UFC To Crown Interim Featherweight Champion?

Following the news of UFC 176 being cancelled in light of Jose Aldo’s injury and his inability to defend the UFC Featherweight championship against Chad Mendes, there’s now talk of crowning an interim champion.

Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting tweeted on Wednesday, citing comments from Lorenzo Fertita:

Edgar rose to the #2 spot in UFC’s Featherweight division after his dominant victory over BJ Penn on Sunday night. He bumped Cub Swanson out of that spot, who now sits at #3.

With only 5 months since Jose Aldo’s last title defense (it would be 8 months by October), this does seem like a hasty course of action from UFC officials, since reigning UFC champions have had much longer stretches since their last fights.

Heavyweight champion Can Velasquez  last fought at UFC 166 back in October 2013 (5th round TKO title defense against Junior dos Santos), while Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis last fought at UFC 164 in August 2013, where he tapped out Benson Henderson in the first round to capture the gold.

Comment below and tell us what you think about the possibility of UFC crowning an Interim Featherweight Champion.

  • Patrick Mac

    I think its bull shit. First set up interim belts for Lightweight, and heavyweight…after that and only after that its time to talk about Aldo.

  • CA_Gas Bag

    If Aldo’s injury is severe enough to keep him out, then this is a good idea to have. A Mendes/Cub rematch sounds intriguing, but a Mendes/Frankie fight sounds awesome. Hopefully Aldo isn’t out for too long.

  • Qball1974

    If a fighters out for how long 10-12 months? interim should be set up? and that should be before training camps and all that stuff.

  • doug

    steroid injury …

  • Fe1

    Bullshit. He’s only going to be out for a few weeks. If they do the interim thing it’ll only because they’re running out of healthy champions.

  • Mr. Cornute

    I think this is ridiculous to have Frankie move above Cub. Frankie has beat De Bronx and Penn while Cub has been through legit competition in the division.
    I know they want Frankie as champ again but Cub earned his keep. If anyone deserves that shot it’s Mendes and Swanson.