McGre­gor claims sec­ond ti­tle

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MIXED mar­tial arts su­per­star Conor McGre­gor knocked out Ed­die Al­varez at Madi­son Square Garden on Novem­ber 12 to be­come the first to hold two Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship ti­tles at the same time.

Ire­land’s hugely pop­u­lar UFC feath­er­weight cham­pion seized Al­varez’s light­weight ti­tle, knock­ing the Amer­i­can down three times with pun­ish­ing left hands in the first round and once again in the next be­fore fin­ish­ing him off with a bru­tal four-punch com­bi­na­tion at 3min 4sec of the sec­ond round.

“Where’s my sec­ond belt?” McGre­gor shouted af­ter one was wrapped around his waist, while cheers from a le­gion of ar­dent UFC cham­pion sup­port­ers rang around the arena.

The UFC 205 card was the pro­mo­tion’s first foray to New York, which in April be­came the last US state to le­galise pro­fes­sional MMA fights.

The Big Ap­ple proved the per­fect stage for McGre­gor, who has be­come one of MMA’s big­gest draws not only for his ex­ploits in the oc­tagon but also for his swag­ger out­side of it.

With his sec­ond cham­pi­onship belt de­liv­ered and both dis­played proudly on his shoul­ders, McGre­gor took the mi­cro­phone and adopted a mock­se­ri­ous tone.

“I’d like to take this chance to apol­o­gize to – ab­so­lutely no­body!” he said, fu­elling re­newed cheers.

Al­varez was in sur­vival mode from the start un­til ref­eree John McCarthy called a halt as McGre­gor con­tin­ued to pep­per his prone op­po­nent with punches.

“He’s not on my level,” said McGre­gor, who im­proved to 21-3 in MMA com­pe­ti­tion and 9-1 in UFC. “You’ve got to have size, reach, length. You’ve got to have some at­tributes.

“If you come here any way equal to me, I’m gonna rip your whole head off.”

Al­varez lost the belt he won from Rafael dos An­jos in July and fell to 28-5 (3-2 in UFC). –

‘I’d like to take this chance to apol­o­gise to – ab­so­lutely no­body.’

Conor McGre­gor

Photos: AFP

McGre­gor cel­e­brates his sec­ond weight divi­sion ti­tle, be­com­ing the first to hold two UFC belts at the same time. Conor Mcgre­gor (right) ham­mers Ed­die Al­varez (left) dur­ing their UFC light­weight cham­pi­onship at Madi­son Square Garden in New York City on Novem­ber 12.

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