Conor McGregor denies vacating UFC featherweight title

Last week, a late injury to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier forced the Ultimate Fighting Championship to make some changes to UFC 206.

According to the promotion, featherweight title holder Conor McGregor, who also holds the UFC lightweight belt, relinquished his 145-pound championship. As a result, Jose Aldo was appointed the undisputed title holder, while Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will battle it out for the interim title in the main event on Dec. 10.

The winner will then face Aldo at a later date to unify the titles.

But what about McGregor?

The brash Irishman had yet to comment on the news of relinquishing his belt, but during an appearance in Belfast on Friday,  McGregor made it clear that he has a very different picture of the featherweight division than the UFC.

“I (told the UFC), ‘I ain’t stripped.’ I’ve still got that belt,” said McGregor. “That belt is sitting in my home right now. I’m still the two-weight world champion.”

Did we expect him to say anything else?

McGregor recently was issued his boxing license in the state of California, while he previously stated he plans on taking some time off to be with his longtime girlfriend, Dee Devlin, who is having the couple’s first child.

It’s going to be interesting to see what ultimately happens when McGregor returns to the Octagon, because it looks like we could be set up for an epic battle between the two-weight champ and the UFC.

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