Conor McGregor makes history at UFC 205, cementing himself as the UFC’s one true King.
Conor McGregor had the crowd at Madison Square Garden in the palm of his hands on Saturday, and that was just during his entrance. When the night ended, the place exploded with the infamous “ole” chants. The Irish ruled MSG, and McGregor led the pack. This past Saturday at UFC 205, Conor (easily) defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Title, becoming a two-division champion.
What a way for MMA to become a part of the New York scene after being banned in the 90’s. A solid card all-around, history was made and of course McGregor was at the center of it. The “Notorious One” (21-3) made easy work of Alvarez (28-5), who could not block any of the vicious punches McGregor threw at him. It seemed one-sided. And then the inevitable happened: Conor McGregor knocked Alvarez out in the second round.
He now holds the Lightweight Title and the Featherweight Title (a title he hasn’t defended in over 339 days FYI).
Humble as ever, McGregor’s post-fight victory speech was classic Conor. Speaking to Joe Rogan, McGregor stated:
“I spend a lot of time slinging everyone in the company, I’ve ridiculed everyone on the roster, I’d like to take time to apologize to absolutely nobody. A double champ does whatever the (EXPLETIVE) he wants.”
I am not surprised by anything this man says anymore (I couldn’t help but laugh when that happened). Conor McGregor is an incredible athlete. He can walk the walk and he can certainly talk the talk. I’ve been annoyed at his antics recently (coming late to events, trying to be the center of attention), but at the end of the day you have to respect the guy. He has done things fighters only dream about doing. As we’ve seen from previous fights, he also looks healthier outside of the Featherweight division.
McGregor has all of the power, but apparently he wants more. During his post-fight interview, McGregor was pondering the idea of wanting to own a stake in the company. As you recall, the UFC was sold for over $4 billion and some investors are celebrities. He claims he’s aware of his worth and deserves a share. With a $17.7 million gate (both UFC and MSG records) and over 20,000 fans inside The Garden, McGregor might not be off on his request. In the end, Conor gets what he wants so it wouldn’t be surprising if he received something out of this.
With a baby on the way, McGregor will probably look to take time off, but he shouldn’t forget he has a lot of challengers waiting. Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) is coming for him, but that probably adds gas to the McGregor fire (I would still be afraid of that man). Conor adapts to everything thrown at him in the UFC, even Nate Diaz. His growth curve is absurd. You never know what might happen.
The next few months should be very entertaining. It’s Conor McGregor’s world, we’re just living in it.
I have praised him, and I have criticized him. I am man enough to admit that he proved me wrong (again). For those who still doubt him like I did (there’s still a small bit of doubt deep down somewhere): He wins, we lose. He’ll laugh all the way to the bank while we cry. With that, there’s only one thing left to say:
ALL HAIL THE KING!