Conor McGregor is no longer a two-weight UFC champion after being forced to relinquish his featherweight title.
McGregor made history at UFC 205 earlier this month after beating Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to the featherweight crown he won 11 months ago following a 13-second thrashing of Jose Aldo.
However, McGregor has not defended that belt since and with the Irishman not expected to fight again until May, he has agreed with the UFC to surrender the title, with Aldo becoming champion once more.
The news was revealed during UFC Melbourne on Sunday after a reshuffle of the card for next month’s UFC 206 was announced.
— #UFCMelbourne (@ufc) November 27, 2016
Featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will meet to decide the interim featherweight champion on that night after Aldo was promoted to the full title holder.
Either Holloway or Pettis will then face Aldo next year.
McGregor had previously stated that it would require “an army” to take one of his titles.
UFC says McGregor has "relinquished" the 145 title. I'm told he never agreed to that, as we reported earlier, but UFC w/i rights to strip.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 27, 2016
However, UFC president Dana White confirmed prior to McGregor’s victory over Alvarez that the 28-year-old would eventually have to surrender one belt.