Originally Posted by JustShon
This might be considered a stupid question but what exactly is an interim title in UFC?
Not a stupid question at all.
It works the same way as boxing/kickboxing etc.
If a champion is injured for a long time and can't defend the belt, in this case the UFC don't want to put the entire division on hold so they'll usually have the two top ranked fighters fight for an interim belt.
Same rules apply to a standard title bout. 5 x 5 minute rounds.
The victor becomes the interim champion who will then wait for the champion to return. This is known as a "unification fight". The winner will be the undisputed champion of that division.
If, the champion can't return or vacates the belt, the holder of the interim belt becomes the undisputed champion by default.
Hope that explains it.
This is a bizarre scenario this time around with the featherweight belt because the champion (McGregor) is actually not inactive. He's just fighting at a different weight class.