Conor McGregor is training like a man looking to make history, as the featherweight champion will take on lightweight kingpin Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 next month.
Should ‘Mystic Mac’ emerge victorious on November 12, he would be the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two separate weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor posted a photo on Tuesday which showed him training his ground-and-pound as he prepares for the biggest fight in his mixed martial arts career.
McGregor is coming off of a two-fight stint at welterweight where he went 1-1 against Nate Diaz. Prior to the Diaz fights, the brash Irishman made history when he knocked out former 145 pound champ Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194.
McGregor’s most recent Instagram photo appears to show the 145 pound champ working on his ground-and-pound while preparing for Alvarez, who has a strong wrestling and boxing background.
Alvarez won the lightweight strap after running through former champion Rafael dos Anjos in July, and McGregor will be his first title defense.
The Philadelphia native was lightweight champion in Bellator before losing that belt to Michael Chandler in 2011. However, Alvarez beat Chandler in their 2013 rematch, and ended up leaving the promotion as their lightweight champ.
If Conor’s most recent Instagram photo is any indication, it appears as if he’s looking to avoid going to the ground with Alvarez, much like he did with Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202.
However, McGregor has been working on his wrestling too.
Who do you see emerging with the 155 pound belt between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205? Will McGregor once again make history and be the first fighter to hold two belts at the same time in the UFC? Sound off, PENN Nation!