SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 11/26: Conor McGregor reportedly will be stripped of a title, GSP, Fedor, Miesha, Overeem (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Conor McGregor (photo credit Adam Hunger © USA Today)


Conor McGregor is expected to be stripped of his Featherweight Title. is reporting that the UFC is seeking to promote Jose Aldo to Undisputed Featherweight Champion and to make Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway a fight for the Interim Title at UFC 206.

The announcement comes after Daniel Cormier pulled out of his title defense against Anthony Johnson due to injury, leaving the UFC 206 card without a viable main event.

Conor McGregor, who currently holds both the Lightweight Title and Featherweight Title, has yet to comment on the matter.

Cervantes Analysis: The UFC had claimed that McGregor would have to relinquish one of his titles, but I wasn’t sure they’d follow through with that. I’m curious if McGregor had any say in which title he chose to give up or if the UFC unceremoniously made the decision for him and decided to make this fight. We’ll make sure to cover this as more details emerge but things have just taken a big turn in the division.


-Antonio Minotauro Nogueira told Fedor Emelianenko “it is time to retire,” according to MMAJunkie reports that GSP is training as if he is preparing for UFC 206

-UFC Fight Night Belfast on Fox in Netherlands did 30,000 viewers. That was a solid rating for a Saturday evening with stiff competition. Fox had a full studio show with host Neil Peterson and guests Marloes Coenen, Bob Schijber,and Alistair Overeem. Again, a new commentary duo with Sander Schrik now working with Roemer Tromp. Overeem said he will be back in February and that UFC will come back to Holland in 2017. Bob said Stuve was offered a very interesting match to set him up a fight down the line with Miocic. [Thanks to MMATorch reader Henk M.]

-Miesha Tate told MMAJunkie she hopes Amanda Nunes defeats Ronda Rousey at UFC 207.

-CageSport MMA returns to the Pacific Northwest on Dec. 17 when Brian Halquist Productions presents CageSport 43 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. “Many people have asked about CageSport,” said promoter, Brian Halquist. “People liked the team concept, but there are so many regional rivalries that people wanted to see. As a promotional company, you learn that the most important person in the venue is the person who bought the ticket. They have spoken and CageSport title night is on!” The nine-bout card will feature a main event for the CageSport Interim Lightweight championship between Bryan Nuro and Bobby McIntyre. Also fighting at the event will be Drew Brokenshire, Patrick Benson, undefeated Rafael Brewster and Anthony Zender, who will look to extend his winning streak to eight. “We have had a great 2016 so far and this card is the perfect way to close out the year,” Halquist said. “Nuro and McIntyre are two of the most exciting fighters on the West Coast. Either one is deserving of this championship. We have matched some of the best fights out there. I couldn’t be more excited to have CageSport back!” MORE INFO HERE

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NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UDPATE: FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 11/25: McGregor’s striking coach lists three logical “next fights” for Conor (w/Cervantes Analysis)

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