McGregor and Alvarez will appear at a post-fight press conference live shortly.
Kavanagh and McGregor share an image after McGregor’s win over Alvarez.
Ireland, we did it!
Directly after being declared the winner McGregor asks about his belts.
Where the f-ck is my second belt? I’ve already got this one. Where’s the second one at? Cheap motherf-ckers. $4.2 billion this company was sold for. Where’s that second belt. Go backstage and grab that f-cking belt somewhere.
He then talks to Rogan about his win over Alvarez.
They’re not on my level. You’ve got to have size, reach, length. If you come in any way equal to me I’m going to rip your whole head off. Eddie’s a warrior, but he shouldn’t have been in here with me and that’s just the truth of it.
McGregor beats Alvarez to become lightweight champion, and take two belts. After three knockdowns in the first round, Alvarez is beaten in the second by KO at 3:04.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) November 13, 2016
UFC 205 sets a gate record of over $17million (£13.5m). The previous record was set by Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in 1999. White:
I wanted to make sure when we went to New York, we delivered. It’s the biggest, baddest card we’ve ever done in the history of the company.
McGregor will earn around $20 million from his fight with Alvarez. $5m comes from his fight fee plus sponsorship money, mainly from Reebok, then a share of the PPV revenue, which looks set to top the number of buys for his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202
McGregor says he is skeptical about Nurmagomedov.
Look he’s fought once in eight years. Y’know what I’m saying? He ain’t fightin’ too frequent for my liking. For me to commit to something like that I need solid proof that people are going to show up, and he’s a consistent pull-out merchant. We’ll see where that goes. He had a good performance tonight, fair play to him. But I need to see active. I need to see activity, I need to see me. If you want me to change your life, if you want me to come and pick you, you’d better have some damn [good] reasons for me to do that.
This is what Conor McGregor said about Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UFC 205 post fight press conference….pic.twitter.com/E7U0u2Y55C
— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) March 3, 2017
After his win against Johnson in the UFC 205 prelims, Nurmagomedov says he wants to fight McGregor.
I want to fight your chicken Let’s go with your chicken. I want to stay humble. But I have to talk because the other guys talk too much and … I understand the crazy power the UFC PR machine has. [McGregor], at the beginning of the year he tapped like a chicken but at the end of the year he is fighting for the title. Crazy.
UFC releases the sixth episode of its Embedded series. Alvarez and McGregor continue their war of words after the post-fight press conference. Jedrzejczyk cuts weight and shoots rubber bands at teammate Lawler. All the fighters in the event’s title bouts make weight at the official weigh-in Friday morning, even as McGregor and Alvarez continue to trade barbs. Later that day, as fans pack Madison Square Garden to see the fighters face off on stage. McGregor:
CMG: All you’ve go to do is look at his face. That boy is ugly. He will be unrecognisable by the end of the contest. Just look at Nate Diaz.
EA: I could care less about the way I look after a fight. I will win and the fight won’t end until I win.
CMG: It’s all over Edward.
EA: I took on the best guys in the world. One by one by one. I’ve been top in the world for years. Years. This guy’s just coming on this sport.
CMG: Come on Eddie, you’ve been over in Japan, or some shit. You’ve been fighting bums all your life. You’ve never been on this stage. You’ve never been against a guy like me. You’re an absolute bum. Look at your face! You’re the most beat up guy there is.
McGregor releases The MacMoji emoji collection (www.macmojiapp.com), including emojis of the fighter knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds, hurling cans of Monster at Diaz, red pany night, and posing with the tricolour and piles of cash. The collection also includes The Notorious’ favourite slogans: “Get in, get rich, get out”, “the mac life” and “If you ain’t Mackin, you ain’t stackin.” The software costs £1.99 on Apple’s App Store,
The Mac Life releases a video of McGregor and Nurmagomedov facing off after the UFC 205 weigh-in. Nurmagomedov:
F-ck this guy. F-ck this motherf-cker.
