Earlier this month, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor did what no man in the history of the UFC has ever done before as he moved up to lightweight to capture the UFC lightweight championship and become the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion.
The performance, which served as McGregor’s UFC lightweight debut, was a spectacular one for McGregor, who was supposed to make his UFC lightweight debut at UFC 196 back in March when he was slated to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight championship. As the MMA community knows by now, RDA backed out of the fight with a broken foot, and as a result Nate Diaz stepped in for a short-notice welterweight fight with McGregor. Diaz of course upset McGregor, handing him the first loss of his UFC career and snapping a lengthy win-streak that dated back several years. Following the loss, McGregor once again returned to welterweight for a fight with Diaz. McGregor won the rematch via majority decision at UFC 202, avenging the only blemish on his otherwise spotless UFC record.
Eight months after his first UFC lightweight fight was scheduled to take place, McGregor entered the Octagon against Alvarez, where he picked up a spectacular 2nd round TKO win to claim the lightweight championship.
In the footage above you can see McGregor backstage throughout the event, all the way through the card until his walkout for the main event.
In the wake of the fight, McGregor stated that he will likely be taking some time off so as not to stress his girlfriend out while she is pregnant with their child. In addition, McGregor stated that if the new UFC owners would like him to continue fighting and bringing in record breaking numbers for the company, he needs to be given a ‘piece of the pie’ in the form of equity in the company.
So far there has been no word from the UFC, or McGregor, on whether or not the promotion plans to grant McGregor his wish for equity in the company.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.