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Eddie Alvarez defends lightweight belt vs. Conor McGregor during UFC 205 in New York

One of a many staggering quarrel cards in UFC story will have a staggering categorical event. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will try to supplement lightweight bullion to his collection when he hurdles Eddie Alvarez in a UFC 205 headliner, that outlines a organization’s lapse to New York after some-more than 21 years.

UFC officials tonight reliable a matchup. Twitter user @TalkMMA was initial to news a news.

UFC 205 takes place Nov. 12 during Madison Square Garden in New York City. The categorical label front on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) outlines a third championship quarrel slated for a UFC 205 lineup. Welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley meets Stephen Thompson, and strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces Polish countrymate Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Immediately after capturing a 155-pound tag with a first-round TKO of Rafael dos Anjos during UFC Fight Night 90 in December, Alvarez, No. 1 in a latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, set his sights on “The Notorious,” calling him a “gimme fight” after starting his UFC reign with uninterrupted matchups opposite dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Donald Cerrone.

“This male (dos Anjos) to a right of me, is a best in a division,” Alvarez pronounced during UFC Fight Night 90’s post-fight news conference. “To be means to come out with a win over him and before him was (Anthony) Pettis, before him was Gilbert (Melendez), these are a best guys in a division. I’m not holding on top-15 guys. we would ask Dana White greatfully to give me an easier quarrel like Conor McGregor. we merit that. I’ve been fighting a best guys. we would like a gimme fight. So, Conor? we some-more than acquire that.”

It was different if Alvarez would get his wish, quite given a graduation recently settled he would expected put his belt on a line opposite No. 2-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov during December’s UFC 206 eventuality in Toronto. That apparently didn’t come to fruition, however, and Nurmagomedov voiced his disappointment on amicable media (via Twitter).

No. 1-ranked featherweight McGregor, meanwhile, has been targeting a lightweight belt given a impulse he picked adult a 145-pound tag with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo during UFC 194 in December. The ardent Irishman was ostensible to go for his second UFC belt during UFC 196 in March, yet when dos Anjos suffered an injury, it non-stop a doorway for Nate Diaz to step in and dissapoint McGregor to start their now barbarous rivalry.

After a detriment during UFC 196, McGregor demanded a rematch with Diaz. Following most play and uncertainty, a span finally had a second showdown during UFC 202 in August. It was a exhausting five-round battle, yet McGregor came out on a winning finish of a infancy decision to revenge his usually octagon defeat.

Despite going by a traumatizing rematch with Diaz, McGregor will lapse to foe reduction than 3 months after with a event to make history. UFC President Dana White pronounced he would not be nude of a 145-pound title, definition he can join B.J. Penn and Randy Couture as a usually fighters in UFC story to win belts in mixed weight classes in a singular career. More importantly, though, McGregor will gets a possibility to be a initial to reason dual titles simultaneously.

Alvarez and McGregor will both appear, along with other notables from a card, during a special UFC 205 press discussion during a Theater during Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday during 6 p.m. ET.

The UFC 205 label now includes:

  • Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
  • Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
  • Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
  • Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
  • Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad

For some-more on UFC 205, check out a UFC Rumors territory of a site.

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