Ireland’s MMA superstar Conor McGregor came back in action on Saturday to take on Eddie Alvarez in the headline ‘champion v champion’ bout of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 28-year-old is still the UFC’s featherweight champion since his 13-second win over Jose Aldo last December and had to step up to fight for Alvarez’s lightweight belt in the first title bout between two belt holders from different divisions since UFC 94 in 2009.
Eddie Alvarez has traveled the world fighting, engaging in many thrilling classics for various organizations before arriving in the UFC. He wasn’t impressive early in the UFC but knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos to capture the UFC lightweight title. Alvarez got the biggest fight of his career, a huge money showdown against the Irish superstar Conor McGregor.
Prior to the fight, Alvarez and McGregor had engaged in a war of words, with Alvarez downplaying McGregor’s ability.
Now McGregor has made UFC history by becoming a two-weight champion at the same time. For this fight he was the marginal favorite for glory, and although Alvarez was expected to give him an extremely stern test, it was something that he could finish in just two rounds.
Round 1. Alvarez opens with a leg kick. McGregor drops Alvarez with a hook. He looks to finish but Alvarez recovers really quickly and gets back to his feet. Alvarez charges in and gets dropped to a knee again, although that looked like more of a slip. McGregor drops Alvarez with another punch and goes to the ground to pursue Alvarez. He ends up in North-South position. Alvarez gets up and eats another hard punch. Alvarez lands a nice straight right hand.
McGregor blocks a takedown attempt. 10-8 McGregor.
Round 2. McGregor catches Alvarez with a stiff 2 punch combination. Alvarez goes for a takedown but it is blocked. McGregor puts his hands behind his back to mock Alvarez. Alvarez moves in with a nice right hand and another moments later but McGregor counters with a harder punch that sends Alvarez off balance. Alvarez looks for a takedown up against the cage. McGregor hurts Alvarez with another punishing combination. Alvarez goes down, McGregor lands more shots on the ground and the referee mercifully calls it off.
With McGregor now holding gold in two weight classes, it’s fascinating where things go from here. Jose Aldo stands out as the top featherweight contender. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are the top contenders at lightweight. Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley linger as well. McGregor has no shortage of future challenges but it’s hard for anyone to deny him his due at this point.
More betting action on the UFC is coming up with UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall II on November 19th at the SSE Arena, Belfest, Northern Ireland
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