It appears UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) was satisfied with the level of begging he received in order to perform at UFC 205.
Late Monday night, UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s SportsCenter that McGregor will challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his belt when the UFC makes its highly anticipated debut inside New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 12.
White added that McGregor will be allowed to keep his featherweight belt if he beats Alvarez, which would make him the UFC’s first two-way title holder. White didn’t say what’s in store for interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
After McGregor avenged March’s shocking upset loss to Nate Diaz last month in a welterweight affair at UFC 202, White said McGregor would be headed back to the featherweight to make his first title defense since taking the throne in December 2015.
Alvarez has rattled off three straight wins after dropping his UFC debut. The former Bellator champ TKO’d Rafael dos Anjos in July to capture the UFC crown. The 32-year-old has been campaigning for a crack at McGregor ever since, knowing that scoring a showdown with the UFC’s cash cow will secure him the biggest paycheck of his life.
Last week, White said Alvarez would make his first title defense against undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Alvarez continued to call for McGregor. McGregor subsequently issued a tweet simply stating “beg me.” It’s unknown who he directed the post to, but it clearly worked.
McGregor is the UFC’s pay-per-view king. “Notorious” reportedly owns three of the top four UFC pay-per-view records with UFC 194, UFC 196 and most recently UFC 202, which reportedly surpassed UFC 100 for the top spot.
Now the chatty Irishman will be front and center in the world’s largest media market.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Gian Villante
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Karolina Kowalkiewicz Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC strawweight champion)
Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley (UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez (UFC lightweight champion)