Conor McGregor officially relinquishes Featherweight Title, Jose Aldo becomes sole title holder in division (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Conor McGregor has officially relinquished his Featherweight Title.

Multiple sources reported Saturday that the UFC was expected to strip McGregor of the title in order to create an interim title fight for the Featherweight Title at UFC 206, but no official announcement had been made at the time.

Though abrupt, this announcement does not come as a complete surprise as the UFC announced well in advance of McGregor becoming a dual division champion that he’d have to choose which division he’d compete in.

With McGregor formally relinquishing the belt, Jose Aldo has been promoted from the Interim Featherweight Champion to the Undisputed Featherweight Champion.

Cervantes Analysis: Forcing McGregor to relinquish the Featherweight title in an effort to save the UFC 206 card seems a bit shortsighted of the UFC. I personally didn’t think it was a very strong card in terms of drawing power to begin with, and I don’t think an interim title fight between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway warrants a PPV. The only real winner of this announcement is Aldo, who is again the champion and will likely not have to face McGregor again anytime soon. I’m curious about how McGregor feels about all this and what his next move will be.

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