UFC president Dana White confirmed that the fight between champions Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will not be happening at UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rumors continue to swirl about the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205. Alvarez challenged the Irish fighter on Twitter, but McGregor just gave a crushing response.
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) September 21, 2016
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 21, 2016
Top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that he is just waiting for Eddie Alvarez to sign. UFC president Dana White supports Nurmagomedov’s statement, saying that the Alvarez-McGregor UFC 205 bout is not true.
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 21, 2016
When the Alvarez-McGregor fight spreads, there are reports saying that ‘The Notorious’ is suffering from a leg injury. However, McGregor’s camp said that the Irish fighter is fine and ready to fight again in the Octagon.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White prefers Eddie Alvarez to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov while Conor McGregor should return to the featherweight division and fight Jose Aldo.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
For the lightweight division, it is expected that Alvarez will be fighting the No. 1 contender Nurmagomedov. The Russian mix martial artist remains undefeated with a 23-0 record. Despite his persistence to be given a title shot, the UFC lightweight champion is still hoping that McGregor will be his opponent.
The UFC 205 will surely be a big event and having an opponent like Conor McGregor will assure a big payday. As of now, Dana White stood firm with his decision to force McGregor to return in the featherweight division and fight interim champion Jose Aldo.
If he still insists on fighting Alvarez, there is a higher possibility that he will be stripped of the belt after failing to defend the title. Officials will be scheduling a UFC 205 press conference on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. UFC president Dana White is expected to reveal the full fight card for the November 12 event.
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