It's been just a few weeks since Conor McGregor hoisted two gold belts onto his shoulders in front of an adoring Madison Square Garden crowd at #UFC205, now it could all be over. According to Ariel Helwani, the UFC is actively looking to strip Conor McGregor of his featherweight title, a belt he won a year ago but hasn't defended due to fighting twice at welterweight and once at lightweight in 2016.
Could the storybook run of Ireland's favorite athlete already be over? Could this be the UFC pushing back at #ConorMcGregor's demands for shares in the company?
Who knows? One thing's for certain — the MMA world is pissed.
Of course, some people are pleased by this (potential) decision:
So, you can look at this a few different ways. One of which is that WME/IMG is trying to maintain interest in the increasingly weak UFC 206 by putting a belt on the line, and getting McGregor's name surrounding an event he has nothing to do with. It's unfortunate, but Daniel Cormier getting injured and pulling out (he hasn't defended his title since October 3rd, 2015 but fought Anderson Silva on two days notice) seemingly led to Conor getting stripped. Weird.