Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 12-27-2016
How would you grade UFC’s handling of the Featherweight Title situation? How would you have handled it differently?
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
What a difference three weeks can make. When Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York to win the Lightweight Title, the UFC paraded him around the cage and yelled from the mountain tops that history had been made. That was on November 12.
On November 26, Conor was back to holding one belt. The UFC announced that Conor gave up the Featherweight Title “out of necessity,” during Fight Night in Melbourne. It was clearly a knee-jerk reaction to Daniel Cormier pulling out of his UFC 206 rematch against Anthony Johnson. Dana White and the UFC are “booking on the fly.” For WWE fans, it’s one of their biggest complaints against Vince McMahon and his product. I’m not saying the UFC does it nearly as much, but it is something they need to be wary of.
Is Conor McGregor going to defend the Featherweight Title again? Probably not. I understand the need for the UFC to get the title off of him, but there had to be a better way to do it. Why not just announce Conor is making a permanent move to lightweight? Therefore, the need for him to relinquish the Featherweight Title. At least this way, McGregor and the UFC can make it look like they’re in agreement with the decision.
The silver lining in all of it is the amount of money both parties are going to make when McGregor decides he wants to come back to Featherweight and fight for a title he never lost.
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