Conor McGregor | First Fighter to Become a Two-Division UFC Champion
Monster Energy’s Conor “The Notorious” McGregor backed up his boasts and made history by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in round two, winning the lightweight title. This made him become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles simultaneously at the highly anticipated debut at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Featherweight champion McGregor knocked out Alvarez at 3:04 of the second round to become the lightweight champion at UFC 205. McGregor’s wholly dominant victory before his adoring and rabid Irish and US fans added to his legacy and legend.
The monumental sell-out event headlined by McGregor will go down as the biggest event in the history of MMA. The event brought record-breaking crowds for UFC and Madison Square Garden now that UFC is live and legal in New York. McGregor delivered with a shockingly lopsided destruction of highly skilled veteran opponent Alvarez.
A confident Alvarez came at McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) with early low kicks to start round one. As he advanced, McGregor countered with his deadly left hand and promptly dropped Alvarez to the canvas. Alvarez’s confidence was clearly shaken though he managed to spring back to his feet. McGregor’s Octagon control and accuracy would lead to two more knockdowns in the first three minutes of the fight.
Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) narrowly escaped round one then McGregor opened the second with a stinging left hand. “The Underground King” kept his feet under him for a moment. Alvarez then had some momentum landing a right and bullying McGregor against the cage. McGregor’s superb takedown defense and a quick reverse of the fence spelled the end for Alvarez. McGregor assumed the center of the Octagon and countered an Alvarez strike with a debilitating left cross and picture-perfect combination. This put the lightweight champ to the mat with a TKO stoppage.
In typical McGregor fashion, he reinforced what he’d stated before the fight that he wasn’t one bit surprised and “they are not at my level.”
Conor McGregor announced at the post-fight news conference that he is expecting his first child in early 2017 and intends to take a break until then.
Conor “The Notorious” McGregor is Monster Energy’s elite UFC athlete along with Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, Chris “The All American” Weidman, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Dominick “Dominator” Cruz, Jon “Bones” Jones, Daniel Cormier, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, Cain Velasquez, and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
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