It seems that UFC 206 continues to disappoint people, as Daniel Cormier has confirmed his injury barring him to headline the event against Anthony Johnson. But it is not just MMA fans who will be feeling the disappointment as reports now indicate that Conor McGregor will be stripped of his featherweight title to give way to the Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway fight.
Although the UFC may have a hard time doing this as McGregor was quoted as saying that the fight promotion company will “need a f****ng army to come take these belts off me.”
So was the UFC already gathering their army? From the looks of it, yes.
And it’s not exactly an army of soldiers, but an army of logic. Because logic dictates that McGregor will have to give up his featherweight title to the winner of the Holloway and Pettis fight, to make way for a bout against current interim champion Jose Aldo.
Add this to the fact that UFC president Dana White has seemed adamant to have McGregor vacate the featherweight title makes this current predicament an inevitability. It just comes to a lot earlier (Conor’s been two-division champ for just 21 days) than many, including the Notorious, expected.
Conor McGregor will be stripped of his featherweight title? Will go for 170?
Surprisingly, though, McGregor has been quiet since rumors of the UFC 206 interim match began making its rounds. But UFC fans can surely expect the promotion company to get a mouthful from the vocal Irishman.
Should he be stripped of his featherweight belt, though, he can still try and attempt 170. Against Tyron Woodley. McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh thinks it is “doable.”
“I’m sure the haters would love that,” Kavanagh responded to a supposed fight with Woodley. “I don’t know. Maybe it won’t happen. We’ve got so many irons in the fire at this stage. Of course, he’s a bigger man, he’s got more power and you’ve gotta be super careful. But Conor trains with big guys like this. I see him do amazing things in the gym all the time.”
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