Conor McGregor added yet another extraordinary finish to his quickly expanding resume at UFC 205 inside Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, defeating Eddied Alvarez via second-round knockout to win the lightweight championship.
With the victory, “The Notorious” becomes the first individual in UFC history to hold two different belts at the same time. You can watch a replay of the historic moment above. Here is the full sequence in slow motion:
And here he is with both belts:
It will be interesting to see what happens next.
While McGregor has said he is capable of defending two belts concurrently, it’s unclear if Dana White and Co. will actually let that happen. Though he’s proven capable of doing some truly transcendent, never-before-seen things, it may be more likely that he gives up his featherweight title and continues strictly at 155 pounds for the time being.
If that is indeed the case, Alvarez will obviously want a rematch, but there’s a long list of fighters who would like to face off against McGregor–and receive the payday that comes along with it. Tony Ferguson vaulted to No. 1 in the lightweight contender rankings with his win over Rafael dos Anjos last week, but the undefeated Kabib Nurmagomedov has been thought to be deserving of a title shot for a while and improved his case Saturday night with a dominant third-round submission of Michael Johnson.
After Nurmagomedov’s victory, he called out McGregor–and the country of Ireland:
No matter what happens next, McGregor continues to strengthen his legacy, and it’s clear it will be thoroughly entertaining to watch his wildly unique career continue to develop.
Read more about this stunning fight in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: