Earlier this month, it was revealed that UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez would be stepping in the Octagon on November 12th to defend his lightweight championship against UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in the main event of the historic card. The announcement was followed up by the UFC 205 press conference on Tuesday afternoon, where Alvarez and McGregor came face to face for the first time.
During the course of the press conference, Alvarez repeatedly called McGregor’s featherweight championship the ‘little boy belt’ and referred to his lightweight championship as the ‘big boy belt’ due to the fact that their fight at lightweight will be 10 pounds higher than where McGregor reigns over the featherweight division.
With that being said, when the two came face to face for their first staredown at the conclusion of the press conference, it was McGregor who was clearly the taller man.
Following the press conference, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who all fight on UFC 205, got together for a spontaneous training session with Mark Henry.
After the training session, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson revealed on UFC Unfiltered that Eddie Alvarez barely weighs less than he does despite the fact that Thompson, who is 5 inches taller than Alvarez, fights at 170, and Alvarez fights at 155:
“He’s a big dude man,” Thompson said. “I didn’t realize how big he was. We trained last night and he must be walking around like what–180? That’s only like, 5-pounds less than I am.”
Weidman will be making his return to the Octagon on the card after losing his middleweight championship to Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 earlier this year. Thompson on the other hand will be looking to dethrone welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Last but certainly not least, Edgar will be looking to return to the win column by defeating Jeremy Stephens.