The decision to have Eddie Alvarez defend his lightweight championship against Conor McGregor at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden has caused quite an uproar.
Although the excitement surrounding that fight is still there, there’s been a lot of negativity clouding the event with many believing that’s not what the main event should be.
The announcement did come as a surprise to most, first because UFC president Dana White claimed McGregor wouldn’t even be able to compete at the event, let alone challenge the champion.
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We also heard from him that Khabib Nurmagomedov would be the first man to challenge Alvarez. However, that didn’t come to fruition either as he’ll now aim for a 24th straight win against Michael Johnson.
Jose Aldo was also rumoured to be getting his rematch with the Irishman, and now he’s ready to take the organisation to court in order to be released, so it’s had quite an impact on many fighters.
Most of the confusion stems from White’s comments after he claimed McGregor wouldn’t be able to fight because of an injury, before making the blockbuster announcement only a few days later.
He told ESPN’s SportsCenter that Notorious convinced him that he was fit enough to fight, and it’s why they had to scrap the Alvarez/Nurmagomedov plans as it now allows McGregor the chance to become the first man to hold two titles in the UFC.
He said: “After the Nate Diaz fight, he injured his foot.
“The doctor said there’s no real damage there, it’s an old injury, but you need to stay off your foot for a few weeks.
“Conor and I were going back and forth about the foot. I said, ‘Listen, you’re not a doctor.’ He told me, ‘I know my body better than you do.’ I’ll give him that one. He wants to fight. It’s the reason we all love Conor McGregor.”
The decision making can be questioned, especially when there’s already a deserving contender being taken out of his rightful spot to hand McGregor this incredible opportunity.
The UFC would have obviously wanted McGregor or Ronda Rousey as part of the event; it’s the first in New York City, and it’s a historic occasion, so one of their biggest draws had to be involved to make the night memorable.
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