We’ve got a big weekend for the UFC on tap. Not only does UFC 220 go down featuring two title fights, but there’s a press conference happening on Friday with the headliners of UFC 222 and 223.
It’s at this press conference that many expect the UFC to announce that Conor McGregor has vacated / been stripped of his lightweight title, paving the way for Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight at UFC 223 for the undisputed 155 pound belt.
Dana White has been prepping people for that reality all week on his media tour for UFC 220, saying McGregor can’t “hold the division hostage.” But if he’s reached out to Conor McGregor himself, Conor’s coach John Kavanagh doesn’t know about it.
”I’m hearing this at the same time as everyone else,” he said during a Facebook Live broadcast. “I see there is a press conference that will happen tomorrow. I think Tony and Khabib, or else just Khabib, is being interviewed about the fight that Dana announced in April, which was news to me as well. Maybe they’re going to say it at that. Is it an interim title fight or is it a belt fight? I don’t know.”
”I think regardless of what way it’s sold, I think it’s still going to be known who the champion is. I know that’s going to upset a lot of people, but there you go, that’s my opinion on it. If it happens that those guys fight each other, and if it happens for the belt, they’re both going to think to themselves, ‘I’ve got to beat Conor to be really seen as the champion.’”
With the UFC rumored to have already put a stadium on hold in Moscow for September when Conor plans to return, it sounds like they’ll have their chance. Provided McGregor is still interested in fighting for the UFC after they strip him of a second belt.