Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar and professional boxer, Conor ‘the Notorious’ McGregor has been stripped of his UFC Lightweight title. The revelation was made by UFC President, Dana White, at the UFC 223 Post Event Conference.
According to White, Conor McGregor lost his title due to his prolonged inactivity in excess of 500 days and his ongoing court case.
McGregor and members of his team were involved in a fracas last Thursday at the backstage of the UFC 223 pre-event media day where he was captured on video throwing a dolly at a bus conveying fighters from the event.
After being restrained by the UFC security team, McGregor and coterie were seen hastily exiting the facility in a black SUV. However, an arrest warrant was issued, and he was subsequently detained by the New York Police Department (NYPD) for the duration of the night.
Friend and teammate, Dillon Danis, posted bail of $50,000 to a New York court for the release of the superstar and the other guilty parties.
The fiasco led to the cancelation of three bouts on the event card with injuries ranging from body lacerations to vision distortion prevented the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) from sanctioning the fights.
McGregor, then Featherweight champion, defeated Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 for the Lightweight crown to become the first simultaneous two-division title holder in the company’s history.
Since winning the title, he has had no title defence and has gone on to compete and lose to popular boxer, Floyd Mayweather in what was dubbed ‘’The Money Fight.’’ McGregor, who was also the Featherweight and Lightweight champion at British promotion, Cage Warriors, has never defended a title in his professional career.
In his stead, undefeated Russian fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated American Al Iaquinta for the UFC Lightweight crown.