27 November, 2016
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.
So why has this happened?
UFC 206 was supposed to be headlined by light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fighting Anthony Johnson, however he has had to pull out of the fight due to injury. With Holloway vs. Pettis being elevated to interim championship status in the new UFC 206 main event, Aldo replaces McGregor as the new UFC featherweight champion.
The broadcast team also noted the victor of Holloway-Pettis will fight Aldo for the full-time belt in 2017.
The news was announced during the UFC Fight Night broadcast on FS1 Saturday night.
"I've got to sit down and see what's next", said UFC President Dana White regarding the belt in August.
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"UFC announced on Saturday that world lightweight champion Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title and opted to keep the 155-pound title he won by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12", UFC statement read.
McGregor claimed the lightweight title earlier this month at UFC 205 with an emphatic victory over Eddie Alvarez.
The Pettis versus Holloway fight will be a battle for the interim featherweight title, set to take place in Toronto on December 11 (AEDT).
Helwani added that the UFC tried to keep Johnson on the card in a bout against Gegard Mousasi, but the title contender opted to wait for his shot at the belt.
UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis takes place on December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The UFC also announced Tim Kennedy and Kelvin Gastelum would meet in a middleweight contest pending the approval of the Ontario Athletic Commission.