McGregor relinquishes featherweight title, Aldo now champion

The UFC announced on Saturday that two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title.

McGregor (21-3) beat now-former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 earlier this month to win the 155-lb title, making him the first to ever hold two UFC belts simultaneously. A topic of discussion following his victory was whether or not he would be stripped of either of his titles since he wouldn’t be to consistently defend both.

Former long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2), who won the interim title with a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, has been crowned undisputed champion as a result. The 30-year old Brazilian originally lost his belt to McGregor via 13-second knockout last December and was adamant on getting a rematch, even threatening to leave the UFC if he didn’t.

Following the announcement, Aldo said he wants to defend his belt against the winner of Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis before moving up to lightweight to face McGregor.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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