The UFC rollercoaster drama continues.
Even though the UFC had repeatedly insisted that Conor McGregor wouldn’t be able to hold two simultaneous title belts if he was able to win them; for a short-term it seemed that UFC’s favorite and spoiled child had gotten his way. However, that impression only lasted two weeks.
The “Notorious” Irishman, Conor McGregor became last Saturday, November 12, the first UFC fighter to hold two division championships simultaneously, after knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the second round. At that point, McGregor owned the featherweight and lightweight championships.
Sadly for McGregor, his charms weren’t enough to avoid getting stripped from one belt as promised by UFC boss, Dana White. On Saturday’s UFC Fight Night broadcast, the organization announced that McGregor would give up his 145-pound belt, making Jose Aldo the new undisputed champ.
One problem for the organization is the fact that even though Jose Aldo recently defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, no one can erase the image of him getting one punch knocked out by McGregor. To make things worst, the organization surprisingly decide to move UFC 206 co-main event fight between Anthony Pettis (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Max Holloway (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), not only to main event, but to an interim UFC featherweight title shot.
The decision came right after the cancellation of the light-heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Which many, have described as a desperate act to save the Per Pay View event and some extra thousands of dollars.
Money On The Line Or Best Interests?
Many have seriously criticized the fighting promotional company for the way they have handled the featherweight title on the line and UFC 206 fight card. Social media has blown in comments and discussion regarding the subject. In fact, even Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have reacted skeptical and concerned.
Holloway has been building his name and ranking in an impressive way and Anthony Pettis has proven to be one of the best for a long time, but many are questioning their true right to claim the belt. On the other hand, Aldo actually believes he lost the belt against Conor McGregor, because of an accident and he is sure he would get it back in a rematch. Nonetheless, the position of many MMA fans out there is that turning this fight into a title shot is simply fraudulent.
Now, we can’t ignore the fact that Conor McGregor has avoided defending the 145-pound belt, and instead has strongly tried to fight for belt in a different division. In my opinion, if you really want to prove you are the best in different divisions, you should sweep them out. At least, successfully defend your belt a couple of times, before planning to move up or down to another weight class. It is quite obvious that no one can keep a belt they don’t plan on defending.
Anyway, UFC 206 is set and one way or the other; the organization has worked their way to add extra spice to the event. Therefore, you shouldn’t underestimate the event. Be prepared because bettors will be taking action on it.