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McGregor vacates UFC featherweight belt

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016

Conor McGregor has vacated his UFC featherweight title and instead opted to retain his lightweight crown, the sport's governing body has said in a short statement.

The Irishman became the sport's first two-division world champion when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at UFC 205 in New York a fortnight ago.

The UFC said on Saturday that McGregor - who is not expected to fight again until the middle of next year - had relinquished the featherweight belt which has now been given to interim holder Jose Aldo.

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