UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor faced lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. He won the bout by knockout in the second round to become the first ever to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.
At the start of the round, Alvarez began his attack with inside leg kicks as the two fighters were establishing their range. It didn’t take much time after that for McGregor to get his timing down and knock down Alvarez with a precise, well-timed left hand. After he recovered, Alvarez attempted head kicks and body shots on McGregor but was generally unsuccessful with his attacks and was knocked down once more before the second round.
The second round was largely a continuation of the first with McGregor staying just out of range of Alvarez’s strikes while landing accurate counters. At one point, he began taunting the lightweight champion by putting his hands behind his back and talking at him. At 3:04 in the round, McGregor landed a four-punch counter combo that floored Alvarez and Big John McCarthy called the fight.
In his post-fight interview, the new two-weight world champion was a little frustrated that the UFC had brought out only one of his belts.
“What’s next for me, Joe? I’m gonna get that second belt. It should have been out here already,” he shouted. “Where the f-ck is it?”
After the second belt was brought out, McGregor became himself again.
“You’ve gotta have size, reach, and length. They’re not on my level,” he said.
“I’d like to apologize… to absolutely f-cking nobody! The two-weight world champion does whatever the f-ck he wants.”