It looks like Conor McGregor will eat his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) cake and have it, too.
Rather than defend the 145-pound title that he won with a 13-second first round knockout of long-time champion, Jose Aldo, McGregor will instead rematch Nate Diaz in the non-title, Welterweight main event of UFC 200, which takes place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., July 9, 2016 (more on that here).
As a consequence, UFC has decided to introduce an interim Featherweight belt, which Aldo and former Lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, will vie for on UFC 200's PPV main card. "UFC Tonight" broke the news earlier this evening on FOX Sports 1, meaning that both Aldo and Edgar will have to wait even longer to battle McGregor despite their repeated attempts to bait the Irishman into defending his newly-won belt.
Indeed, it's a bit strange that the Featherweight champion is fighting on the same night that the 145-pound interim title is up for grabs, but that's apparently what happens when the "the ‘C' in UFC stands for Conor."
Aldo and Edgar have already locked horns, going five full rounds back at UFC 156 in Feb. 2013 with "Scarface" pulling out a close decision over "The Answer." Since that time, Aldo has defeated top-ranked contenders Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Chad Mendes before his loss to McGregor. Edgar, meanwhile, has piled up impressive victories over Charles Oliveira, B.J. Penn, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and the aforementioned Mendes.
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