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Not even Conor McGregor’s coach knows if the UFC is about to take his belt

Rumor has it the UFC will strip McGregor at a press conference on Friday. If it’s true, those around Conor haven’t heard anything about it.

We’ve got a big weekend for the UFC on tap. Not only does UFC 220 go down featuring two title fights, but there’s a press conference happening on Friday with the headliners of UFC 222 and 223.

It’s at this press conference that many expect the UFC to announce that Conor McGregor has vacated / been stripped of his lightweight title, paving the way for Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight at UFC 223 for the undisputed 155 pound belt.

Dana White has been prepping people for that reality all week on his media tour for UFC 220, saying McGregor can’t “hold the division hostage.” But if he’s reached out to Conor McGregor himself, Conor’s coach John Kavanagh doesn’t know about it.

”I’m hearing this at the same time as everyone else,” he said during a Facebook Live broadcast. “I see there is a press conference that will happen tomorrow. I think Tony and Khabib, or else just Khabib, is being interviewed about the fight that Dana announced in April, which was news to me as well. Maybe they’re going to say it at that. Is it an interim title fight or is it a belt fight? I don’t know.”

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”I think regardless of what way it’s sold, I think it’s still going to be known who the champion is. I know that’s going to upset a lot of people, but there you go, that’s my opinion on it. If it happens that those guys fight each other, and if it happens for the belt, they’re both going to think to themselves, ‘I’ve got to beat Conor to be really seen as the champion.’”

With the UFC rumored to have already put a stadium on hold in Moscow for September when Conor plans to return, it sounds like they’ll have their chance. Provided McGregor is still interested in fighting for the UFC after they strip him of a second belt.

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Solves Holly Holm Riddle, Retains Belt

As a main event meant to put a big exclamation point on 2017, UFC 219’s Cris Cyborg versus Holly Holm certainly looked good on paper. The dominant champ against the only striker in the entire division capable of standing with her? Sure, give me some. Thankfully, over the course of five rounds, the fight delivered […]

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Georges St-Pierre Bails on Middleweight Division, Belt Up for Grabs

Well, it happened. Legendary welterweight Georges St-Pierre came out of retirement to face middleweight champ Michael Bisping, beat him, and then, a mere 33 days later, has vacated the belt. Ugh. Now interim champ Robert Whittaker is the real king, and his first test will be against former champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in […]

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Georges St-Pierre Bails on Middleweight Division, Belt Up for Grabs

Well, it happened. Legendary welterweight Georges St-Pierre came out of retirement to face middleweight champ Michael Bisping, beat him, and then, a mere 33 days later, has vacated the belt. Ugh. Now interim champ Robert Whittaker is the real king, and his first test will be against former champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in […]

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Georges St-Pierre Bails on Middleweight Division, Belt Up for Grabs

Well, it happened. Legendary welterweight Georges St-Pierre came out of retirement to face middleweight champ Michael Bisping, beat him, and then, a mere 33 days later, has vacated the belt. Ugh. Now interim champ Robert Whittaker is the real king, and his first test will be against former champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in […]

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Georges St-Pierre Bails on Middleweight Division, Belt Up for Grabs

Well, it happened. Legendary welterweight Georges St-Pierre came out of retirement to face middleweight champ Michael Bisping, beat him, and then, a mere 33 days later, has vacated the belt. Ugh. Now interim champ Robert Whittaker is the real king, and his first test will be against former champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in […]

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TUF 26 Finale Results: Nicco Montano Defeats Roxanne Modafferi, Earns 125-Pound Belt

As the old saying goes, ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ – although in the case of two-time TUF vet Roxanne Modafferi, it’s about fighting in championship bouts and never managing to win a belt. Just as she did when she fought for a Strikeforce title and an Invicta FC title, Roxy battled hard at last […]

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Dana White: I’ll be super pissed if GSP doesn’t defend the middleweight belt

White thinks St-Pierre should fight Robert Whittaker ‘because that’s what we agreed to.’

Georges St-Pierre may be contractually obligated to defend his new 185 pound title against Robert Whittaker, but not many people are counting on that actually happening. There’s just too many signs that GSP and his team doesn’t want it. Georges’ lack of enthusiasm for the fight. His coaches leaking stories of how badly the welterweight’s body reacted to moving up in weight. At this point, we’d be more surprised if St-Pierre agrees to go ahead with it.

Who knows what Dana White thinks is going to happen, but if it doesn’t pan out the way it’s supposed to he’s going to be “super pissed.” He was the one that insisted a defense clause be put into the contract to fight Michael Bisping.

“Because he was jumping all over the map,” White explained at a media event. “170, 185, this and that. I said I’ll tell you what: you wanna come in and take this shot against Bisping, I’m cool with that. But you gotta defend the title. You can’t drop the title after the fight and go somewhere else.”

“My thing is, to be the man you gotta beat the man,” he continued. “And if a guy just goes away … listen, if a guy is on a run and undefeated and wants to retire that’s one thing, the guy retires the belt. But it’s another thing to say I’m going to drop this thing and jump to 170 now. I don’t like it.”

It probably doesn’t help that Georges has already violated Dana’s title sensibilities in the past by walking away after his controversial win over Johny Hendricks.

All in all it sets up yet another power struggle between White and St-Pierre. Normally we’d say Georges is pretty likely to live up to his word on the contract, but if he gets it into his head that it’s not the best for his health then who knows what will happen next.

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