Conor McGregor’s reputation grows with every remarkable performance. On Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 205, McGregor manhandled Eddie Alvarez and took his UFC lightweight title via second-round TKO.
The win made McGregor the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously (he came in as the featherweight champion). It goes without saying, he’s one of the three biggest winners of the night.
Who are the other two, and which three fighters were the biggest losers? Take a look at the results and the biggest winners and losers:
|Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian||Women’s Bantamweight||Carmouche by split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)|
|Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves||Catchweight 162.6 pounds||Miller by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)|
|Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad||Weltwerweight||Luque by first-round KO (punches)|
|Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch||Middleweight||Boetsch by first-round KO (punches)|
|Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson||Lightweight||Nurmagomedov by third-round submission (kimura)|
|Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens||Featherweight||Edgar by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)|
|Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington||Women’s Bantamweight||Pennington by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)|
|Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero – POTN
||Middleweight||Romero by third-round KO (flying knee and punches)|
|(c) Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Women’s Strawweight Championship||Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision(49-46×3)|
|(c) Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – FOTN
||Welterweight Championship||Majority Draw (47-47×2, 48-47 for Woodley)|
|(c) Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor- POTN
||Lightweight Championship||McGregor by second-round TKO|
With one devastating flying knee to the head of Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero has secured his shot at UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Romero’s big win couldn’t have come in more spectacular fashion, and it came against a former world champion in Weidman. The fight was close going into the third round and Romero’s corner told him he needed a stoppage.
That’s exactly what he delivered.
The vicious stoppage prompted Bisping, who was in attendance, to taunt him from the Fox Analyst’s perch. The men traded insults and obscene gestures.
Suddenly, there’s some decent hype underway for this title bout.
The word legend might be too weak to describe where McGregor sits among current fighters. His dominant performance on the grandest stage the sport has ever provided makes him easily the biggest winner of the evening.
To a degree, McGregor is subject to the UFC’s rules and matchmaking, but you’ve got to believe he can call more shots than anyone else on the roster–Ronda Rousey included.
He’s living the dream right now.
Weidman had a decent chance to beat Romero before he got caught with the flying knee from hell. That makes two straight brutal losses for the former middleweight champion.
He still has to be considered one of the top fighters in the division, but one has to wonder what a loss like this does to his psyche or his head after taking such a hard shot. Who does he face in his next fight?
There’s a lot of questions for The All-American to answer.
Not only did Thiago Alves miss weight, he also lost a unanimous decision to Jim Miller. Alves has had several issues making weight in his career, and this mishap seemed even more egregious given the magnitude of the event.
Miller had to gain weight just to keep the fight on the card, and Alves still couldn’t come up with the win. That’s a bad look all around.
There’s no shame in losing to McGregor, but Alvarez was made to look as if he had no business in the Octagon with him. McGregor taunted and toyed with him before taking him out.
Jose Aldo’s 13-second defeat to McGregor could be excused or dismissed as a fluke, but the way Alvarez’s was dominated clearly proved the Irishman was better.
Alvarez was fighting less than 200 miles away from his hometown and yet the New York crowd booed him in favor of a man from Ireland.
In this Alvarez’s first title defense, there couldn’t have been a more painful way to lose.
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