Conor McGregor Wants Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205
Although it’s nearly been one year since Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo to win the UFC featherweight title, McGregor hasn’t exactly defended the title. And, despite indications from UFC President Dana White that McGregor would have to return to the featherweight division for his next fight, it seems the featherweight title is still being put on the back burner.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting is reporting that McGregor has already recovered from his foot injury following his fight at UFC 202 against Nate Diaz. The champ is back in training, but for a potential light heavyweight fight rather than a featherweight showdown with Aldo. More below:
The report stated that McGregor was nursing a leg injury, however, sources say McGregor is healthy and already training. The only fight that interests the featherweight champion at this time, though, is a fight against Alvarez for the 155-pound title. Alvarez also wants to fight McGregor at UFC 205, but he hasn’t been offered the fight.
Instead, Alvarez has been offered a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov for later this year, but it is unclear whether that fight will come to fruition at this time.”
The pay-per-view in Madison Square Garden could definitely use a main event of the caliber of McGregor/Alvarez. But I feel if it’s signed, UFC almost has to strip McGregor of the featherweight title. He’s essentially holding the division hostage to go pursue other titles, just so he can finally be a double champion. And it’s kind of unfair to the rest of his division to have a stranglehold on that belt. But McGregor is one of UFC’s biggest earners, so I would imagine he gets a bit more leeway. I guess we’ll find out soon enough, since top level fights are going to have to be announced for the show soon, considering UFC 205 is on November 12, a date that is fast approaching.
What do you think? Should McGregor defend his title or challenge for Alvarez’s? Sound off in the comments!
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