Only Person Stripped Of Title Is Conor
While the title of “interim” UFC lightweight champion has been taken away from Tony Ferguson, UFC President Dana White claims that his title of number one contender for the lightweight championship remains.
At Wednesday’s UFC 223 press conference, White explained that who ever walks out of UFC 223’s main event as the winner will be the undisputed lightweight champion. Ferguson would have had the opportunity, but tore a ligament in his knee late last week during a media tour.
Ferguson would be replaced by featherweight title holder Max Holloway, who now will face the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. And while White is not interested in booking a Ferguson and Nurmagomedov fight for a fifth time, as the last four attempts have not reached the octagon, but Ferguson is still the top contender for the title.
“It’s the last fight on earth that I want to make again. This will be five times — that’s insane — but obviously, however this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there. Tony is still the number one ranked guy in the world either way no matter who wins, so believe me I’ll deal with that when it’s time to deal with it,” he said.
The UFC president was insistent that Ferguson was not being “stripped” of the title.
“There’s no stripping. We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson. Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only person here who is losing a belt is Conor. Conor’s losing the belt, these two are fighting for the belt.
“The interim belt that he had, those two [Nurmagomedov and Ferguson] were supposed to fight — doesn’t happen. One of these guys will be the champion,” said White referring to Nurmagomedov and Holloway. “Tony is still the No. 1 contender.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting