CONOR MCGREGOR WILL lose his UFC lightweight belt to the victor of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight at UFC 223 on 7 April, according to UFC President Dana White.
McGregor has not fought in UFC since November 2016, when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight championship to his featherweight belt, becoming the first man in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.
The Irishman was stripped of his 145-pound title due to his change in divisions, and his inactivity having switched to boxing for a megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr last August means he is set to lose out again.
White confirmed the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov bout in Brooklyn will decide the new lightweight champion.
That’s exactly right: As soon as one punch is thrown, it’s on for the full title and it’s only fair,” White told the Los Angeles Times.
“They’ve both worked their way up to number one and number two. They deserve a shot.”
“This is good news for the fans. I always hear about, ‘What will you do if this guy leaves?’ This is a sport first. People leave, they’ve made money and moved on. It happens.”
McGregor has expressed interest in returning to the octagon, and White would be open to him having a shot at regaining the title upon his return.
“I’d love to see him fight the winner of Ferguson-Khabib next,” White said.
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