Conor Mcgregor’s reign as UFC lightweight champion is set to end this Saturday when UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and undefeated lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov square off in the main headliner for undisputed lightweight title inside the Octagon on April 7, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York.
UFC President Dana White at today’s press conference in New York for Saturday’s pay-per-view (PPV) card, revealed Tony Ferguson would not be stripped of his interim crown and would remain the top contender in the division:
“There is no stripping. Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only person losing his belt on Saturday is Conor. These two are fighting for that 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,” said Dana.
White was being asked if Conor Mcgregor is returning this year to the Octagon.
“Conor is coming back this year 100 percent. He will fight this year. We’ll see how this thing plays out and we’ll go from there.”
And no doubt he would be facing the winner of Khabib vs. Holloway.
Mcgregor last saw in the Octagon at UFC 205 where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to score the lightweight title, which he never defended. Holloway who stepped in on six days notice to fight Khabib has a chance to win the title in two division.
Do you think Conor Mcgregor will return to Octagon this year?