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Fightweets: On Conor McGregor, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, and interim titles

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Soon enough, the schedule will be back in full swing, and this blip in the calendar without many fights will be a distant memory.

In the meantime, the MMA world, as it tends to, left us plenty to discuss this week, from Jon Jones’ latest travails to the official announcement of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 and Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo at UFC 200. And, oh yeah, at the very last minute, word broke that Daniel Cormier has to pull out of his UFC 197 fight with Jones.

On, then, to a new edition of Fightweets.

The interim title

@ynneKrepmatS: What are your thoughts on an interim title fight being on the same night the real champ is also fighting?

My initial reaction to the news that Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will rematch at UFC 200 with an interim UFC featherweight title at stake are the same as pretty much everyone else: It’s a BS title. You know it, I know it, the fighters know it, the UFC knows it.

Interim titles are most legitimate when champions have long-term injuries and have to pull out of a fight, guys working in good faith to return like Dominick Cruz at bantamweight during his myriad injuries a few years back or then-heavyweight champ Frank Mir post-motorcycle crash more than a decade ago. Sometimes the belts simply become a prop to save a show, like when Conor McGregor beat Chad Mendes last summer.

In the latter case, at least, then-featherweight champion Jose Aldo was actually injured. This time, when Edgar meets Aldo for the interim belt in Las Vegas on July 9, it’s simply because the champ continues to fight outside the division. The disguise has rarely been so thin.

But still, I can’t help but see a silver lining or two in this scenario. The interim belt ….View full article

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