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McGregor cements status as UFC legend with historic feat

13
Nov

With a couple of well-timed precise strikes with his famous left-hand Conor McGregor made UFC history at the organization’s first show in New York City.

McGregor, who holds the UFC’s featherweight title, knocked out Eddie Alvarez at 3:04 of the second round to become the lightweight champion and the first fighter in mixed martial arts history to hold multiple UFC titles at the same time. The win not only solidifies McGregor’s growing legacy, but it made the popular Irishman, AKA “Mystic Mac,” look like a prophet again as he has been telling anyone who would listen since the day he signed with UFC that he would do what he did on the biggest stage in the promotion’s history.

“They’re not on my level,” McGregor said. “You’ve got to have size, reach, length. You’ve got to have some attributes. If you don’t, I will rip your head off. That’s what I say every time.”

McGregor (21-3) slipped a loaded punch and dropped Alvarez with a quick combination similar to the way he disposed of Jose Aldo last December. Referee John McCarthy gave Alvarez a chance to recover, but it was very clear the former champion was finished, and it didn’t take much more from McGregor before McCarthy to step in and stop the fight.

Alvarez (28-5), a former Bellator MMA champion with one of the most decorated resumes of all-time at 155 pounds, simply couldn’t handle the power and precise punching of McGregor despite getting up off the canvas after dropped three times in the first round. Once McGregor got the Philadelphia native to over-commit multiple times on punches it was only a matter of time before Alvarez got added to McGregor’s growing highlight reel.

At the post-fight news conference, McGregor announced he is expecting the birth of his first child in early May. The “Notorious” one intends to take a break until then, and expects the new owners of the UFC at WME-IMG to reach out to him in the meantime.

“Have this baby, take a little bit of time and see what way I feel after that,” McGregor said. “They’ve got to come talk to me now. No one has come talk to me since the sale [in July] happened — as a businessman.

“Who owns the company? People have shares of the company, celebrities. Conan O’Brien owns the UFC these days. Where’s my share? Where’s my equity? If I’m the one bringing this, they’ve got to come talk to me. That’s all I know. You want me to stick around and keep doing what I’m doing? I want what I deserve. What I’ve earned.”

After watching McGregor defeat of another solid opponent in easy fashion, UFC president Dana White agreed that McGregor is special and basically plays by his own rules.

“This ain’t hype. This is real, man,” White said. “Everybody said that the kink in his armor was wrestling, and when he meets a guy who can wrestle he’s in big trouble — not one take down tonight. Defended everything.

“You know, Eddie Alvarez was saying Santa Claus isn’t real. Santa Claus is back, you know what I mean? The guy is special. And what’s next? We’ll let him enjoy this moment. I’m gonna enjoy this moment. And we’ll talk business later.”

After shining brightest of all the stars on another big stage Saturday night and setting another gate record of 17.1 million, one thing is becoming abundantly clear, these days, the UFC needs Conor McGregor more than Conor McGregor needs to the UFC.

  • The Black Mamba

    Question: “Conor, Eddie said he is disappointed in the country of Ireland, what do you think about that?

    McGregor: “I don’t give a fook what Eddie says! Who gives a fook? The Irish are back! We’re takin back control of New York City!
    I run New York City! I’m a fookin PIMP! Rocking Gucci mink!”

    Tha cracked me up more than it should to be honest …

    • Robert Archambault

      For me it was “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize…. TO ABSOLUTELY NOBODY!!!”

      • The Black Mamba

        I hope he is not getting TOO cocky after his victory. He is indeed a great fighter, but definitely not a welterweight.
        If you look at Woodley, his biceps is like one leg of McGregor, and I’m sure it feels like a leg if you get hit with it.

        Side note: it’s simple boxing that brought McGregor so far. It’s the timing, speed and precision of his left hand. You could compare it to Mayweather’s right hand (albeit Mayweather is obviously on another level in terms of boxing)

        • john phillips

          Mayweather not

        • john phillips

          Mayweather not

        • Sidewinder

          Conor’s current weight division is Lightweight(155) same weight as Canelo. Well Woodley is much heavier at 170.

