Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Ridiculous' - SBG chief John Kavanagh slams UFC for stripping Conor McGregor of featherweight title

Published 29/11/2016 | 14:46

Conor McGregor celebrates with his featherweight and lightweight belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor celebrates with his featherweight and lightweight belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez

Conor McGregor lasted for a fortnight as the UFC's first dual-weight champion before he was stripped of his featherweight title in bizarre circumstances.

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Over the weekend, McGregor was asked to relinquish the title, which he won when he shocked the world of MMA by knocking Jose Aldo out in 13 seconds at UFC 194, to ensure there would be a title up for grabs at UFC 206 in Toronto.

Daniel Cormier withdrew from his scheduled Light Heavyweight title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 on December 10 due to injury, leaving a hole in the card.

In order to keep a title bout on the UFC 206 card, officials asked McGregor to relinquish his featherweight title so Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis could fight for the interim UFC featherweight championship.

The winner will then face Jose Aldo, who has replaced McGregor as the featherweight champ - a title he defended seven times before he was humiliated by the Crumlin fighter.

Speaking on RED FM today, McGregor's coach John Kavanagh revealed his disappointment with how the UFC had dealt with the situation.

"For me personally, I'm very disappointed with how they went about doing it. It's a very messy set of circumstances that led to it," he said.

"They lost a main event and then they haphazardly threw together a new main event and they felt they had to make it for a title in order to sell.

"They brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already had and bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion.

"It just seems ridiculous to me. It's only been 11 months since Conor McGregor won that title and there have been many examples of fighters waiting 15-18 months before defending it.

"He's 11 months and they strip him of it. I thought it was very shortsighted of the UFC in how they went about doing it."

Asked if the war of words between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather would result in a bout between the pair in 2017, he said: "If the odds were good enough, I'd put a money on it happening next year."

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