Just two weeks after making history by becoming the first fighter in history to hold belts in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205, Conor McGregor has relinquished his featherweight title. The move was made in part to try and salvage the UFC 206 pay-per-view card in Toronto, which lost its main event—a light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony Johnson.
For the UFC, McGregor dropping the belt helps the company attempt to salvage a pay-per-view that will likely still struggle to garner buys. It also ends months of speculation about the future of the featherweight division.
The future of the featherweight strap isn't necessarily out of the shadows yet, Aldo has been threatening to walkaway with the sport, unhappy the UFC booked McGregor to fight for the lightweight title at UFC 205 instead of booking a rematch with McGregor, who knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds to win the featherweight title at UFC 194.