It looks like Conor McGregor will not get his chance to become the first UFC fighter to hold two consecutive UFC titles after all — yet.
Many websites were reporting that the UFC were looking to book Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title in New York however, UFC president Dana White took to twitter to answer a fan stating that Khabib Nurmagomedov would be next in line to face Alvarez for the lightweight title.
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 21, 2016
UFC 205 will be held on November 12, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
This event will be the first UFC event hosted in New York City. It will also be the first UFC event hosted in the State of New York after the longtime professional MMA ban was revoked in early 2016.
McGregor was expected to face Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 196 in an attempt to become the first UFC dual-weight champion. However, dos Anjos withdrew from the fight after breaking his foot. McGregor went on to face Nate Diaz at 170lbs and lost via second-round submission. McGregor would earn his revenge however, earning a majority decision win over Diaz last time out at UFC 202.
Alvarez faced Rafael dos Anjos on July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90 for the UFC lightweight title. 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 to earn his first UFC title.
Nurmagomedov is currently undefeated in his MMA career going 7-0 in the UFC. In his last bout, Nurmagomedov was supposed to face Tony Ferguson at UFC on Fox 19. However, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue. Nurmagomedov would then face promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lbs and won the fight by TKO in the second round.