Fired-up champion Eddy Alvarez met the calm, cool, collected and "Notorious" Conor McGregor at Madison Square Garden, the world's most renowned arena, in the first New York sanctioned UFC competition.
A duel of champions in their respective weights, they met to settle who would take the lightweight belt home. With a win, McGregor would be the first UFC fighter to ever have two simultaneous UFC championship titles.
"Here we go !"
Round one saw McGregor completely dominate with a few good left hands that brought Alvarez to the canvas but, luckily for him, he managed to survive them.
Round two was just as bad for Alvarez as McGregor mocked him by putting his hand behind his back. Alvarez managed to stay in the fight through clinching, but once McGregor got out of it, he controlled the rest of the round and before the end of it, he had knocked Alvarez down again with another solid left hand blow. That gave McGregor exactly what he wanted -- a second simultaneous UFC belt.
McGregor also had the privilege of having both belts on stage at the same time, which wasn't a given due to Dana White's reluctance in doing so. It's hard for anyone who saw the fight to argue that he didn't deserve it; he was a true showman at work.