The UFC president Dana White spoke to Yahoo Sports recently about Conor McGregor and the decision for him to relinquish the UFC Featherweight title.
Conor McGregor made history at UFC 205 in November for being the first in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight classes at the same time. Dana White however always said that once Conor did, that he would need to eventually give one up.
After winning the 145lbs belt back at UFC 194 in December 2015, Conor hadss yet to defend it. “Look I let Conor fight Diaz and then I let him fight Diaz again”, Dana White told Yahoo Sports. “Then there was the whole 155lbs thing I let him do. But at the end of the day, him doing that tied up the division for a year. There’s a log jam there and a lot of guys were angry”.
After the main event for UFC 206 fell apart. A new main event between Featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis was set to now headline the event and would be for the interim title. “This was my way to fix the log jam” White explained. “I wanted Aldo to fight Holloway for the belt, but he needed more time. So I looked at it and I said, well it makes sense to make Aldo the champion and then have Holloway and Pettis fight for the interim title, and when Jose’s ready, barring any crazy injuries, the winner can fight him”.
When responding to the recent comments of John Kavanagh, that it was a ‘short sighted’ decision by the UFC, Dana white said he was ‘misinformed’. “He doesn’t know all that has gone on I guess. Said Dana. “Do you just think that I did this, it was Conor’s decision”.
Conor McGregor has yet to comment on the situation.