Uh oh…Former (?) UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has gone off on one at his employers yet again. For the second time in his UFC career, McGregor is faced with being stripped of his title with UFC 223 just days away…
The UFC lightweight division is set to undergo massive changes this weekend. Ahead of the monster UFC 223 pay-per-view, things have been typically chaotic where the UFC lightweight division is concerned.
Originally headlined by the never-ending feud between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, UFC 223 took a last minute hit when ‘El Cucuy’ dropped out injured. Fortunately, Max Holloway was able to step in and take on ‘The Eagle’ instead.
Stripped of the interim title, Ferguson must now watch as Khabib and ‘Blessed’ compete for the full belt, but that’s only going to be official once both men make weight. Meanwhile, McGregor was reported ‘nowhere to be found’ when requested as a replacement for Ferguson.
Conor McGregor Sends Brutal Message
Much like when he was stripped of the featherweight title in the lead up to UFC 206, Max Holloway is involved. Thinking about it, Holloway and McGregor have been inexplicably linked ever since their 2013 clash.
Responding to the news that either Khabib or his former opponent Holloway will be crowned full champion at UFC 223, McGregor had a verbal tirade to send the UFC on Twitter:
You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing cunts.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2018
Dana Confirmed Earlier Today
As per a report on Lad Bible, the UFC president Dana White confirmed McGregor is being stripped:
“Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year,” White said.
White explained that he did not think McGregor would be attending Saturday’s UFC223 fight, adding: “It would be awesome if Conor came. This is a fight that is obviously very important to him and his future.
“It would be awesome if Conor was here, but no, I don’t think he has any plans to be here.”
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“We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,” White said, reiterating: “Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped, the only one that’s losing a belt here is Conor.
“Conor is losing the belt. These two are fighting for the belt.
“The interim these two were supposed to fight for, fight doesn’t happen, now one of these guys will be the champion. Tony is still the number one contender.”
White insisted that he was reluctant to book them for a fifth time.
He added: “It’s the last fight on earth that I want to make again. This will be five times – that’s insane – but obviously, however this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there.
“Tony is still the number one ranked guy in the world either way no matter who wins, so believe me I’ll deal with that when it’s time to deal with it,” he said.