A lightweight championship bout between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor has been confirmed by UFC officials for November 12th at Madison Square Garden.
The bout for the 155-pound title was confirmed Monday. UFC 205 is historic because it marks the first trip to New York since 1997 A ban on professional mixed martial arts set in 1997 has recently been lifted.
McGregor (20-3) currently holds the featherweight champion. He will be attempting to join BJ Penn and Randy Couture to be the only fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes. McGregor will also retain his featherweight title, giving him the chance to become the first person to hold two belts at the same time.
Conor McGregor holds the fastest finish in UFC title fight history when he knocked out Jose Aldo in an impressive 13 seconds.
28-year-old McGregor was supposed to pursue that piece of history back in March at UFC 196. The fight fell through when Rafael dos Anjos suffered injuries.
McGregor chose to remain on the card and fought Nate Diaz at welterweight. He suffered his first loss by second-round submission. Mcgregor demanded an immediate rematch at welterweight against Diaz and won via majority decision at UFC 202.
Eddie Alvarez (28-4) won the title by knockout over Rafael dos Anjos back in July. Alvarez has also held the 155-pound title in the Bellator MMA.
In addition to the lightweight title fight, defending welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (16-3) is scheduled to fight Stephen Thompson (13-1). Female strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) will take on Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0).
UFC 205 is “The fight the fans wanted,” Dana White said in an interview with ESPN. “In addition to Alvarez defending his title against McGregor, the card has three world title fights and is the best card in UFC history,” according to White.