McGregor and Alvarez appear at the UFC 205 Ceremonial weigh-in. Alvarez (to boos from the audience):
I’m here to represent the beast coast, the East Coast, I’m gonna silence all of you.
This is just another day for me. I do this every week. Raise double gold. Ireland stand up, we’re about to do it again.
McGregor and Woodley get into a Twitter spat where McGregor calls Woodley a bitch multiple times.
@TheNotoriousMMA Dude Im not them guys u deal w Homie! I'll forget the fight ? & go Ferguson! Focus on Eddie & never call me a Bitch again.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) November 11, 2016
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 11, 2016
McGregor makes his weight at the official UFC 205 weigh in. When he steps up to the podium the lights in the room go out. His recorded weight is 154.4 pounds.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 11, 2016
UFC releases Episode 5 of UFC 205 Embedded. Woodley visits the New York Giants at work, meeting Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. among others. Alvarez suits up for the UFC 205 press conference at Madison Square Garden, where McGregor arrives late. The video shows more detail of the ‘chair incident’. The action moves to backstage where Jedrzejczyk lambasts opponent Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who responds with a finger. Alvarez:
Take that stupid ass coat off.
McGregor is caught on a hot mic between interviews berating Canadian sports channel TNS’ Michael Landsberg, who had previously suggested the press conference chair fight was staged. However, the feed was now with New Zealand channel PrimeTV’s Andrew Mulligan, who reacted in confusion as he listened to Conor’s disses, thinking McGregor was talking about him.
He’s a f-ckin’ donkey! He’s an idiot! Some sort of shite about scripted, or something he sad. He’s a big mad head on him. He’s a dope. He’s a mad mush head or something. He looks like a burns victim or something.
The clip ends with the New Zealand anchors calling McGregor a “dick” and a “complete nutter”.
Alvarez and McGregor appear on ESPN Sportscenter to talk about UFC 205. On the mink coat, Alvarez:
I seen the tags hanging from it. You rented it.
It cost more than your show money…I’m just cosy here listening to this (sic) dribble…look at your face, you’re a bum Eddie.
McGregor and Alvarez will appear at the UFC 205 official weigh-in at 6pm/3pm ETPT (11pm UK time) live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
McGregor tweets a picture of himself in his white mink coat.
I’m a f-cking pimp, rocking all white Gucci mink, and without me, this whole f-cking ship sink
I'm a fucking pimp, rocking all white Gucci mink, and without me, this whole fucking ship sink pic.twitter.com/XV94e40RSL
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 11, 2016
Alvarez and McGregor are interviewed by Whitlock. On McGregor being late to the conference:
This is a business. It’s important to be on time. It’s the same thing on the night of the fight. What if he goes in the cage and I sit in the back? If I sit in the back, he has no opponent. There’s no reason for him to be inside that cage.
I’ll chill in there. Sweet. I’ll enjoy the crowd.
Alvarez is interviewed by UFC Tonight.
We’re about to do something special in about three days…this is just another day for me, and another opponent…I see a scrawny, skinny Irishman who’s about to get a beatdown…Most of Conor’s talk is self talk. It’s him trying to convince himself that he can do those things.
Eddie Alvarez: Conor McGregor is a scrawny Irishman who's about to get a beat down, pic.twitter.com/m7Fht7KVPW
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) November 10, 2016
McGregor and Alvarez face off at the UFC pre-fight press conference.
McGregor talks about his white fur jacket.
I’m a pimp!…[This is] Gucci mink. This is what confidence looks like. This is what big Irish balls look like.
On his legacy:
I’ll be immortalised after this one.
After Alvarez asks for an apology;
Suck these big Irish balls!
He’s damaged goods.
After Alvarez leaves McGregor comes to the stage in a white fur coat. He takes Alvarez’s belt. Alvarez emerges and takes it back and throws a chair at McGregor. McGregor tries to throw a chair at him, and gets restrained by White.
Here's the segment in full where Conor McGregor was very close to throwing a steel chair at Eddie Alvarez had it not been for Dana White. pic.twitter.com/ip5GbHTw5B
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 10, 2016
Alvarez walks out of UFC 205 press conference after McGregor doesn’t show.
