Conor McGregor is set to hand over his UFC title this Saturday, following a 14-month hiatus from the Octagon.
The UFC Championship title will be given to the winner of the Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov face off in New York this weekend.
Russian fighter Nurmagomedov has repeatedly called on Conor to defend his belt, insisting that The Notorious would be scared to fight him.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 2, 2018
Now, according to Russian outlet tass.ru, Conor will officially be stripped of his title this week.
UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports:
"Conor has said he's thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September that's almost two years, that can't happen, it's not fair to everybody else.
"I love Conor, I respect Conor, I love everything he's done for this company, but the belt would have to move on.
"You do Khabib versus Tony, we're working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title."