Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, reportedly said that if Conor McGregor doesn't step into the Octagon soon he could lose his lightweight championship title. The last time McGregor fought was when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in a win, giving him the UFC lightweight championship. That was in November 2016. After winning the lightweight championship, the UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight championship. He had become the first dual-weight champion.
There sure does seem to be a lot of stripping of titles going on! Mike Bohn broke the news on Twitter:
Dana White tells FS1 that UFC is working on Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov after Conor McGregor telling him he may not fight until September. Would McGregor be stripped? "Absolutely," he says.— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 15, 2018
MMA fans have opinions about this — few that this writer understands. It appears some folks don't care for this Conor fella?
Lol UFC catered to him, gave him gift titleshot vs Alvarez.— Young King Fillip (@thekingfil) January 15, 2018
Now they are dead in the water. Killed their credibility.
On the other hand, this Dana guy doesn't seem very popular either:
Let's see if Dana actually keeps his word and strips him.— Jack Hargreaves (@HargreavesJJ) January 16, 2018
And Tug here wasn't buying any of it:
Eh who cares. Every damn division seems to have an interim title holder. Belts used to mean something special. Now they pass them out like Oprah.— Tug Speedman (@KyleGiles_) January 16, 2018
H/T: Bleacher Report