Tonight during the UFC press conference featuring featherweight champion Max Holloway, featherweight challenger Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson UFC president Dana White introduced the Tony Ferguson as the lightweight champion but flat out refused to confirm Conor McGregor had been stripped for the second time.
When Ferguson made his way onto the stage he was introduced as the champion, rather than the interim champion, which he won after defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216. A member of the media in attendance then asked Dana if Conor had officially been stripped and the UFC president refused to answer directly, instead only answering “This fight is for the undisputed championship.” The members of the media pushed for Dana to admit he had stripped McGregor of the championship but he refused and did not directly admit it but with Ferguson being announced as the champion and the several information graphics that pop up during the press conference showing Ferguson being labelled champion (C) rather than the interim champion (IC), It is clear that Conor McGregor has been stripped of his title and Tony Ferguson is now the undisputed champion but for whatever reason, White did not want to say it himself.
What does this mean for the future of Conor McGregor? Will this spur him on to come back quicker or will it shoot Dana and the UFC in the foot and influence Conor to call it a day on his MMA career? Let us know what you think in the comments below.