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Conor McGregor Bests Eddie Alvarez To Capture Lightweight Gold

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Conor McGregor Bests Eddie Alvarez To Capture Lightweight Gold

The fight world is still reeling in disbelief and awe, after the monumental card that took place this past Saturday, the the UFC made their New York State debut with UFC 205 in the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. And while the card was packed with big time fights, from the prelims, up to the main card, no match was more anticipated than the bout pitting two titans of the lightweight world, as UFC Featherweight Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor faced off against UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.

The fight was highly anticipated, especially after the wild press conference that took place last Thursday, with which the way McGregor was acting, you would wonder if he watched the best of Ric Flair‘s promos before even leaving the house. McGregor was late to the press conference, and after jaw jacking with McGregor fans for a short time, Alvarez left the stage, but, McGregor showed up shortly after, dancing across the stage, taking Alvarez’s belt, before taking his seat and placing both belts in front of him.

That, of course, aggravated Alvarez, who came back on stage to grab his belt, which led to a bit of a shouting match, followed by a short standoff. Alvarez would place his belt back on the table, then just lightly tossed his chair behind McGregor (who was taking his seat when it happened), which almost led to a scuffle on stage, with McGregor having to be led off stage, only to eventually come back on stage for the press conference to continue.

The animosity would carry over into the title bout, with a crowd that was very much behind McGregor, Alvarez was booed during the introduction of the competitors, and from the start of the bout, it looked to be all McGregor. Alvarez spent much of the first round trying to find an opening, but having no luck, getting knocked down three times in the first round alone. He barely landed his strikes, while McGregor landed most of his strikes. Alvarez looked a bit worried by the round’s end, as he didn’t show that same fire that he had during the press conference.

Conor McGregor showing the world what makes him the Undisputed Lightweight Champion. Photo by Fábio Lampólia,via Flickr.

Conor McGregor showing the world what makes him the Undisputed Lightweight Champion. Photo by Fábio Lampólia,via Flickr.

Once the second round started, it became all McGregor, as he finished Alvarez off at the 3:04 mark, first leveling him with a staggering three lefts to the jaw, followed by a right hook, flooring Alvarez. Once he was down, McGregor pounced, striking Alvarez with a couple of shots before the ref stopped the fight. McGregor made history as the first competitor to hold two titles in two separate divisions.

In the days that followed, McGregor had been the talk of the town, with everyone wanting a piece of him in one fashion or another, Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley in the obvious fashion, and Triple H in another. Nate Diaz, who wants yet another match with McGregor, wants a rubber match, as both have victories over the other, and Diaz wasn’t happy with the result of their last match. UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley opened the door to a possible welterweight title match against McGregor, especially after his bout at UFC 205 against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, which ended in a draw. This comes after a heated exchange between McGregor and Woodley over the weekend, which may have inspired the invite.

Said Woodley of the possibility of the fight:

“I’m gonna talk to my management team and we’re gonna see what’s next for me, I don’t know if Mr. McGregor wants to go for a third belt. It looked like he was talking a little noise in the back so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. If he wants the fight, we can sign it right now, I’m good on the fight. I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to fight me.”

The WWE isn’t too far out of the picture, either, as there were talks of interests from WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque bringing McGregor into the promotion. The interest came from earlier this year, after McGregor announced his “retirement” from fighting. Said Triple H of bringing McGregor in:

“He could come over, he’s got it all, man – he’s got the personality, the skills, the talk, he’s an entertainer, for sure. He could do just as well as Floyd Mayweather when he fought the Big Show. That really worked. Conor could do it for sure.”

The WWE is already trying to romance Ronda Rousey, who has already been in a WWE ring, although not in a competitive setting. Should McGregor choose to leave the UFC sometime down the line, he may be able to go into the world of sports-entertainment. But, for now, McGregor is enjoying his time on top of the fight world, wowing fans and angering opponents with the greatest of ease, and fight fans surely love that he does it.

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