UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be facing the lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. UFC president Dana White revealed that ‘The Notorious’ will be making an announcement after headlining the said event.
It will not take long before the MMA fans see Conor McGregor in the Octagon again. After his successful bout against Nater Diaz, the Irish fighter eyes to make history by taking the belt from the UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The announcement came as a surprise as everyone was expecting different opponents for both fighters.
After UFC 202, the rematch between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor heated up as Aldo successfully defeated Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight belt. Dana White stated in the past that ‘The Notorious’ will be stripped of the belt if he refused to defend it against ‘Junior’.
Also, Eddie Alvarez is expected to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, who ranks No. 1 in the lightweight division, for his first title defense. 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 more interested in fighting McGregor.
When the Alvarez-McGregor bout started to circulate, UFC president Dana White was the first to deny the rumor, saying that it will be Khabib Nurmagomedov who will fight the lightweight champion. However, in a short span of time, White’s decision has changed and agreed to Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez to headline the UFC 205.
“Listen, I battled this thing forever. Not only is it not fair to Jose Aldo, it’s not fair to Khabib and Max Holloway,” White said. “So believe me, I battled with this thing but there are… how can I say this? There are other circumstances involved in this that will be played out after the fight.
“It’s something completely out of left field but it’s Conor’s business. It’s not mine, and I’ll let Conor announce it when he’s ready to,” he added.
With this, it seems like McGregor’s announcement after the UFC 205 main event has something to do with White’s decision. When the news spread, there are rumors that the Irish fighter will retire after the fight to give more time for his family.
Heard from a source who spent about 15 mins with McGregor and Dee (McGregor's). Source said he's taking a "year (ish)" off for their newborn
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) October 6, 2016
As of now, there is no confirmation of this rumor and MMA fans can take it with a grain of salt. Conor McGregor has surely focused on his upcoming fight to become the first man to hold two UFC belts.
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