When it was announced that Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would meet at UFC 223 in April for the lightweight title, confusion reigned over whether absentee champion Conor McGregor had been stripped of his belt.
Weeks later, the question was still left unanswered, with UFC president Dana White not giving any clear indications one way or the other.
Now, however, the UFC boss has confirmed that the Irishman is indeed set to lose the belt he won in record-breaking fashion back at UFC 205 in November of 2016.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, White revealed that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov will go to war for the ‘real’ belt and that McGregor understands his title must be taken from him.
While he hopes the Dubliner will return to face the winner of the title clash in August or September, he concedes that “Conor might never come back”.
Having secured his future multiple times over when he made his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather last August, speculation has been rife over whether McGregor would return to the octagon.
Though he has indicated as much, there is still no sign of it happening, despite the unanswered questions over a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, a contest against either Ferguson or Nurmagomedov or even a mooted MMA bout with Mayweather himself.
Right now, nobody is sure what the future holds for McGregor. All we know is he will be without another UFC title strap very soon.