A card that has been in the works for years hanging on the legalization of MMA in New York will finally take place on November 12th 2016. Who better to headline the main event than the man of the moment Conor McGregor who will attempt to write his name in the annals of history by challenging Eddie Alvarez the current 155lb champion which opens up the possibility of McGregor being the first man to hold two title belts in the UFC at different weight divisions simultaneously. The villain in this story Eddie Alvarez is looking to upset the odds for the second time this year after dethroning heavy favourite Rafael Dos Anjos back in July, should he be able to achieve a victory against McGregor Eddie Alvarez would become a strong contender for the fighter of the year award.
Alvarez had steadily been climbing the ranks without making too much noise prior to getting the title shot against Rafael Dos Anjos maybe one of the reasons why he was a betting underdog, but not only did Alvarez prove the bookmakers wrong he did it in emphatic fashion winning by KO in round one. The former Bellator champion has a wealth of experience and a world class training partner in Frankie Edgar more importantly he’s got a steely desire to overcome adversity and win. With a win at UFC205 Alvarez will increase his stock significantly taking some of the shine from McGregors star power and the financial perks that come with defeating the sports poster boy.
With a few of UFC’s big names unable to compete the spotlight is all McGregor’s to bask in, the stage is set for him to add another record to his name after avenging his only defeat in the UFC against Nate Diaz earlier this year. There are rumors swirling that we may not see McGregor in the octagon during 2017 so this could be the intermission in what has been a whirlwind two years.
Conor Mcgregor maybe looking to ride off into the sunset with the iconic image of him holding aloft two world title belts at Madison Square Garden but in the shadows lies a man who has little to lose and a whole to gain which mixes up to make an intriguing finale to what on paper looks to be the best card the UFC has ever put together.
Manny Sangha @thefightscholar