With UFC 205 win, Conor McGregor would be first in organization history to hold 2 belts simultaneously
Whether you love him or hate him, it is undeniable that Conor McGregor is good for the sport of mixed martial arts. Sure the entire UFC featherweight division is up in the air while their champion seeks out competition at both 170 and now 155 pounds, but the draw that Mystic Mac is bringing in, the amount of money he is generating is unprecedented.
McGregor challenges UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event at UFC 205, November 12 at Madison Square Garden.
As noted in an MMA Junkie article, if McGregor completes the task and defeats Alvarez, he will be the first ever UFC champion to hold belts simultaneously in two divisions.
Never before has that accomplishment happened in the UFC, although it has happened in other major organizations and is currently the situation in the World Series of Fighting as David Branch holds belts simultaneously at middleweight and light heavyweight.
There have been instances where fighters have held belts in two different weight divisions inside the UFC, but not simultaneously. Randy Couture captured the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles, and BJ Penn earned the lightweight and welterweight titles.
Defeating Alvarez to accomplish this task is a difficult one, but it is not too far out of reach for McGregor.
UFC President Dana White has said that if McGregor does defeat Alvarez for the title he will have to vacate one of the belts.
McGregor’s response to that seemed contrary as noted in an article from MMA Fighting.
“They’re going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them (belts) off me, and that’s out straight,” McGregor said at the UFC 205 kickoff press conference. “One’s going to be there, one’s going to be there, and I’m going to be picking and choosing who I want to destroy next. And that’s it.”
So as it stands UFC history could be made on November 12, although it may be short lived if White forces McGregor to give up a belt. Win or lose, UFC 205 is going to be one for the record books and likely will be the biggest pay-per-view the organization has put on to date.
One thing is for sure, it is interesting and exciting time to be a fight fan. Fight odds should be posted on My Top Sportsbooks soon and will be interesting to see how they shift as the event draws closer.
UFC 205 fight card:
- Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez vs. featherweight champ Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
- Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
- Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title
- Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
- Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
- Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
- Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian