The UFC is set to make history next Saturday as it holds its first event in the company’s history at Madison Square Garden, and the first in New York since a ban was placed on all mixed martial arts in the state nearly a decade ago.
The main event could also see further history made, as Irishman Conor McGregor attempts to become the first fighter in the company’s history to hold two belts at the same time when he takes on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, a feat he achieved at his prior organisation, Cage Warriors.
McGregor, the current featherweight champion, is renowned as much for his verbal abilities as his fighting skills. The 28-year-old has gathered as much of his media attention for his insults to his opponents outside the octagon as he has for his assaults on his opponents inside.
Referring to previous opponents such as Dennis Siver as a "midget German steroid head" and Nate Diaz as "cholo gangster from the hood", some of McGregor’s trash talk has gotten under the skin of his fellow fighters, and now UFC 205 opponent Alvarez has claimed that he will shut McGregor’s mouth within two rounds.
"As far as shutting his (McGregor’s) mouth and giving him some humility, it will be an honour," the American said, via the Daily Mail.
UFC 205 has already broken the gate record for Madison Square Garden and Alvarez has given McGregor, who already holds the UFC pay-per-view record, credit for the magnitude of the fight.
"I think he did a good job getting this fight, selling the fight and promoting it. This will break every record in UFC history bar attendance. And the only reason it won’t break attendance is because Madison Square Garden is a smaller arena."
McGregor is a strong fan favourite and was even cheered over Alvarez at the first UFC 205 pre-fight press conference, despite the fact that Alvarez trains in New York.
"A lot of people will show up to cheer for him but a lot of people are also going to show up and enjoy watching him be defeated," Alvarez stated.
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