Conor McGregor only holds one title again
By Edward Carbajal
The weekend after Thanksgiving may have been quiet with just the one UFC event in Melbourne, but things were happening in the featherweight division. It was announced on the UFC website that Conor McGregor would vacate the featherweight title and only focus on the lightweight title he won from Eddie Alvarez at the historic UFC 205 event. Jose Aldo is now the undisputed champion by default and both Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will fight for the interim title as the new main event for UFC 206.
For a little while, McGregor was holding titles for two divisions and with his return to action not coming until the summer of 2017, both divisions would have essentially been on hold for half of the New Year. The UFC knows the show must go on so it makes sense to make titles, which fighters will actually be able to defend. It is not as easy as it seems and this action helps fix the issue in the heavyweight division where Daniel Cormier has tried to defend his title, but outside forces prevent him from doing so.
The same weekend brought news of Cormier’s removal from UFC 206 which could have helped in making the decision to use the featherweight bout as the new main event. Is the interim title really necessary in a situation like this? At least fan won’t have to wonder about two divisions being on hold.