UFC president Dana White has again confirmed that he intends to strip Conor McGregor of his lightweight title.
Speaking during last night’s UFC 223 press conference, White made it clear that it will happen on Saturday night once the main event begins. He also confirmed that the only person being stripped will be McGregor. Interim champion Tony Ferguson will retain his title and the number one contender status which accompanies it.
This morning, the outspoken Irishman took to Twitter to respond to the news that he is about to lose the belt he is yet to defend.
During the press conference, White also opened the door for Max Holloway to keep both his UFC featherweight title and the lightweight belt should he successfully end Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 26 fight unbeaten run on Saturday night.
This news will not go down well with McGregor. The self proclaimed ‘Champ Champ’ found himself swiftly stripped of the featherweight belt after defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205.
White’s only stipulation for Holloway holding two titles simultaneously was the Hawaiian being willing and able to fight frequently enough to defend both belts.
White did confirm that McGregor will “100% be back” this year. Whatever the outcome on Saturday, we are still some way from finally resolving the chaos which has reigned at the top of the 155lb division.