Sec­ond-round KO of Al­varez gives McGregor sec­ond belt

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Lance Pug­mire

Paul Guen­ther, a for­mer Western Mary­land as­sis­tant, will coach the Ben­gals de­fense against the Giants tonight

NEW YORK — Count the knock­downs: five. Count the ti­tles: two.

Conor McGregor be­came the first UFC fighter to wear two belts at once when he picked apart light­weight cham­pion Ed­die Al­varez with punches to the head and rolled to a sec­ond-round knock­out vic­tory at UFC 205 be­fore ador­ing masses at Madi­son Square Gar­den early Sun­day morn­ing.

“Where’s my sec­ond belt?” Ire­land’s per­son­able McGregor asked in the oc­tagon; it wasn’t im­me­di­ately avail­able.

McGregor (21-3) sized up Al­varez (28-5) im­me­di­ately and dropped him with blows from his left hand three times in the first round.

Al­varez failed to pro­duce an ef­fec­tive re­sponse, miss­ing kicks and fail­ing to find a re­vers­ing McGregor with punches un­til the feath­er­weight cham­pion surged for­ward and looked for open­ings again.

“You’ve got to have size, length, some at­tribute. If you don’t I’ll rip your head off,” McGregor said, and af­ter fight­ing his two fights be­fore Sun­day’s at the wel­ter­weight limit of 170 pounds he boasted, “I’ll slay ev­ery­body in the com­pany.”

McGregor fin­ished the as­sault at the 3:04 mark of the sec­ond round. He’d knocked down Al­varez ear­lier in the sec­ond be­fore plant­ing a hard punch on the jaw and fol­low­ing that with a blast to the right ear to send the for­mer cham­pion to the can­vas.

McGregor pounced and ref­eree John McCarthy waved the bout off.

“I’d like to apol­o­gize…to ab­so­lutely no­body,” McGregor said, a nod to Al­varez’s Thurs­day news con­fer­ence warn­ing that he needed one from McGregor or he’d make him pay for it.

Al­varez was in­stead the one who paid dearly, as his ti­tle reign is over af­ter one de­fense.

On Satur­day night, Ty­ron Wood­ley’s big punches won him the best round of his ti­tle de­fense against Stephen “Won­der­boy” Thomp­son and al­lowed him to re­tain his wel­ter­weight belt — by the thinnest of mar­gins.

Wood­ley (16-3-1) keeps the ti­tle by virtue of a ma­jor­ity draw as judges scored the fight 47-47, 47-47, 48-47 in the co-main event.

“We will do it again,” said Thomp­son (13-1-1), who landed the more ef­fec­tive punches of the fifth round.

In the first of three ti­tle fights on the card, Poland’s Joanna Je­drze­jczyk de­feated coun­try­woman Karolina Kowalkiewicz on three scores of 49-46 to de­fend her women’s strawweight belt for the fourth time.

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