The fate of Conor McGregor’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion belt was unclear considering that Khabib Nurmagomedov and reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway are set to fight for the title at “UFC 223.” But recently, UFC President Dana White finally gave a definitive statement about the title.
“Conor’s losing the belt,” MMA Fighting quoted White as saying during the “UFC 223” press conference on April 4, 2018. “(Nurmagomedov and Holloway) are fighting for the belt.”
The main event of “UFC 223” was originally a bout between Nurgamomedov and Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson. But on April 1, 2018, White announced that Ferguson had pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury and would be replaced by Holloway.
“We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,” White clarified during the “UFC 223” press conference. “Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only person here who is losing a belt is Conor.”
On the other hand, White confirmed that McGregor will fight in 2018. The last time the latter fought was on November 12, 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez via punches in the second round at “UFC 205.”
When McGregor made his UFC debut at “UFC Sweden 2” on April 6, 2013, he knocked out Marcus Brimage via punches in the first round. On August 17, 2013, McGregor fought inside the UFC cage for the second time and defeated Holloway via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 26.”
Currently, McGregor has 21 wins and 3 losses. Holloway has 19 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, Nurmagomedov is still an undefeated fighter with 25 wins. He won 9 of those wins inside the UFC cage.
Taking place on April 7, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, “UFC 223” marks the first time Nurmagomedov is fighting for a title. It also marks Holloway’s first attempt to become the second fighter in the UFC to hold two titles simultaneously following the footsteps of McGregor who used to hold both the featherweight and lightweight belts.
Here is a clip featuring Nurmagomedov and Holloway: