STAMINA STRENGTH: UFC lightweight title: Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor live round-by-round coverage

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

UFC lightweight title: Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor live round-by-round coverage

Conor McGregor reacts knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the second round of the lightweight title fight at UFC 205. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)
Conor McGregor reacts knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the second round of the lightweight title fight at UFC 205. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Eddie Alvarez has traveled the world fighting, engaging in many thrilling classics for various organizations before arriving in the UFC. He wasn't impressive early in the UFC but knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos to capture the UFC lightweight title. Now Alvarez gets the biggest fight of his career, a huge money showdown against the Irish superstar Conor McGregor. The UFC featherweight champion McGregor seeks to become the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold titles in different divisions. Alvarez and McGregor have engaged in a war of words in advance of this showdown, with Alvarez downplaying McGregor's ability.
Round 1. Alvarez opens with a leg kick. McGregor drops Alvarez with a hook. He looks to finish but Alvarez recovers really quickly and gets back to his feet. Alvarez charges in and gets dropped to a knee again, although that looked like more of a slip. McGregor drops Alvarez with another punch and goes to the ground to pursue Alvarez. He ends up in North-South position. Alvarez gets up and eats another hard punch. Alvarez lands a nice straight right hand. McGregor blocks a takedown attempt. 10-8 McGregor.
Round 2. McGregor catches Alvarez with a stiff 2 punch combination. Alvarez goes for a takedown but it is blocked. McGregor puts his hands behind his back to mock Alvarez. Alvarez moves in with a nice right hand and another moments later but McGregor counters with a harder punch that sends Alvarez off balance. Alvarez looks for a takedown up against the cage. McGregor hurts Alvarez with another punishing combination. Alvarez goes down, McGregor lands more shots on the ground and the referee mercifully calls it off.
Winner: Conor McGregor, TKO, round 2.
Conor McGregor's storybook career continues. After talking an almost unprecedented amount of trash about what he would accomplish, he has backed it up pretty much every step of the way. Alvarez disrespected him and denied his ability and McGregor humbled and humiliated Alvarez in a one sided beatdown.
With McGregor now holding gold in two weight classes, it's fascinating where things go from here. Jose Aldo stands out as the top featherweight contender. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are the top contenders at lightweight. Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley linger as well. McGregor has no shortage of future challenges but it's hard for anyone to deny him his due at this point.


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