On November 12, 2016, Conor McGregor made UFC history when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Championship. Conor McGregor became the first fighter to hold the championships for two separate weight division simultaneously, as he was already in possession of the UFC Featherweight Championship. However, the victory contributed to a storm of controversy. Conor McGregor had won the UFC Featherweight Championship on December 12, 2015, and had not defended that title in 11 months, even though he fought three times over the course of 2016. Many accused the UFC of playing favorites as they allowed Conor McGregor to fight in other weight divisions without defending his title. Due to this, a week after Conor McGregor made history by holding two titles at once, the UFC stripped him of the UFC Featherweight Championship, as he had not defended it in so long and had no plan to defend the title. Conor McGregor is still the UFC Lightweight Champion and will stay in that weight division and defend the title.