We already know that reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor can defeat former champion Jose Aldo. After all, he did it — quite convincingly, I might add — at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in December.
We do not, however, know if “Notorious” can survive five rounds with Frankie Edgar.
And now we may never know, because McGregor recently said goodbye to mixed martial arts (MMA) and left the fans, as well as “The Answer,” robbed of what could have been a featherweight classic. The silver lining to this Irish cloud is that Edgar’s rematch with Aldo would no longer be for the interim title.
“Conor needs to clear up this retirement thing and clear it up fast,” White told Colin Cowherd. “If he’s retired, at UFC 200 Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are fighting for the vacant title.”
If Conor McGregor retires, who fights for his vacant belt? @danawhite reveals the matchup. #TheHerdhttps://t.co/KikmB8A5E3
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 20, 2016
McGregor was expected to headline UFC 200 in a rematch against Nate Diaz; however, “Notorious” abruptly retired on Twitter before the promotion pulled him from the July 9, 2016 fight card (see it), which takes place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The reason? Well, that all depends on who you ask.
White insists the cancellation was a result of McGregor’s decision to blow off any and all promotion for the Diaz do-over, while some insiders believe the Irish superstar tried to get greedy at the negotiating table.
For much more on the ongoing UFC 200 drama click here.
Source:: mma mania