Before Conor McGregor went on his extended break from mixed martial arts (MMA), he was on top of the combat sports world.
After defeating Nate Diaz in the rematch at UFC 202, Conor was awarded the opportunity to become UFC’s first-ever dual champion by holding two division title simultaneously.
While he was already the promotion’s featherweight champion, Conor was given a title fight against then-lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.
The two men squared off in the main event at UFC 205 three years ago today on November 12, 2016 in New York City.
From the jump, it was clear that Conor was the superior striker, clipping Eddie from the get-go. And in round two, “Notorious” unleashed an amazing punch combination that dropped his foe.
From there, he went on to deliver some ground-and-pound that ultimately put an end to the fight. And just like that, Conor made UFC history.
Unfortunately, Conor never got the chance to defend either the 145 or 155-pound titles, as he was stripped of both for inactivity. Instead, Conor went on to box Floyd Mayweather.
He didn’t return to MMA action until two years later, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
And while there have been three more fighters to accomplish that feat since in Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo, “Notorious” will always be the first.
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