Conor McGregor's Opponent At UFC 205 In NYC Announced

Alyssa BaileyOct 05, 2016

"The biggest proof that Conor runs the UFC is that when I was the champion, they wouldn't let me go up to fight Anthony Pettis unless I vacated my belt". He won the UFC featherweight championship past year after defeating Jose Aldo and the two are set for a rematch for the title; the date and venue of the fight however is not decided yet.

On late Monday night, UFC announced that the Kensington native will get his wish: Alvarez will square off against McGregor with the lightweight title on the line as the main event at UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden. That news surfaced after White reported that the promotion was looking to book Alvarez - Nurmagomedov for UFC 205.

Aldo, who McGregor ripped the belt from back at UFC 194, is now the no.1 contender for the 145-pound title and was told by the UFC brass that he would fight "The Notorious" by year's end after UFC 202 victory over Frankie Edgar.

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McGregor is still the official champion at featherweight, but UFC president Dana White still put him in the match with Alvarez.

Meanwhile, McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has been locked in a war of words with Nate Diaz following their back-to-back bouts.

"This is the fight the fans wanted, and I'm excited that our very first event at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Conor McGregor", White told ESPN.

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However, adding more gold to his collection is next on McGregor's agenda, providing a blockbuster first defense for Alvarez, who beat dos Anjos in July with a first-round TKO.

A press conference will take place later today at 11pm with both Alvarez and McGregor expected to be in attendance.

The pair head up a loaded card which will also feature Tyron Woodley's maiden defence of the welterweight title against Stephen Thompson while Polish compatriots Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz meet for the women's strawweight belt. Should McGregor emerge victorious on 12 November, he'll become the first fighter in history to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.

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