Injury Plagues Cormier, McGregor Stripped of 145 Title
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson were set to save a rather lacking UFC 206 pay-per-view card situated between the UFC’s New York City debut and the return of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 in December. Unfortunately, on November 25 Cormier was forced to announce his withdrawal from the main event match-up.
“I wish nothing but the best for DC and I hope you have a full recovery champ“ Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Updated as of 11/28: The injury was announced as a groin tear.
Following months of speculation as to whether “Notorious” Conor McGregor would be stripped of his featherweight championship due to inactivity, Jose Aldo (who had previously discussed retiring due to the McGregor situation) was recently named as the new division champion just before Cormier’s injury. 206’s co-main event between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis has been moved up to the marquee slot for the interim featherweight title with the winner facing Aldo at a later date.
“They [The UFC] felt they had to make this for a title in order for it to sell so they brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already has and then bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion. Which just seems ridiculous to me,” McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh said.
He continued, “There have been many, many examples of fighters waiting 15 months, 18 months before defending it. He’s 11 months and they stripped him of it. I thought it was very shortsighted by the UFC how they went about doing it.”
UFC 206 takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on December 10.