McGre­gor claims his­toric sec­ond ti­tle at UFC 205

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IR­ISH­MAN Conor McGre­gor made his­tory by be­com­ing the first fighter to hold two UFC belts si­mul­ta­ne­ously with a sec­ond-round knock­out of Ed­die Al­varez at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den.

The 28-year-old chal­lenger, who went into the fight as the reign­ing feath­er­weight cham­pion, added the light­weight ti­tle when ref­eree John McCarthy stopped the bout with just un­der two min­utes of the sec­ond round re­main­ing.

McGre­gor dom­i­nated from the off and had Al­varez on the floor of the Oc­tagon three times in the open­ing round, with the Amer­i­can wrig­gling free on both oc­ca­sions.

The Ir­ish­man, with a five-inch reach ad­van­tage over his op­po­nent, be­gan show­boat­ing in the sec­ond, hold­ing his hands be­hind his back as Al­varez (32) looked to re­spond.

It was one-way traf­fic and the bout was stopped when three con­sec­u­tive punches knocked Al­varez to the floor and with McGre­gor ready to pounce, McCarthy dived in.

In an ex­ple­tive-rid­den post-fight in­ter­view, McGre­gor said: “Not one bit was sur­pris­ing, they are not at my level.

“They have got to have size, reach, length, you have got to have some at­tributes. If you come in any way equal to me I am go­ing to rip your head off, it hap­pens ev­ery time.

“Ed­die is a solid com­peti­tor, Ed­die is a war­rior, but he shouldn’t have been in here with me and that’s just the truth of it.

“It has never been done be­fore. Ev­ery­thing I have dreamed is a re­al­ity.

“I have spent a lot time of time slat­ing ev­ery­one in the com­pany. I have ridiculed the en­tire ros­ter and I just want to say from the bot­tom, I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gise...to ab­so­lutely no­body!” — The Tele­graph

Conor McGre­gor

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