Conor McGregor vacates UFC featherweight championship

Conor McGregor is no longer a two-weight UFC world champion.

Just two weeks after the brash Irishman became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two weight classes simultaneously by beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweighttitle at UFC 205 in New York City, McGregor has vacated his featherweight belt.

The news, which had been speculated for the past few days, was confirmed during Saturday night’s UFC Melbourne broadcast.

By vacating the featherweight strap, interim champion Jose Aldo becomes the undisputed champ.

The No. 1 contender for Aldo’s belt will be determined in the main event of UFC 206 next month, when Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway battle it out for the new interim title.

The decision was made following an injury to light heavyweight title holder Daniel Cormer, who was set to defend his belt against Anthony Johnson in the main event before suffering a torn abductor tendon in his groin.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds but will not receive a replacement opponent for the event.

UFC 206 takes place on Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The updated fight card can be seen below.

  • Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis – for interim featherweight title
  • Matt Brown vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tim Kennedy
  • Dooho Choi vs. Cub Swanson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
  • Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
  • John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
  • Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Zach Makovsky vs. Dustin Ortiz
  • Emil Meek vs. Jordan Mein

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Photo Credit: Twitter/Conor McGregor

Daniel Cormier injured, forced to withdraw from UFC 206
Daniel Cormier injured, forced to withdraw from UFC 206