As usual with the UFC, there hasn’t been a ton of clarity in regards to their titles. Usually it’s quite straightforward, but when it comes to interim belts or guys becoming champions in two divisions, the waters start to get a tad muddy.
When the situation involved Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, the two men were stripped of their respective belts as soon as the UFC 223 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta began. A new champion was crowned, and things went forward.
In the case of Daniel Cormier though, it’s a little different. Cormier picked up the UFC heavyweight title by stopping Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. It quickly became clear that Cormier intended to defend that title against Brock Lesnar next, and the promotion stated that he would have the 205-pound title taken from him. He was then slotted into the UFC 230 main event on short notice, defending the big man title against Derrick Lewis instead. The UFC also made a bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in December for the 205-pound title, all but cementing things.
Except for one hiccup – Cormier believes that if he loses to Lewis, he could defend the 205-pound title again and shouldn’t be forced to give up both belts for just losing one.
Well, it looks like the UFC has gone ahead and made the decision for him – at least according to their website.
If you go to the fighters section of their site, it shows the champions. And at 205, there isn’t one (image via BJPenn.com):
That TBD is quite obviously the Jones/Gus fight on December 29th. So I guess we can’t really call DC the double champ any more, even if he is doing UFC 230 media this week with both belts over his shoulders.