ByJason Nawara, writer at
Jason Nawara

We went from one of, if not the most historical moments in MMA history when Conor McGregor won his second simultaneous title at , to a head scratcher. Why would the UFC strip, or force to relinquish his featherweight title when he hasn't defended in nearly a year? Why make your most popular fighter unhappy? Why screw with sports history. It doesn't add up.

And Conor McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh thinks the UFC blew it. Coach K. was on the Red FM Breakfast Show and spilled his guts (h/t SevereMMA for the transcription):

“It was more the UFC. For me personally, I was very disappointed with how they went about doing it. It was a very messy set of circumstances which led to doing it. They lost a main event (at UFC 206) and then they haphazardly threw together a new main event.”

Coach K. is talking about Daniel Cormier pulling out with an injury (Cormier hasn't defended his light heavyweight belt in over a year but to be fair, fought Anderson Silva at UFC 200) and the UFC promoting Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway to the main event for the interim featherweight title. Rather than, you know, making it a no. 1 contender match.

“They felt they had to make this for a title in order for it to sell so they brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already has and then bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion. Which just seems ridiculous to me.”

It's ridiculous to many. Even if Conor wasn't going to go back down, he deserved a little time to bask in his historic glory.

Coach K. is so upset he can't help but laugh.

Totally un-biased website The Mac Life made an excellent argument for why McGregor shouldn't be stripped. To summarize, McGregor has fought 3 times since beating Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap, and nearly half a dozen champions in the history of the UFC have gone far longer without a title defense.

Granted, there were fewer events back then, so maybe this is a sea change for the sport. More interim titles, more confusion, less coherent championship lineage.


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