Friday, November 4, 2016— UFC 205 takes place in New York on Saturday 12 November with an event that sees two champions in the octagon at the same time. Eddie Alvarez puts his Lightweight title on the line against current Featherweight title holder Conor McGregor. As you might expect, the latter has not exactly been quiet in the lead-up to this title match.
McGregor comes into this title bout fresh from exacting revenge on Nate Diaz in August. The talk is that whoever wins this match at UFC 205 will have to face Diaz next. So will it be a third clash between McGregor and Diaz or will it be Alvarez who gets to face Diaz? Alvarez won his title back in July when defeating Rafael dos Anjos in one round and he’s won three fights in a row since a loss to Donald Cerrone two years ago at UFC 178. That’s his only loss since 2011 and he’s certainly confident of keeping his unbeaten run going against McGregor. At the time of writing latest betting odds at Bet365 have Alvarez quoted at 13/10.
The Lightweight champion believes it’ll be “an honour” to shut McGregor’s mouth later this month. ‘The Underground King’ doesn’t even see his challenger as one of his toughest opponents and believes that while he’s fought some of the best out there, McGregor can’t say the same. As far as the reflexes and punching power that his challenger possesses, Alvarez believes that’s only valid for the first seven or eight minutes and is on record as saying, “it’s a non-issue after that.” He may well have a point with the Irishman clearly seen to tire in the second round of his last couple of fights but can Alvarez last that long with McGregor to reach that “non-issue” period?
Adding a little bit more spice to what will happen in New York, his head coach Eddie Kavanagh is speculating that McGregor will have a surprise announcement to make after this fight. Could he be on his way to WWE perhaps after his recent outspoken comments about them? Perhaps he’s planning to move up even further in weight, who knows at this stage?
McGregor was due to challenge for the UFC Lightweight title at UFC 196 (March 2016) only to see the then-champion Rafael dos Anjos pull out with injury. Instead he got that revenge over Diaz and having re-established himself and being a champion again, the Irishman now has his sights set on another title. He’s already won and lost against Diaz up at Welterweight but why can’t he just defend his featherweight title rather than leave that in limbo?
Moving up weights and winning titles isn’t an easy task; just look what happened to boxers Kell Brook and Amir Khan recently. McGregor has had a degree of success though and is a former Cage Warriors Lightweight champion. He may well need to win this one early before stamina comes into play but there’s no doubt that this is one of the most fascinating UFC clashes of all-time.
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