        • Robert Archambault

          I don’t think Conor can get more cocky than he already is and always has been. It’s part of his personality and that is never going to change.

          • Julio

            Yeah but he kinds of overdo it and just doesn’t seem authentic.

          • Robert Archambault

            He’s practicing for his post UFC career as a heel in the WWE. 🙂

          • Julio

            Now, that would be a more fitting gig.

          • The Black Mamba

            He yelled at Dana White and was going nuts inside the octagon. Man, he nearly called out Tyron Woodley. There a weight classes for a reason

        • Oc

          Hey mate, I would like to add my two cents to that, if I may.

          I used to box (for 10 years) and then I did MMA (for a few years as well) and then I took on training folk for MMA for a couple of years before I stopped and only kept a students interest in MMA, so I say this from personal experience.

          Boxing is very much about a kind of static form (and therefore a static strength element as well) that MMA has none of, boxing is mentally more intense than MMA in that the rules limit the kind of attacks you are likely to see/do where as MMA is much more dynamic in it’s form (static strength in this arena is therefore a hindrance, ref: how “stiff” a boxer like Toney looked in the cage, and Toney is not a stiff boxer), this is one of the reasons that you will never see a “classic” boxing stance or guard in the octagon. likewise an MMA fighter (MacGregor…whoever) would get absolutely mugged in a boxing ring even by a fighter not know for having crazy strength, like Mayweather.

          The athletes that are good at one, may or may not be good at the other. 10 years I trained in boxing and I was mediocre at best, in MMA, I was a natural from day one.

          Just saying. Respect mate.

          • The Black Mamba

            Thank you for telling me your experiences mate. I’m boxing as well but I’ve never done MMA before, so you could rightfully say my opinions regarding MMA don’t mean sh*t. However, I’m following combat sports for years and can rely a little bit on my boxing experience.
            I think it boils down to styles make fights. Eddie Alvarez’s style was tailor made for McGregor’s counter punches. Ronda Rousey is obviously another example of this rule: she submitted everyone but Holly Holm who made her look like a fool. Holly Holm had much more trouble with a more defensive minded fighter like Valentina Shevchenko. Shevchenko had trouble with the aggressive style of Amanda Nunes who happens to fight Ronda Rousey next month.
            I agree that boxing and MMA are fought completely different, but I believe that mental strength is an indispensable tool for every combat sport, period. If you’re breaking the will of your opponent you are winning the fight. You could tell on Eddie Alvarez’s face he had enough after one round.

          • Oc

            Totally agree mate. The mental side of the game is often the deciding factor in the fight. And Conor is a complete master of it, one of the best I have ever seen (boxers, kickboxers and mma heads included). For me, some of the greatest fights in our sport of boxing are seeing physically less gifted fighters over come their physically superior opponents using nothing more than a blend of mental fortitude, guts and discouraging pressure (Douglas-Tyson is an all time favorite fight of mine). Mac has tons of skill but his mental game might even be even superior to his left hand and I agree, poor old Eddie had a bit of a sad look on his face after the first round as he probably knew the end was coming.

            Again styles make fights (it has more meaning in mma than boxing though) and in Holm’s case, she’s got the best lateral footwork in mma at the moment, IF her opponent lets her apply it, Ronda did.

            A tid-bit for you Mamba, in regards to the differences between mma/boxing. A friend of mine (he was an amature boxing champion at 147/154 before turning pro) has sparred Conor (we’re all form the same village), in the boxing ring a couple of times, says Conor’s pretty good, that he has fast hands and very fast feet but that he wasn’t that hard a hitter, not compared to a boxer ( top amature or pro boxer) of the same weight that is. More a sharp accurate puncher than a heavy concussive hitter, something that rarely gets the job done in a boxing ring but seems to works magic in the cage.

            That kind of backs up my take/opinion that the static strength (far better based and more ridged strength) required for the boxing ring is not something that works too well in the cage and vice versa . Because nobody can deny that Conor is a lethally accurate puncher in the cage but it may not transfer over to the ring if he ever gives proper boxing a go. Just an opinion of course, he could surprise us…he’s bloody good at it.

