It's always been McGregor's plan to hold both belts, just like he did for Cage Warriors before signing with the UFC three years ago. He got sidetracked a bit with his two Welterweight non-title fights against Nate Diaz, splitting the pair, but that experience should have McGregor (20-3 lifetime, 8-1 UFC) better prepared to face Alvarez (28-4 lifetime, 3-1 UFC) at 155 pounds.
Alvarez has been down this road, too; he was the BodogFIGHT Welterweight champion before moving down in weight class and winning the inaugural Bellator Lightweight title in 2009. However, Alvarez and McGregor are both 5-foot-9, and the challenger has a five-inch reach advantage. It'll be up to Alvarez to avoid those punches and put McGregor on the ground, where the champion should have a considerable advantage – provided he can take the Irishman to the mat.
MMA Odds: McGregor-Alvarez Headlines UFC 205UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor wants to add the Lightweight belt to his wardrobe. He'll get his chance this Saturday at UFC 205 when he takes on the champion, Eddie Alvarez, in the promotion's debut card at Madison Square Garden.
McGregor (20-3 lifetime, 8-1 UFC) may be the challenger, but he's the –150 favorite at press time. He's also the larger man in this fight, standing the same 5-foot-9 as Alvarez (28-4 lifetime, 3-1 UFC) with a five-inch reach advantage. McGregor's last two fights were at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz; the Irishman lost the first and won the second.