Win or lose in the early hours of Sunday morning, Ireland’s Conor McGregor will forever have a place in mixed martial arts history.
McGregor and his opponent Eddie Alvarez are the main event of a stacked UFC 205, making them the headline bout of the company’s first show in the state of New York. It comes after a lengthy 20-year legal battle with state legislators ended with in the sport’s legalisation last April.
Not satisfied with sharing the limelight, McGregor is also chasing personal immortality in the sport as he looks to add Alvarez’s Lightweight title to his Featherweight crown and become UFC’s first ever dual-weight world champion as a result.
As the hullabaloo over Donald Trump’s election finally starts to die down, the hype finally started to ramp up for this fight after the most ‘McGregor’ of press conferences last night.
Title belts were stolen, chairs were held in the air and white Gucci mink coats were worn as ‘the Notorious’ one attempted to up the ante from his previous outings.
Known for his spookily spot on predictions in the past – which has added the moniker ‘Mystic Mac’ to his list of nicknames – McGregor has promised to knock Alvarez out inside the first of five scheduled main event rounds.
The bet comes in at and with the Dubliner holding a five inch reach advantage to his nuclear fists over Alvarez, it may be worth a punt for his army of fans.
I’m a fucking pimp, rocking all white Gucci mink, and without me, this whole fucking ship sink pic.twitter.com/XV94e40RSL
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 11, 2016
Alvarez for his part feels the best way to beat McGregor comes in the grappling game that Chad Mendes exploited successfully for a spell before being TKOed by the Irishman at UFC 189 last year.
The Philadelphia native summiting McGregor comes in at an outside , but if you fancy Conor to come unstuck, Alvarez on points might be a better option at .
Both combatants are also very heavy handed and for the fight not to go the distance. A crafty wager we’ve picked out though is McGregor to the most significant strikes at , especially as he has now added vicious leg kicks to his overflowing arsenal.
The bright lights of New York seems a fitting battleground for these two and there’s also couple of cracking contests down the card as well.
Former Middleweight champ Chris Weidman tackles Cuban Yoel Romero, while Miesha Tate looks to get back on the horse against Raquel Pennington after losing her Women’s Bantamweight Championship to Amanda Nunes in July.
Our one to watch though, is the all-Polish battle between Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the UFC Strawweight championship. There’s bad blood between the two as they go in search of national bragging right and Jedrzejczyk headbutted her opponent at the pre-fight press conference, so this one will be very feisty.