McGregor Relinquishes, Aldo Claims Title
Just two weeks after making history by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two divisions’ titles at the same time, Conor McGregor has relinquished the UFC featherweight championship.
As speculated, Jose Aldo is once again the official UFC featherweight champion, as he has been promoted from interim champion. This will allow for UFC 206 to be headlined by Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis in an interim title fight in the 145-pound division, with the winner to face Aldo sometime in the future.
The original main event for UFC 206 was scheduled to be Daniel Cormier defending the UFC light heavyweight championship against Anthony Johnson. Cormier, however, pulled out from the bout on Friday, suffering from a groin injury that will keep him out of action until the spring.
There was speculation going into UFC Fight Night: Melbourne about what the UFC would do regarding the main event of UFC 206. Anthony Johnson reportedly was offered other opponents, namely Gegard Mousasi, for an interim light heavyweight title fight, but none of those plans came to fruition, as Johnson wants a bout with Cormier.
The Holloway-Pettis bout was confirmed prior to Saturday night’s UFC event, but it was unknown if McGregor would be stripped or forfeit the featherweight title, or if the UFC was going to go with two interim champions in a division for the first time in the promotion’s history.