            Anyway, respect mate and good luck with your own fisticuffs.

          • The Black Mamba

            The difference between 10 ounce boxing and 4 ounce MMA gloves is worth considering, also, I believe. Just imagine Gennady Golovkin beating his opponents up in these gloves, that would be REALLY nasty. Your theory regarding the strength differences are interesting. I’m curious how straight wrestling, Muay Thai and BJJ competitors think about that.
            The raw physical strength of an Olympian wrestler seems to be the ultima ratio inside the octagon though. No one wants to get too close to Tyron Woodley or Daniel Cormier.

            Thanks for the inside regarding Conor McGregor. I think he has formidable challenges ahead of him (Khabib Nurmagomedov f.e.), and thanks for the kind words.

  • PK

    I guess the URL of this site is changing to http://www.octagontv.com. Time to find a new source of boxing news.

    • Robert Archambault

      Why can’t you simply select ‘BOXING’ at the top of the news section so that you don’t have to subject yourself to MMA, the most popular combat sport on the planet at the moment.

      • Julio

        I think he refers to the fact that this is a boxing site. Its not a mere matter of just “simply select”. Boxing fans are naturally not too happy about it.

        • Stephen M

          Not a big issue in my opinion.

        • Robert Archambault

          That is as stupid as complaining about the content of a television program. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. When it comes to this site, if you don’t want to read the article, don’t click on the damn thing! No one is being forced to read them. If seeing a MMA headline bothers someone so much, they have serious problems. I don’t like Mayweather and don’t click on most articles about him as a result, but I don’t start bitching that the guy is retired and should no longer be reported on everything he shows up at a fight as if he is making a comeback.

          • Julio

            Personally I don’t have any issues with it, but if you consider the history of this publication, its a little bit of a slap in the face.

          • Robert Archambault

            To whom? People who were not born when the magazine started? Boxing ‘fans’ who know next to nothing about the history of the sport they are supposed to love? Would they feel better to see RING become a paid membership site to be able to pay the bills?
            Opening the site to all combat sports brings in new readers and may actually open the eyes of some purely MMA fans who come across the site and get them interested in boxing. This is a GOOD thing, not bad considering the state of boxing today. New fans from the MMA arena will be interested in the actual fights and not how much money the boxers are making.

          • Julio

            I don’t disagree with you from the business standpoint. Opening the floodgates to MMA fans that might take on boxing is definitely a great thing. My reference was more in the sense that the Ring is a very specialized publication with such great history and tradition than just about any other covering a given sport.

          • Robert Archambault

            And their main subject is a sport that has been on the down swing for a number of years now and which is showing little signs of growth and recovery. I would not be shocked to discover that their hard copy circulation numbers are dropping along with their revenue and they need to expand to the new audience and cater to all fight fans, no matter which combat sport they follow.
            .
            It’s a new world and either they have to adapt or fail and fade away. I used to subscribe to a number of magazines on a number of topics that no longer exist due to the Internet changing everything. Newspapers are shutting down and turning to the net more and more. But boxing fans expect RING to ignore all of this and just accept the inevitable?
            .
            IF there were as many fight fans as there are MLB or NFL or College ball fans, maybe they would not need such changes. But there aren’t and there never will be again. And people who resist change are doomed to vanish into obscurity with everyone else who resisted in the past.

          • Robert Archambault

            And their main subject is a sport that has been on the down swing for a number of years now and which is showing little signs of growth and recovery. I would not be shocked to discover that their hard copy circulation numbers are dropping along with their revenue and they need to expand to the new audience and cater to all fight fans, no matter which combat sport they follow.
            .
            It’s a new world and either they have to adapt or fail and fade away. I used to subscribe to a number of magazines on a number of topics that no longer exist due to the Internet changing everything. Newspapers are shutting down and turning to the net more and more. But boxing fans expect RING to ignore all of this and just accept the inevitable?
            .
            IF there were as many fight fans as there are MLB or NFL or College ball fans, maybe they would not need such changes. But there aren’t and there never will be again. And people who resist change are doomed to vanish into obscurity with everyone else who resisted in the past.

