The notorious Conor McGregor became the first same-time double champion in UFC history after his second-round knockout lightweight championship win over Eddie Alvarez in December 2016. However, he has never defended the title, and has fought just once in the 14 months since — a 10th round boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, and now the UFC is planning on stripping the title away.
"The belt would move on," and two other fighters would contend for the championship in the Irish striker's absence, according to UFC president Dana White, during an appearance on Fox Sports. "Conor is saying he's thinking about coming back in September and that's almost two years — that can't happen. It's just not fair to everyone else," he said. "I love Conor, respect Conor, and love everything he has done for this company [but] the belt would have to move on, absolutely."
McGregor hasn't yet responded about potentially losing the lightweight champion title or moving up his big return date to the UFC. However, Dana already knows who will fight for the championship once it's taken back form Conor.
"You do Khabib [Nurmagomedov] versus Tony [Ferguson]," White said. "We're working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he will get the first crack at the title."
In other boxing news, Canelo Alvarez is fighting GGG again.