On November 12, in the main event of the universally anticipated UFC 205, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title. If McGregor is successful in this attempt, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to wear two belts simultaneously.
In advance of this high-stakes showdown, the advantages possessed by both men are quite clear. McGregor should have a significant edge in the striking department, while Alvarez should be the better man in the grappling and cardio departments.
Clearly aware of his opponent’s strengths, McGregor has been training accordingly, continuing his efforts to sharpen his grappling skill, and working hard to rectify the cardio deficit that seemed to plague him in his two 2016 bouts with Nate Diaz.
The Irish star recently posted a photo to Instagram, which shows him working hard on a stationary bike in a clear effort to deepen his energy reserves.
Alvarez, however, is clearly not impressed by McGregor’s efforts in the gym. Shortly after the Irishman posted this picture on Instagram, the lightweight king took to Twitter to let loose a bit of criticism.
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 21, 2016
UFC 205, which will mark the UFC’s debut in New York City, New York, offers far more than this anticipated McGregor vs. Alvarez showdown.
In the evening’s co-main event, we’ll see Tyron Woodley defend the UFC welterweight title against the streaking Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Shortly before we get this welterweight title fight, we’ll get another title fight, as strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her title against fellow undefeated Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Elsewhere on the main card, we’ll see Chris Weidman take on Yoel Romero at middleweight, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone take on Kelvin Gastelum at welterweight, and former champ Miesha Tate take on Raquel Pennington at bantamweight.
The undercard, meanwhile, will feature a featherweight scrap between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens, a lightweight scrap between Michael Johnson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a middleweight showdown between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, and several other compelling bouts. Needless to say, the UFC has made sure to stack the deck for its debut in the Big Apple.
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