UFC 205: McGregor vs. Alvarez took place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In a highly anticipated champion vs. champion bout, UFC featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor (21-3) moved up in weight to challenge lightweight king Eddie Alvarez (28-5) in the night's main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on McGregor vs. Alvarez, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: Here we go. History? We'll see. Big pop, as expected, for Conor McGregor has he made his way. A house of boos for Alvarez. Big John McCarthy draws the assignment for the main event at MSG. McGregor stood center stage holding his arms out during intros, while Alvarez danced for his turn. Cold staredown, though they did touch gloves. Crowd chanting Ole, Ole Ole. Here we go. McGregor in the cround, sideways stance. McGregor takes a leg kick, and McGregor slips. Another leg kick from Alvarez, and McGregor chirping at him already. A right jab by McGregor, nobody home. A lot of hand movement on both sides. Left hand drops Alvarez, but somehow he bounces right back up! That was almost pandemonium. Holy wow. Now Alvarez changes levels as if to takedown Conor, but thinks better of it. Uppercut from Alvarez nearly resulted in him eating an elbow. Good movement from Conor. He's feeling good so far. Headkick attempt, and it's bloacked. Now a straight left and that drops Alvarez again! This time Conor, very poised, follows him to the ground and he's trying to end things. This might be giving Alvarez the time he needs to recover. Nice punch as Alvarez stands. McGregor picking his shots here. All Irish so far! A chant of Conor breaks out. That straight left is firing like a piston for McGregor. Alvarez not doing much, though he is attacking that lead leg. Straight left again from McGregor, who is just so calculated and together in there. Not shying to the spotlight at all (not that we'd expect him to). Headkick attempt from Alvarez, blocked. MMA Fighting scores R1 for McGregor, 10-8.
Round 2: They meet in center, the patty-cake of opposing stances. Alvarez with a nice right hand, but it doesn't connect flush. Another lunging left from McGregorm and Alvarez just can't pick that up — it keeps smashing him. A faked spinning kick from Alvarez. Now McGregor putting his arms behind his back, as if to taunt Alvarez. And again he powers out that straight left, and again it lands. Big swings from Alvarez with right and McGregor steps aside and blasts him with counter. Alvarez smartly ties McGregor up and posts on fence, and he's now introducing some rugged to the fight. McGregor able to get out though. Crowd loving it. Wow, a brutal combination drops Alvarez again, and this time after a couple of follow-ups McCarthy stops the fight. History! McGregor is now the featherweight and lightweight champion of the world. He is celebrating wearing the Irish flag on his shoulders. Masterful performance.
UFC 205 results: Conor McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez via KO (punches) at 3:04 of R2