Dana White explains why McGregor is now only a one division champion

Dana White explains why McGregor is now only a one division champion

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At UFC 205 Conor McGregor made history, becoming the first man to become a two weight champion in the UFC.

This however has been a short lived accolade. Last week, during UFC Fight Night 101, the UFC announced that McGregor had relinquished his featherweight title, but he would keep the lightweight belt. The interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo would become the undisputed 145-pound champion, and that Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis would fight at UFC 206 for the interim title.

There is still some mystery as to how it all went down but Dana White told Yahoo sports his reasoning behind it:

“Look, I let Conor fight Nate Diaz and then, I let him fight Diaz again,” White said. “Then, there was the whole 155-pound thing I let him do. But at the end of the day, him doing that tied up the division for a year. There’s a logjam there and a lot of guys were [angry].

“This was my way to fix the logjam. I wanted Aldo to fight Holloway for the belt, but he needed more time. So I looked at it and I said, well, it makes sense to make Aldo the champion and then have Holloway and Pettis fight for the interim title, and when Jose’s ready, barring any crazy injuries, the winner can fight him.”

This seems the fairest outcome for the featherweight division, a division with a plethora of hungry top contenders. They can now sort out who the 145 champion is, without having to wait for ‘The Notorious’ to make his next move!

– Steve Brigg
@stevebrigg

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