Breaking News:

Keep up with So Much Sports on Twitter @SoMuchSports

McGregor relinquishes featherweight title

Conor McGregor never defended his featherweight title and relinquishes it after nearly a year to focus on being the lightweight champion.

Conor McGregor never defended his featherweight title and relinquishes it after nearly a year to focus on being the lightweight champion.

Conor McGregor’s run as the UFC’s first simultaneous multi-division champion lasted just 14 days. On Saturday, Nov. 26 it was announced that McGregor vacated his featherweight title that he won last December in 13 seconds by knocking out Jose Aldo, and has yet to defend or schedule a defense for. Moving forward, McGregor will keep his lightweight title that he earn when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round at UFC 205.

Aldo has been promoted from interim champion, a belt he earned by beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, to undisputed champion. However, there will be a new interim champion coming at UFC 206. After Daniel Cormier had to pull out of his light heavyweight title defense against Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, the Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis bout has been elevated to the main event for the interim featherweight title, with the winner going on to fight Aldo in a unification bout.

While McGregor even said before after winning the featherweight belt that he would never fight again at 145-pounds, his vacating of the belt is bitter-sweet. On one hand, it re-opens up a loaded and competitive division that has great fights waiting to be made. On the other hand, there were so many fights that McGregor should have been involved with. Aldo deserved a rematch, a much improved Holloway did too. A McGregor-Edgar fight never happened either as the brash Irishman decided to abandon the weight class after taking the belt for a year without a defense.

But finally the division can just move forward with Aldo back as the title holder, with a red-hot rising star like Holloway chasing the belt, a former lightweight champion trying to regain his former glory in a new weight class in Pettis and a great veteran who has always been in the title picture, Edgar, still around. With fighters like Cub Swanson, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Yair Rodriguez all skill around, there is depth there too.

Hopefully, McGregor fully focuses on the lightweight division and defending his belt instead of trying to challenge for the welterweight belt, which was formerly in his plans and seemed to still be in his plans when he exchanged some words with Tyrone Woodley during the weigh-ins two weeks ago. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson both deserve title shots right away. Edson Barboza is a fight or two away from getting in the title picture as well and McGregor’s great rival Nate Diaz is highly-ranked in the division as well. In that division too, there are some great fights to be made as long as McGregor is actually willing to take the fights.

The following two tabs change content below.

Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

Comments are closed.