Tuesday 17 January 2017

Conor McGregor in danger of losing featherweight belt if he doesn't 'clear up' his 'retirement'

Published 20/04/2016 | 19:29

TORRANCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor holds up the championship belt during a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC Gym February 24, 2016, in Torrance, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
TORRANCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor holds up the championship belt during a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC Gym February 24, 2016, in Torrance, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

It is unclear at this stage just how permanent Conor McGregor's 'retirement' might turn out to be, but if he doesn't clarify his future quickly he might lose the thing he spent his entire UFC career working towards.

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McGregor won the featherweight title after a sensational first round knockout of Brazilian Jose Aldo before Christmas to finally claim the championship belt he had been talking about winning for years.

Rather than defend it, McGregor opted to move up in weight class for his next fight, where he was upset by Nate Diaz at UFC 196. Before his retirement tweet, he had been scheduled for a rematch with Diaz at UFC 200, where Aldo would fight top featherweight contender Frankie Edgar in an interim title fight.

The winner of that bout would then have fought the Dubliner but according to UFC President Dana White, if McGregor doesn't quickly clarify his plans, he may be stripped of his belt altogether.

"Conor needs to this clear up and he needs to clear it up fast," White said in an interview with Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports 1.

"Because if he doesn't then Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will fight for the vacant title."

Just another interesting update in what has rapidly become one of the most interesting sagas in sport.

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