Conor McGregor is the hottest fighter in the industry right now, and being on top has its perks.
After defeating former featherweight champ, Jose Aldo, in 13 seconds of the first round, McGregor has seemingly been in control of who he fights and in which weight class he’ll fight them (whether featherweight, lightweight, or welterweight). For his next opponent the Irishman has chosen to ignore the obvious rematch with Aldo, saying, “It’s hard to even think of Aldo, I KO’d him in 13 seconds. I traveled around the world with him, he pulled out with two weeks’ notice.” instead, setting his sights on Eddie Alvarez, the current UFC lightweight champion.
The fight is set for UFC 205, and if McGregor wins he will be one of only a handful of fighters to hold titles in separate weight classes and the first to hold the titles simultaneously. However, UFC President Dana White told SportsCenter, “He will give up one of the titles after that fight in New York”. Whether or not that’s the case is still up in the air with White making a similar statement after McGregor fought Nate Diaz at UFC 202. McGregor has been VERY vocal about what would happen if anyone tried to strip him of a title saying, “They’re going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them off me.” while next to White at a press conference for UFC 205 (as White smiled along).
You can tell he knows how much he’s worth to the company, claiming he has a price tag of $4 billion. And he’s not only making these claims in a braggadocios way, but he actually believes them to be true. And why wouldn’t he? Earning a nickname of “Mystic Mac” due to his uncanny ability to predict the outcomes of his fights, McGregor seems like the best person to look to when wondering what will happen next in his career. For UFC 205 he has predicted, “One round it will take me to knock him out”. The odds reflect as much with McGregor at -125 to Alvarez at -105. But anyone who has watched UFC recently knows that nothing is for certain and we might have another unpredictable fight with this one.
McGregor vs Alvarez is scheduled for November 12th at Madison Square Garden and will be available on Pay-Per-View.