The man they call “Notorious” Conor McGregor has once again etched a place for himself in the UFC’s record books: this time as the only simultaneous two-weight world champion…just as the featherweight champion predicted.
The top dog at 145 pounds took the 155-pound (lightweight) championship home to add to his trophy case with a second round technical knockout of Eddie Alvarez in his first title defense. The fighting son of Philadelphia planned to utilize wrestling and leg kicks against the brash Irishman–“Mystic Mac” made the affair a boxing match. His prediction of a first-round KO didn’t come to fruition, but the result was a finish nonetheless.
The first begins with Alvarez on the offensive as McGregor leaves a leg outstretched for kicks. He charges for a takedown and is caught by McGregor’s famous left hand for the first of three knockdowns. He runs in again and is floored but tries wrapping up his man’s legs. McGregor folds Alvarez on top of himself and rains down shots.
Alvarez connects, adding a front kick heading into the first break but is clearly down.
The Dublin native stuffs another double leg and taunts the defending champion with both hands behind his back momentarily. Another left follows a brief clinch and a right hook ends the night as television commentators would later say Alvarez’s eyes had rolled back in his head. Referee “Big John” McCarthy stops the contest.
(C) Conor McGregor def. (C) Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship via KO/TKO at 3:04 of Round 2
It was also revealed at the post-fight press conference that McGregor will become a father at some point in 2017.