Conor McGregor should vacate his featherweight belt if he doesn’t defend it at UFC 200.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 14.49.51 by MACAULAY DALEY

Conor McGregor shocked the world back in December when he knocked out Jose Aldo Jr after just 13 seconds to become the UFC featherweight champion.  

The victory saw him become only the second champion at 145lbs, with Aldo Jr successfully defending the title nine times previously.

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The Notorious knocking out Jose Aldo Jr at UFC 194. (Image Credit:

But McGregor hasn’t fought at featherweight since his title win. Instead, he chose to move up to lightweight to face Rafael Dos Anjos, in a bid to become the first ever UFC dual-weight champion.

Which for a fighter of his standard, is completely acceptable.

However, he ended up fighting, and losing, to welterweight Nate Diaz, with no belt available for him to compete for.

And now, the Irishman has recently hinted on social media that a rematch with the American will happen at UFC 200.

Two days ago, The Notorious posted a picture on Instagram of him landing a punch on Diaz with the caption “It was a good knock. Enjoy it. We’ll see the next time.”

If the rematch does go ahead, McGregor’s belt should be stripped from him, as he wouldn’t have fought at featherweight for eight months.

Both Aldo Jr and Frankie Edgar have expressed an interest of fighting him for the belt, but both of them look set to be disappointed.

Frankie Edgar is one of the fighters hoping for a title shot with McGregor. (Image Credit:

The UFC should take a stand and vacate the title if the Notorious doesn’t drop back down to defend his honour. Yes, he has nothing to lose in a rematch against Diaz, but if he fought at featherweight, he would stand to lose everything that he worked so hard for.

There was a similar scenario in the boxing at the end of last year. Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBO, WBA, WBO and IBF titles, but was stripped of the latter after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.

The rules aren’t the same at UFC as there are no mandatory challengers, but you could easily imagine McGregor complaining if the holder of a belt was denying him the chance to compete.

Title fights are what all the fans look forward to. The hype before McGregor vs Aldo Jr was incredible and drew the highest ever Pay-Per-View viewing figures in UFC history.

But we’re talking about the main man at the UFC. McGregor sells his fights like nobody else in the business and no matter who he fights, it will be one hell of an occasion.


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