UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the belt in the main event of UFC 205.
McGregor hasn't competed since winning the title and Alvarez has a theory as to why the promotion has yet to strip him of the title.
“What’s going on is that this fight (Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov) is 0 for 3. They’re not going to strip Conor of a belt and then have a vacant title for a fight that’s 0 for 3,” Alvarez said on The MMA Hour.
Tony Ferguson is the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion and he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title at UFC 223.
If the UFC does wind up stripping McGregor of the gold, a confident Alvarez doesn’t think it would happen until the UFC 223 weigh-ins.
“So I think the day of the weigh-ins, they’re going to strip (McGregor), it’s going to make real big news. And then they’re going to have a title fight, and that’s also going to make big news. So it’s going to make for a lot of publicity in one day,” says Alvarez.
UFC 223 takes place on Saturday, April 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.