McGregor to face Alvarez at UFC 205 for lightweight title

Conor McGregor was scheduled to fight for the lightweight title back at UFC 196, but Rafael dos Anjos was forced to pull out due to an injury. After he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July, he ended up injuring his foot. Prior to that, Alvarez had won back-to-back split decisions, narrowly defeating Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis.

It was reported in the early hours on Tuesday that Conor McGregor will be the main event in the historic UFC 205 card against Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.

"I heard about everything that happened through my coach", Aldo said (h/t "We got this fight in about six weeks and I can't wait to come down here and fight in front of all you guys".

"I deserve that. I've been fighting the best guys". More recently, he made it clear he wanted to face McGregor next, and just last week, it was reported Alvarez had failed to sign bout agreements to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. "And to make it worse, he would keep the featherweight belt, and possibly having two belts at the same time".

"He wants to try to gain both belts and he will give up one of the titles after that fight in New York", White said (via MMA Fighting). As a result, the Brazilian icon requested the UFC release him contract. "One's gonna be there and one's gonna be there, and I'm gonna be picking and choosing who I wanna destroy next", said McGregor, not relenting one iota on the idea of giving up either belt. "Since I'm not here to be McGregor's employee, I ask them to cancel my UFC contract". UFC President Dana White had previously indicated that McGregor would need to defend his belt against Aldo soon. This has caused plenty of controversy with fighters and fans alike who have called for McGregor to defend his title. With tickets going anywhere from $100 to $1250, per Forbes, this event could possibly shatter UFC's longstanding gate record of $12 million. Wow.

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