Conor McGregor's next fight confirmed
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 07, 2016,
Oct 07, 2016, 17:18
The UFC will not be stripping McGregor of his featherweight title, making this a champion versus champion super-fight.
With the Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor card set, three matches have now been lined up for the return to NY.
Aldo, who is said to be extremely upset after the UFC tried to offer him a fight on the same card as the Irish fight against either Max Holloway or Anthony Pettis, has asked UFC president Dana White to release him.
Late Monday, the UFC confirmed that McGregor will headline UFC 205 on November 12, which will be the UFC's first event in NYC since 1997 when the state of NY imposed a ban on professional MMA fights.
McGregor's (20-3) venture into the lightweight division was supposed to take place in March with then 155-lb champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Possibly! Conor proved that he could successfully fight at a different weight class when he defeated Nate Diaz, 31, at UFC 202.
However, adding more gold to his collection is next on McGregor's agenda, providing a blockbuster first defense for Alvarez, who beat dos Anjos in July with a first-round TKO. His last fight on the American west coast came in January 2015, with a second round stoppage of Dennis Siver. Should McGregor defend his title or challenge for Alvarez's?
At the turn of the year Conor McGregor set out to become the first simultaneous two-weight UFC world champion. The victory remains the fastest finish in UFC title fight history. The UFC 205 pay-per-view is historic in that it marks the promotion's first trip to NY since a 1997 ban on professional mixed martial arts was lifted earlier this year. Tyron Woodley will attempt to defend his welterweight belt against Stephen Thompson while Joanna Jedrzejczyk seeks her fourth title defense in the women's strawweight division against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
A press conference featuring all UFC 205's headliners is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the theater at Madison Square Garden.
But it's understood the Dublin fighter has recovered well and his next fight will come sooner than expected in NY.