Conor McGregor Vacates UFC Featherweight Title

By Staff  |  11/27/2016

Conor McGregor

Two weeks after becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously, Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title.

The UFC announced Saturday (Nov. 26) that the MMA star has given up the title, in favor of keeping his 155-pound lightweight belt, which he captured via a TKO win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York City.

McGregor (21-3) originally won the UFC 145-pound title last December, via KO of Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194, but never went on to defend the belt. Instead, he fought in a pair of historic welterweight fights against Nate Diaz in 2016 before challenging Alvarez on Nov. 12.

With McGregor vacating the title, Aldo (26-2) -- who defeated Frankie Edgar for the interim title at UFC 200 in July -- has been elevated to undisputed featherweight champion. He previously made seven title defenses before his loss to McGregor.

Following a busy 2016, McGregor has stated that he will take time off, as he awaits the birth of his first child. UFC president Dana White says he won't fight before May.