UFC 205: McGregor makes history, finishes Alvarez to become UFC’s first two-division champ

All hail Conor McGregor.

McGregor (21-3-0) made history as the UFC’s first two-division dual champ as he finished Eddie Alvarez  (28-5-0) in convincing fashion at New York’s UFC 205.

McGregor made it look easy as he knocked down Alvarez three times in the first round alone. Alvarez simply had no answers for the precision strikes of McGregor.

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Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Yoel Romero and McGregor earned Performances-of-the-Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus except for McGregor, who earned a $100,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts.

UFC 205

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS

#9 LIZ CARMOUCHE VS #14 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN 

UFC 205

WINNER: LIZ CARMOUCHE VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Carmouche’s footwork had her cursing for the first two rounds, but then got caught late with a nice headkick that almost stole the bout for Katlyn. In the end, good win for Liz and good effort from Katlyn.

JIM MILLER VS THIAGO ALVES

UFC 205

WINNER: JIM MILLER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIM MILLER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Miller used timely takedowns and great ground control to neutralize the power of Alves. Smart gameplan and good execution by Jimmy.

TSN 5 PRELIMS

VICENTE LUQUE VS BELAL MUHAMMAD 

UFC 205

WINNER: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA TKO R1 1:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Luque went out there and did a great job, countering a Muhammad strike with a nice counter left hook. Excellent job on short notice.

#14 RAFAEL NATAL VS TIM BOETSCH 

UFC 205

WINNER: TIM BOETSCH VIA TKO R1 3:22

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM BOETSCH VIA TKO

Andrews: Boetsch hurt Natal from the first punch, which made Natal backpedal. But it was only a matter of time before the pressure of Boetsch caught him with another right hand for the finish. Great win for The Barbarian. He is now off the bubble.

#2 KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VS #6 MICHAEL JOHNSON

UFC 205

WINNER: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA SUBMISSION R3 2:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Johnson almost pulled off a massive upset, hurting The Eagle in the first but the Eagle quickly settled into another dominating ground performance. Great efforts by both fighters, but Khabib just too much.

#2 FRANKIE EDGAR VS #7 JEREMY STEPHENS

UFC 205

WINNER: FRANKIE EDGAR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANKIE EDGAR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Edgar used his footwork to make  tire out Stephens, survived an amazing switch-kick and then used takedowns to control the fight. A typical Frankie win. Hard luck to Stephens, but the chin of Edgar win again.

MAIN CARD 

#1 MIESHA TATE VS #8 RAQUEL PENNINGTON

UFC 205

WINNER: RAQUEL PENNINGTON VIA UANANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIESHA TATE VIA SPLIT-DECISION

Andrews: Pennington surprisingly outworked, outgrappled, and outclinched Tate in the second and third rounds. This and the result was the writing for Miesha to announce her retirement after the bout. One of the greatest of all-time.

#2 CHRIS WEIDMAN VS #4 YOEL ROMERO

UFC 205

WINNER: YOEL ROMERO VIA TKO R3 0:24

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS WEIDMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Weidman was in control and then bang, out of nowhere, Romero finishes the fight with a flying knee. This guy is unbelievably clutch.

JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VS #2 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ

UFC 205

WINNER: JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: The strikes of Joanna were too much for Karolina to find openings for. But Karolina she showed her toughness, walking through strikes and even getting JJ in trouble in the fourth round. Great performances by both fighters.

TYRON WOODLEY VS #2 STEPHEN THOMPSON

UFC 205

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (47-47, 48-48, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TYRON WOODLEY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Awesome fight. Woodley badly hurt Thompson in rounds 1 and 4 but Wonderboy controlled the other rounds. Let them do it again.

EDDIE ALVAREZ VS CONOR MCGREGOR

UFC 205

WINNER: CONOR MCGREGOR VIA TKO R2 3:04

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDDIE ALVAREZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: That was ridiculous. McGregor knocked Alvarez down 3 times in the first round and 2-3 times in the second round. He completely outclassed Alvarez, made it look too easy and even Anderson Silva clowned him. Truly a great performance for The Notorious One.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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