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.