McGregor re­lin­quishes feath­er­weight belt

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NEW YORK:

UFC’s first dual divi­sion cham­pion Conor McGregor has re­lin­quished his feath­er­weight ti­tle with Jose Aldo re­plac­ing the Ir­ish­man as the cat­e­gory’s undis­puted cham­pion, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day. The move was trig­gered by a se­quence of events that fol­lowed light-heavy­weight cham­pion Daniel Cormier’s with­drawal from his sched­uled ti­tle de­fence against An­thony John­son at UFC 206 on Dec 10 due to in­jury. McGregor, who knocked out Ed­die Al­varez this month to claim the light­weight crown and be­come the first fighter in the pro­mo­tion’s his­tory to hold two UFC belts si­mul­ta­ne­ously, had pre­vi­ously said he did not want to give up ei­ther ti­tle. He won the feath­er­weight crown by de­feat­ing Brazil­ian Aldo in 13 sec­onds at UFC 194 last De­cem­ber. In or­der to keep a ti­tle bout on the UFC 206 card, of­fi­cials asked McGregor to re­lin­quish his feath­er­weight ti­tle so Max Hol­loway and An­thony Pet­tis could fight for the in­terim UFC feath­er­weight cham­pi­onship.

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