Rumors have been circulating about the future of the UFC featherweight division and now the fate has been officially announced: Conor McGregor has relinquished his featherweight belt.
Jon Anik announced the news that two division champion Conor McGregor would "relinquish" the belt during UFC Melbourne, adding that Jose Aldo would become the official featherweight champion.
So why did this happen? Was Conor never going to go back down to the featherweight division? Anik gives some insight on a cloudy situation:
The bout between Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis will be for the interim featherweight title as the main event of #UFC206.
The UFC confirmed the news via a press release which read that McGregor "opted to keep the 155-pound title," which he won by defeating Eddie Alvarez just two weeks ago at #UFC205. McGregor became the UFC's first ever two-division champion.
The news is shocking to many fans as McGregor was adamant he would not give up either the featherweight or lightweight belt, but after announcing he was expecting his first child and would be taking a break from the UFC, he may have had a change of heart.
Also surprising, is the need for an interim title if former interim champion Jose Aldo was already given the official title.
The winner of the Holloway vs. Pettis bout will face Aldo in 2017 for the unified featherweight belt.
Holloway vs. Pettis was moved to the main event slot after Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from his title defense against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson due to injury.
McGregor defeated Aldo in just 13 seconds to win the undisputed featherweight title (he held the interim title previously), but he has not fought at featherweight since.