          • Julio

            I agree once more. The internet has changed the entire dynamics of everything, and business is certainly no exception.

          • Robert Archambault

            Anyone who isn’t happy with the direction of the site can always go over to boxingscene where they get a dozen articles out of each minor interview, one article per sentence it seems, that anyone gives out or boxingnews24 where there have one guy writing articles under a dozen different names.

  • stlrockn

    Add me to the voices who would rather not see MMA news on this site.
    It has it’s own website. C’mon man…we have 100 years of Ring history
    to maintain. Please, no more MMA here.

    • Robert Archambault

      Boxing is SO much better. I mean that Ortiz fight yesterday was one for the ages! The ages of MEDIOCRITY! I would rather read 1000 stories about MMA and UFC and Bellator than every see another boxing match like that one.

      • stlrockn

        You are right. The Ortiz fight was one of the most boring I have seen in a long time.
        I’m just saying, if you want to read about MMA then go to the UFC website or fightnews.com THIS website has always been and I hope remains, all about boxing.

        • Robert Archambault

          And is anyone forcing you to read the MMA articles? Why did you bother clicking on this one in the first place? Some people just like to complain about things. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ IT, DO NOT CLICK ON THE ARTICLE! IFALL YOU WANT TO READ IS BOXING NEWS, CLICK ON THE BOXING NEWS LINK AND BOOKMARK IT!
          .
          It’s not rocket science! Read what you are interested in and don’t read the rest.

          • stlrockn

            It’s not about clicking on them. I’m just saying that they shouldn’t be here in the first place. It’s The Ring. I clicked to see if anyone shared my view and guess what….somebody did! (microphone drop)…..I’m out.

          • Robert Archambault

            Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

          • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

            i seem to be agreeing with you all the time robert what has the world come to

    • Brandon

      Agreed. Although business wise it’s understandable that the Ring would chase some easy money by promoting another combat sport. Is it really smart on their part in the long run though? Depends on how one thinks. I say no….but fook it.

    • PrinceGian

      Completely agree. Boxing has it’s websites and MMA has it’s websites and never the twain shall meet.

    • Droeks Malan

      I am a casual MMA fan as well as a much more hardcore boxing fan, but I would also rather have MMA stick to their own sites. The MMA sites don’t carry boxing after all.

      • Oc

        Same here mate casual fan mma, hardcrore fan boxing) but alas Sherdog does in fact carry boxing articles, and they’re pretty good at that.

        I have no problem with MMA here, as long as it is kept under it own title and out of the Boxing news feed.

  • ceylon mooney

    GET THIS OFF MY BOXING FEED GOD DAMMIT

    • ceylon mooney

      and i am fine with u guys covering mma. thas
      cool. and this a good article.

      BUT KEEP IT
      OFF MY GOT DAMM FEED

  • AllAboutBoxing

    If he’s that special then give Nate Diaz that rematch he deserve..

    • left hook

      The guy can fight and I am a fan but it seems everybody he fights he is bigger than them except for Diaz.

      • AllAboutBoxing

        Agreed ..that’s why he needs to give Diaz a rematch..

    • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

      he had a rematch with diaz and beat him do you not remember that

      • AllAboutBoxing

        Yeah Diaz rematch him because of a million excuses..and now he won’t give one back…duhhh

        • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

          what excuses fought him at the exact same weight

          • AllAboutBoxing

            Ok..now give Diaz that rematch..after the trilogy..Then we’ll talk about him…hope he doesn’t make excuses because I know Diaz will come down to lightweight…He(Diaz)knocked you(Connor) out..you got a decision in the the 2nd fight…let’s see a third point blank..

