Monday evening, news broke that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would be making a quick turnaround and returning to the Octagon at UFC 205, the UFC’s historic event at the Madison Square Garden.
In addition to headlining arguably the biggest card in UFC history, McGregor faces the opportunity to become the first man to simultaneously hold 2 UFC belts as he looks to defeat Eddie Alvarez and become the UFC lightweight champion at the event.
The announcement came after a period of uncertainty. While initial reports revealed that the UFC was looking to book McGregor vs. Alvarez for the event, UFC President Dana White refuted those claims and revealed it was Khabib Nurmagomedov who would be fighting Alvarez at the event.
Thursday evening however, it was announced that the fight between McGregor and Alvarez for the lightweight belt was finalized for November 12th in The Empire State.
McGregor was initially supposed to make his lightweight debut at UFC 196 when he signed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title. Unfortunately, just two weeks before the fight, dos Anjos pulled out of the fight with a broken foot and was replaced by Nate Diaz.
After taking back to back fights with Nate Diaz at welterweight, many are wondering how McGregor will look cutting down to 155 pounds for his fight with Alvarez.
Ahead of the fight, McGregor’s training partner, JiuJitsu ace Dillon Danis, took to Instagram to post a photo with the featherweight champ, who looks noticeably slimmed down.
After his UFC 202 majority decision win over Nate Diaz, McGregor remained noncommittal about returning to featherweight, Despite the fact that Dana White said he would be stripped of his belt if he didn’t defend it, McGregor stated during the UFC 202 post-fight press conference that his next fight would likely be at lightweight.
With the opportunity to become the first simultaneous 2-division champion on the horizon, do you think Conor McGregor will be able to deliver?