It looks like the UFC lightweight title will be defended in New York.
That is if the UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor gets his way. Talk MMA on twitter is reporting that the key negotiation for this bout or the McGregor ranks is that he gets to keep his featherweight title in the hope of becoming the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion.
Per my source: The biggest negotiation point for McGregor/Alvarez is McGregor wanting to hold onto his FW title. Defend it early next year.
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) September 7, 2016
McGregor, who won the won the UFC featherweight title by knocking out former champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds last December has yet to defend his title. Following his first UFC title win, McGregor jumped straight to lightweight to challenge for former champion Rafael Dos Anjos’ crown. However, when dos Anjos pulled out of the bout with injury, McGregor faced Nate Diaz at 170 lbs on a weeks notice. McGregor would go on to lose the first contest at UFC 196, however, would gain his revenge at UFC 202 by earning a majority decision over Diaz.
In his fourth UFC fight, Alvarez faced Rafael dos Anjos on July 7 at UFC Fight Night 90 for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Despite being a three-to-one underdog going into the fight, Alvarez found his range early and rocked dos Anjos with a right hand just past the halfway point of the first round. He then swarmed dos Anjos and landed a barrage of unanswered punches before the fight was stopped via TKO. The win also earned Alvarez his first Performance of the Night bonus award.