    • ryan

      Aldo or khabib no other fight he can’t hold up 145 any longer and khabib is the uncrowned 155 champ unfortunately I see neither happening and the third Diaz fight happening at 155

      • AllAboutBoxing

        Hopefully…

  • Jose Reynoso

    Damn it ring do some research he was not the first fighter to hold multiple belts at the same time in mma history. In fact Conor had already done that in Cage Warriors, and Dan Henderson held 2 belts at one time in Pride. I understand boxing is on life support and covering mma is the way to go but please do it right. Also the way he finished Jose Aldo was nothing like how he finished Eddie Alvarez. Aldo was a one punch KO with some unnecessary shots on the already unconscious Aldo. Eddie he hit with a four hit combo before he to too got hit with some unnecessary hits on the floor. I wonder did you even watch the fights.

    • DBone

      “….the first fighter in mixed martial arts history to hold multiple UFC titles at the same time.”

      • Jose Reynoso

        U are probably right my bad, gonna go ahead and edit my comment. Don’t know how I did catch that very obvious.

      • Jose Reynoso

        U are probably right my bad, gonna go ahead and edit my comment. Don’t know how I did catch that very obvious.

    • Kendrick E. Johnson

      Really bro I’ve been cageside for three of Conor’s fights and I know what I’m talking about. Yes Conor did hit Aldo with one-punch but you aren’t looking at the knockout technically but that’s why you are just a fan. Conor against a 145- pound Aldo waited for him to load up on his right-hand over commit and throw hard as hell only for him to simply precisely counter him with his left-hand and down the 145-pound Aldo went for the first KO loss of his career.
      Let’s fast forward to Saturday at MSG, if you were cage side which you were not but I was, you would have saw the same sequence unfold at the very beginning of the second round against 155-pound Alvarez. This time Conor didn’t get the precise shot the first time but still did damage by grazing his temple. Knowing if he laded flush he could get Alvarez out of there Conor laid traps to get him once again to load up on his right and this time countered Alvarez perfectly and down he went. Since he’s 155-pounder he had to throw the combo but the sequence and the way it unofficially ended was the same way he disposed of Aldo he just need more power shots for a bigger guy. A lot of y’all don’t realize Conor’s real weight class is 155-pounds and anyone he touches with that ;left-hand at 145 will be stopped almost instantly like Aldo, Marcus Brimage, Diego Brandão, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver and Chad Mendes all found out. Don’t try me because I know about MMA and the sweet science and have great respect for both of them equally and that’s why I do this for a living and watch fights all the time.

      • Jose Reynoso

        Being cage side and watching it on tv doesn’t change what happened. Your credentials mean nothing you were wrong. Being that this is a primarily a boxing website I thought it was important for the readers to know that the two fight outcomes were different. Most of who probably never saw either fight. The only thing that was similar was Conor catching them both with the left, that’s literally it. It even played out different, with Aldo he took a step back when he caught him with the left and ko’d him cold. The follow up punches woke him up but his body went stiff after that left. With Alverez he didn’t move back, he stood still when he hit him with the left that only wobbled Alvarez. He then hit him with 3 more punches after that before he hit the ground, still conscious by the way. Do you honestly think that sequence was the same? I Challenge any person who is reading our comments to go watch both fights and tell me If they were the same. Also one stoppage was officially called a KO and the other was a TKO. Your welcome

        • Kendrick E. Johnson

          Bro a step here or there doesn’t mean a thing. He did the same thing to both fighters and needed more shots to put away the bigger fighters. That’s it end of subject.If getting credentials to biggest combat events didn’t mean anything everybody would be getting one I’m just saying.

  • D. Gambino

    Great fight for McGregor. He forced Alvarez to fight his fight and made him look like an amateur. I truly loved the look on Alvarez’s face when McGregor put him down with that first straight left. I don’t like McGregor’s chances against Khabib Nurmagomedov since his whole style is ground based but I think McGregor would do good against him in the stand up.

    I would much rather see McGregor rematch Max Holloway at 145 or Tony Ferguson at 155. Either of those fights would be excellent match-ups.

  • Charlie Underbite

    Looking forward to this dude getting knocked out. Although he doesn’t beat women, his personality is as off-putting to me as Mayweather’s. As long as I’m a fight fan, I will continue to root for both of these guys to get put on their asses.

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