The last couple of weeks in the MMA world have been confusing, to say the least.
UFC 205, which will host the promotion’s long awaited debut in New York, was expected to feature a lightweight championship showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor in the main event. After several conflicting reports, however, it’s now looking like Alvarez will defend the 155-pound title against Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.
Upon KO’ing Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90, newly-crowned champion Alvarez campaigned for a big money fight against ‘The Notorious’. No. 1 contender Nurmagomedov, however, posted photos of two signed contracts to face Alvarez and UFC Tonight reported that McGregor is injured. However, sources close to the Irishman say he’s in good health and willing to challenge Alvarez at UFC 205.
According to the latest report from Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White says McGregor’s foot is hurt and wants him to rematch Jose Aldo at featherweight.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
McGregor was seen limping from the cage after beating Nate Diaz via majority decision at UFC 202, but was recorded training on crutches shortly after the event. SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh assured fans that the 145-pound champion would be fully recovered in just one week.
The former two-division Cage Warriors champion dethroned ‘Scarface’ at UFC 194 and immediately pursued the lightweight title. In McGregor’s absence, Aldo claimed the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 and would like nothing more than to reclaim his No. 1 spot.
An official UFC 205 press conference will take place Tuesday and is set to reveal the full lineup. Bloody Elbow will provide full updates from the conference and report the latest news.
The pay-per-view is set to take place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York City, New York.