Conor McGregor will get another chance to become a two-division champion.
After weeks of prolonged negotiation and public denials, the UFC confirmed on Monday night that Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will headline the historic first UFC event at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be at 155 pounds and for Alvarez’s lightweight title. McGregor was originally going to challenge for that belt against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196, but dos Anjos had to pull out injured. So began a memorable feud between McGregor and last minute replacement Nate Diaz.
It also looks like McGregor got his way again, as UFC president Dana White confirmed on Tuesday that McGregor will not be stripped of his own championship, the 145-pound featherweight title. White had previously said that McGregor would be required to defend it or give it up, but the Irishman seems to have convinced the UFC that a rematch with Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt isn’t as interesting for fight fans.
UFC 205 takes place on November 12 and will be the first major MMA card held in the state of New York since it became the final state in the country to regulate, legalize, or unban the sport earlier this year.
White also confirmed on Tuesday that Chris Weidman would take on Yoel Romero at UFC 205. Weidman, the former middleweight champion, is from New York and was one of the fighters who actively campaigned for legalized MMA in New York on behalf of the UFC. He dropped the middleweight belt to Luke Rockhold last December and wants to get back into title contention. Romero is coming off a six-month suspension for a failed drug test.