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Conor McGregor’s lack of a UFC title defense is now historically long

Conor McGregor has never even attempted to defend a UFC title, and he’s just set a new record in the process.

UFC 196 McGregor vs. Diaz Press Conference Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor keeps finding ways to rewrite the record books.

It was just fifteen months ago that McGregor became the first fighter to simultaneously possess two UFC titles. That lasted for all of two weeks, as he vacated the featherweight title, making him just the lightweight champion.

McGregor spent 2017 exclusively focusing (and getting) his boxing superfight vs. Floyd Mayweather, losing by 10th round TKO, but also raking in a ridiculous amount of money and bringing in more than four million pay-per-view buys.

As of February 18th, 2018, McGregor has set a new record. It’s probably not a fact that any fan will actually like, but it’s nevertheless true.

This table from Nick Dwyer (@NickDwyerMMA) shows that McGregor has gone 463 (now 464 as of Monday) days without even attempting to make a first defense of his UFC lightweight title. He’d also been the featherweight champion for 350 days before relinquishing that belt, and not once was he ever booked to make a defense of that belt.

McGregor has surpassed Anthony Pettis for most consecutive days a UFC champion has not even attempted to defend his title. In fact, McGregor takes 1st and 6th on the list for his two championships. Those ranked 2nd-5th — Pettis, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez (when he won the heavyweight belt in 2010), and Matt Serra — all had some sort of injury that affected their ability to defend their respective titles, with Mir being outright stripped after his motorcycle accident. In Pettis’ case, he was both injured and then later chosen to coach season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter.

There’s no word on when McGregor will fight next, or if he’ll ever fight again. For now, the next “undisputed” lightweight title at stake is between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, but McGregor has not been stripped of his belt. Dana White has repeatedly stated that if Conor returns, the Ferguson-Khabib winner is next for him.