UFC 205: McGregor defeats Alvarez to make history

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez via a second-round knockout at UFC 205 to claim the lightweight title and become the promotion’s first ever simultaneous two-weight champion on Sunday night in Madison Square Garden, NY.

McGregor was in charge from the opening round and dominated to knockout Alvarez at 3:04 of round two with a five-punch combo that sent Alvarez crumbling to the canvas to end the fight.

McGregor put on a flawless performance as he absolutely decimated Alvarez from start to finish to claim the lightweight belt to add to his growing collection.

It was a jaw-dropping showing from McGregor as he stalked Alvarez around the cage, using pinpoint accuracy and deadly power to get the job done.

As the fight got underway, Alvarez tried to exert his dominance by going after the Irishman with forward aggression, but he quickly paid for it as McGregor dropped him with lightning quick left hand that flattened the Philadelphia native.

It appeared McGregor might get a first round finish, but Alvarez was able to survive the knockdown and get back to his feet.

He wasn't standing for long, however, as McGregor ended up putting Alvarez on the canvas twice more during the opening round as the raucous crowd stood on their feet continuously throughout.

Possibly the most impressive part of McGregor's first round was the control and patience he showed by not chasing Alvarez, but instead allowing the shots to come to him. Every time Alvarez stepped forward, McGregor countered with surgical precision just peppering him with hard, stinging shots.

As the round ended, Alvarez went back to his corner searching for answers, but as it turns out he found none.

The second round went much like the first as McGregor quickly tagged Alvarez with a hard punch that dropped him to one knee. No matter where Alvarez turned, McGregor was just too fast with his counters.

Finally with Alvarez on wobbly legs, McGregor saw an opening to finish the fight with another devastating combination that sends his opponent crashing to the mat. This time, McGregor followed him to the floor where he landed a few more strikes and referee John McCarthy saw more than enough to stop the fight and save Alvarez for absorbing anymore damage.

McGregor threw his hands in the air as the New York crowd absolutely erupted in celebration as he was crowned the new UFC lightweight champion.

“Eddie is a warrior but he shouldn’t be in there with me. I am a different level. Now, I celebrate as champion of two divisions," McGregor said.

"I've spent a lot of time, slaying everybody in the company. I've ridiculed everyone on the roster. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologise to absolutely nobody!"

McGregor has said a lot since he arrived in the UFC, but to date, he's followed through on each and every one of his promises. Now he stands tall as the first and only fighter to ever hold two titles at one time.

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley retained his title after a brutal battle with Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson that was judged a majority draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47), which meant Woodley kept his title.

Woodley knocked the stuffing out of Wonderboy in the first round, after taking Thompson down to the canvas. His superior wrestling technique enabling him to dish out some vicious elbows that split Thompson’s nose and left him covered in blood.

Thompson fared better in the second and third rounds, keeping his distance and hurting Woodley with some straight shots.

But Woodley came strong again in the fourth, catching Wonderboy cold with two shots that put him down before following up with several vicious punches and elbows that came close to finishing the fight.

Woodley then got him in a tight guillotine, but Wonderboy somehow managed to survive, wriggling free before getting on top himself and raining down punches and elbows as the round came to a close.

Thompson made all the running in the fifth, landing shots from distance as the two fighters sparred through to the final hooter.

In the battle of the Polish female fighters Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) after five rounds of action, Kowalkiewicz coming close to an upset in the fourth round, when she caught Jedrzejczyk cold with a massive right, but the champion managed to hold on and see out the remaining round.

In the fourth fight on the card, Yoel ‘Soldier of God’ Romero earned a brutal TKO of Chris Weidman to set up a potential middleweight title match with champion Michael Bisping.

The first two rounds were competitive, but Romero’s superior strength soon began to tell, and the fight was over early in the third floor when Weidman ducked into a huge knee from Romero that sent him crashing to the canvas and blood pouring from above Weidman’s left eye.

Lower down the card, Raquel Pennington took a major step forward with a ruthless display against Miesha Tate, earning a unanimous decision win.

Pennington’s jab was too much for Tate, who continually tried to wrap up her younger opponent.
But Pennington continued to dominate throughout the fight, outstriking Tate while also holding her own in the grappling as she easily beat her former Ultimate Fighter coach.

Earlier on in the prelim fights, Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov racked up another win after earning a third-round submission win over Michael “The Menace” Johnson.

In a one sided fight, Johnson came out swinging, but it didn’t take ‘The Eagle’ long to grab Johnson in his talons, and he was lucky to survive the first round after the Russian got him wrapped up.

The fight continued is the same vein until Nurmagomedov finally got the win, after Johnson tapped out 2:31 into the third after getting trapped in a kimura.