UFC President Dana White has made it clear that Conor McGregor will be stripped of the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 223 on April 7th.
The official poster that was released for UFC 223 showed that the fight was for the “world lightweight championship,” but with no final word from upper management if it would mean that Conor McGregor would be stripped of the title.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday, UFC president Dana White made it official.
“That’s exactly right: As soon as one punch is thrown, it’s on for the full title and it’s only fair. They’ve both worked their way up to No. 1 and No. 2. They deserve a shot,” White said.
“This is good news for the fans. I always hear about, ‘What will you do if this guy leaves …’ This is a sport first. People leave, they’ve made money and moved on. It happens,” said White.
White did mention that he would be open to having McGregor face whoever wins the main event fight in Brooklyn on April 7th. ”Conor does want the belt, he does want to be the champion, but he doesn’t want to defend it. I’d love to see him fight the winner of Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagedov next,” added White.
McGregor won the 155-pound title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, which was also his last UFC fight. He has not defended the belt a single time since winning it. This is not the first time that McGregor will have been stripped of a UFC Title. Subsequently, after beating Alvarez at UFC 205, McGregor would be stripped of the Featherweight Title.