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Conor McGregor to face Eddie Alvarez for lightweight title in UFC 205 headliner



UFC 205 finally has it’s headliner folks – and it’s the biggest fight they could possibly make.

UFC President Dana White took to SportsCenter today to confirm that Conor McGregor (20-3) will challenge Eddie Alvarez (28-4) for the lightweight championship of the world on November 12th. The fight will headline the UFC’s first visit to New York City.

McGregor, the current UFC featherweight champion, will keep his 145 lbs title through the event according to White in an attempt to become an active two division champion. He was originally given the opportunity at UFC 196 against then lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Unfortunately, that fight would be scrapped due to a broken foot suffered by RDA. Fortunately, fans were gifted with one of the best feuds in recent MMA history between McGregor and Nate Diaz, a feud that took place inside of the welterweight division and broke PPV records.

McGregor suffered the first loss of his UFC career to Diaz at UFC 196. He’d even things up in the rematch at UFC 202 – making things right and ending his obsession so he could get back to his original goal – becoming the first defending two division champion in UFC history.

When it comes to Alvarez, there is no champion more deserving of a “red panty night”. After a long run with Bellator MMA that included winning their lightweight title twice and engaging in a legal spat that could’ve kept him out of the sport for an extended period, Alvarez finally made the jump to the UFC to set his eyes on the ultimate prize – the UFC lightweight championship.

Alvarez would come up short in his UFC debut two years ago to today’s date against Donald Cerrone. The fight was a war that saw the Philadelphia native rock the UFC’s infamous ‘Cowboy’ early, only to come up on the short end of a unanimous decision. Alvarez was unable to stand on his own two feet near the end of the contest due to the vicious leg kicks of Cerrone that ultimately won him the fight.

Two split decision victories later against former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez put Alvarez right where he wanted to be. And he more than made the most of it. In under four minutes, Alvarez was able to KO Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 to become the undisputed UFC champion and top ranked lightweight in the world, making him the new #1 target for the top draw in the game today.

A press conference will be held at 6 p.m. ET featuring McGregor, Alvarez and more of the starring cast of UFC 205 ahead of tickets being released for the event to UFC Fight Club members tomorrow. Tickets go on sale for newsletter subscribers on Thursday morning and to the general public on Friday, September 30th.

Here’s the current UFC 205 ‘Alvarez vs. McGregor’ fight card as it stands heading into this evenings presser:

Lightweight Title Bout
Eddie Alvarez (c) (28-4) vs. Conor McGregor (20-3)

Welterweight Title Bout
Tyron Woodley (c) (16-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (13-1)

Women’s Strawweight Title Bout
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) (12-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0)

Welterweight Bout
Donald Cerrone (31-7) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (12-2)

Featherweight Bout
Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (25-12)

Middleweight Bout
Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. Yoel Romero (12-1)

Middleweight Bout
Tim Kennedy (18-5) vs. Rashad Evans (19-5-1)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout
Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. Raquel Pennington (8-5)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout
Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-0)

Middleweight Bout
Tim Boetsch (19-10) vs. Rafael Natal (21-7-1)

Lightweight Bout
Jim Miller (27-8) vs. Thiago Alves (21-10)

Welterweight Bout
Lyman Good (19-3) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-1)