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Did Conor McGregor Actually Give Up UFC Title?

There is some debate over Conor McGregor’s ‘relinquishing’ the UFC Featherweight championship.

UFC announced that McGregor had given up the title, however Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting is reporting that UFC actually took the decision to strip the belt from McGregor, something the fighter did not agree with.

He could have continued to swap between Featherweight and Lightweight classes to defend both belts, however UFC president Dana White has appeared to take that choice away from him, deciding to now have the Featherweight title be moved onto Interim Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, while Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis battle for the vacant Interim Featherweight strap at UFC 206, leading to a unification bout against Aldo next year.

In the company’s defense, they are fully entitled to take the title from McGregor, as the belt has not been defended since UFC 194 in December 2015, when McGregor originally won it.

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