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Is there anyone that can stop Conor McGregor?

  • Is there anyone that can stop Conor McGregor?

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images )

In short, no. 

Yesterday the world saw Conor McGregor do the unthinkable and destroy Eddie Alvarez in two rounds, becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC world titles in different divisions. 

UFC's first ever main event in Madison Square Garden, New York, was nothing short of amazing. A fully stacked card with an unprecedented 3 title fights provided us with some amazing highlight reel finishes and some incredibly closely contested fights. And what better way to finish an incredible card with a never before seen title victory.

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The legendary Randy Couture couldn't do it, "The Prodigy" BJ Penn couldn't do it. Despite these legends winning titles in different weight divisions, it was never simultaneously done. 

The Notorious one has made his name with his infamous mouth, his confidence (or arrogance) and his multitude of knockout victories. His opponent for UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez, found that out the hard way, becoming the latest victim to suffer a stunning TKO at the hands of McGregor.

It wasn't just the loss, but the manner in which McGregor held himself throughout the whole fight was entertaining as well as effective. In the first round McGregor floored Alvarez with one punch, and that was his stamp of authority on the fight. For the rest of round one, the world held their collective breath hoping he would finish it then and there, but there was more punishment in store for Alvarez. 

Round two saw much of the same, McGregor toying with Alvarez, going so far as to stand perfectly still with both hands behind his back and inviting Alvarez to try and hit him. It wasn't long before McGregor finished Alvarez with an impressive yet deadly flurry of punches before he even hit the floor. 

Conor McGregor is the first UFC dual champion, and he is on top of the world. He's defied his critics, proved his haters wrong, and ultimately cemented himself as one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts.
As he said, they're going to need an army to take those belts away from him.

Despite UFC president Dana White saying that McGregor will have to forfeit one title, Conor now has the world of options at his feet. He could stay at lightweight and take on new challenges, or he could return to featherweight, where a rematch with rival Jose Aldo awaits. 

Personally I'd love to see McGregor stay at lightweight. As he's said before, he killed the featherweight division and it's dead in the water.

Okay, maybe not dead in the water. But there are no challenges currently there, other than the rematch. I would be extremely keen to see him take on a new bunch of fighters with different skill sets and approaches to the fight game. 

The biggest threat posed to his newly found title would easily be the undefeated Nurmagomedov. His ground and pound combined with his grappling skills make for a lethal ground game. The number 2 ranked lightweight dominated and submitted the highly rated Michael Johnson at UFC 205, and is showing a strong return to the sport since his long injury lay off.

However, dual weight class contender Donald Cerrone possesses the height advantage over McGregor, should he choose to come down from his current stay among the welterweights. While they have a similar reach, McGregor would need to get dangerously close to try and land his trademark left hand against the 6 foot tall Cerrone. "Cowboy" Cerrone has the ability to finish the fight standing or via submission, and his variety of leg kicks would be unlike any other that McGregor has had to deal with. 

Finally, we can't forget about the current top contender in the division. Tony Ferguson recently defeated the former champ Rafael dos Anjos in a highly competitive scrap and is not to be taken lightly. The All-American wrestler is currently riding a 9 fight win streak that stretches back to 2013 and will challenge anyone for a title shot.

I think a dual between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov would be ideal to determine the next contender to McGregor's title, but it could literally be anybody. I wouldn't be surprised if the UFC makes the trilogy fight a reality and hands Nate Diaz a title shot. Hell, McGregor could turn around and say he's taking on all comers, or do a complete backflip and return to featherweight. It's just too early to call.

There's no arguing that Conor McGregor is a freight train of success for the UFC. In capturing the lightweight title he has solidified his place in MMA history and will definitely go down as an all time great, inside and outside the octagon. He'll have to change his name soon to The Unstoppable Conor McGregor.

It's a feat that won't be repeated, at the very least not in this lifetime. Let's enjoy it with him. The Notorious one is the undisputed king of two divisions. 

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