Conor McGregor no longer ‘double-champ,’ relinquishes featherweight belt

McGregor held both the featherweight and lightweight belts. © Adam Hunger
Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor will relinquish his featherweight UFC belt to allow for a new title fight. The move comes after the UFC scrambled to fill the main bout at next month's UFC 206.

Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will now battle for the interim belt in Toronto on December 10, with the winner likely to face Jose Aldo in 2017. Aldo currently holds an interim belt in the division after defeating Frankie Edgar in July.

The announcement was made during a UFC event in Melbourne, Australia after Daniel Cormier was forced out of his fight with Anthony Johnson due to injury, leaving the main card event for UFC 206 empty.

McGregor has not fought at featherweight since December 2015, when he knocked out previous champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds.

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McGregor then shifted up two weight classes to welterweight, where he recorded one win and one loss against Nate Diaz, before defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt earlier this month.

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Following the fight, the 28-year-old Dubliner announced he would be taking some time away from fighting as he expects his first child, claiming it would be May 2017 at the earliest before he returns.

McGregor has yet to make a statement on no longer being the “double-champ.”

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