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UFC 206 Gets A New Title Fight, McGregor Gives Up Title
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 17: Anthony Pettis looks on during his lightweight bout against Eddie Alvarez (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden on January 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


If in doubt, make a fight for the interim belt.  UFC booking 101.  With Daniel Cormier out of UFC 206, and Rumble Johnson apparently wanting to wait for him to get healthy rather than fight a replacement opponent, the UFC needs a new main event that has some gravitas for the pay-per-view going down in two weeks in Toronto. So, throw a meaningless interim title belt into the mix to try to trick people into thinking it’s important.

As per Ariel Helwani, here’s the new plan for UFC 206:

But wait, you say.  There already is a holder of the fake title known as the interim UFC Featherweight Champion – Jose Aldo.  Helwani has more:


Yes, what about Mr. Conor McGregor, the first man in UFC history to hold two weight class belts simultaneously?

I have a feeling we all know how McGregor would respond to that.

More news as it becomes available, Manifestors.  Keep it locked.


UPDATE: Holloway vs Pettis for the interim title has now been made official.

UPDATE #2: McGregor has “relinquished” his featherweight title, making Jose Aldo the official featherweight champion.