I’m disappointed in the country of Ireland right now that this is your representative….I don’t even have an opponent. Yo, when he comes, you give me a call.
McGregor and Alvarez will appear at the UFC pre-fight press conference live from Madison Square Garden at 3pm/12pm ETPT (8pm UK time).
McGregor and Alvarez appear in UFC Embedded – Episode 4. After appearances from strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Alvarez talks up his bout at an ESPN ‘media car wash’:
I’m trying to make myself tired. I can’t.
After a section about Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and his opponent Tyron Woodley, McGregor poses with the belts:
It’s my first event at Madison Square Garden, and my chance at capturing the second world title.
Alvarez, Woodley, McGregor, strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz and lightweight contender Donald Cerrone all try on some custom Reebok gear. Then Alvarez and McGregor appear at the open workouts.
McGregor talks with Olivi as part of UFC’s The Exchange interview series. He talks about winning his first ESPY, what it’s like being in New York and Eddie Alvarez, the Mac Life F.A.S.T. system, Drake, and his ‘Mystic Mac’ prediction:
Parts of me kind of hopes he can last, ‘cos I’m sprinting in round five. I’m literally balls to the wall in round five, and there’s fresh bodies coming in. I’m still pushing harder than anyone in the fifth and final round. Part of me want to show that to the fans, to everyone. I just don’t think he has that in him. He’s too easily hit. You can smack him from anywhere. I have everything on him, reach height, everything. I don’t see him getting out of the round. If he does I’ll take my hat off to him.
Despite McGregor saying “f-ck Mark Henry” at the UFC 205 press conference in September, Alvarez’s coach compliments the Irishman’s abilities.
Nobodies a fool, Conor’s amazing. In my opinion, he’s got some of the best hands. Take away my guys, maybe the best hands I’ve seen in MMA, and you know, I’m going to be partial to my guys. But he has some of the best hands I’ve ever seen. His preciseness, his power, his speed, knowing where the guy’s going to be, he can adjust his punches. He can slide back, he does those slip lefts, he’s got the beautiful right uppercut, slide off uppercuts to the left. Even his wrestling, I’ve seen him do some great defence against [Dennis] Siver, when he peeled out with his legs. I think Conor’s great all around man, he’s impressive. It’s going to be a great fight.
The Mac Life releases a video of McGregor being mobbed by fans, posing outside and inside his Rolls Royce as he makes his way to UFC 205 media day. Then McGregor engages in interviews and photoshoots.
McGregor comes second in the the UFC punch test, beating Alvarez, and hitting harder than Welterweight challenger Stephen Thompson. Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley was the hardest hitter.
In the latest episode of UFC Embedded, McGregor talks to fans, including a policewoman, checks out his luxury ride and takes it on a high-end shopping trip Thompson packs for his trip as opponent Woodley gets out the vote, and Alvarez heads to Connecticut for a day of media at ESPN.
McGregor makes a basketball shot at UFC 205 open workout.
I’ve had a crazy year. I wouldn’t miss this event. I built this event. On Saturday night I become immortal. I’m ready to stop my opponent in devastating fashion. Asked about his preparation for the fight, he was buoyant that he is in as good shape as ever. How do I look? I’m feeling better than I look.
McGregor attends an open workout at Madison Square Garden.
McGregor talks about Trump.
McGregor and Alvarez appear in UFC 205 Embedded part 2.
McGregor is interviewed by BT Sport. He talks about his mental attitude.
It’s a very exciting time. It motivates me. I’m in phenomenal shape, and I’m looking forward to it…They are all way, way down. I look at theses fights and realise why the game has never broke into that next level before — because nobody’s at that next level. I’m the only one at that next level. So I look forward to going out and showing that these people don’t stand a chance
He’s tough. He’s been around the block. He’s fought many times. He gets hurt badly and soldiers on. You can do nothing but respect that. But it will not be enough in there. He’s too easily hit and I’m the hit man.
On election day:
I could not give a bollocks. The whole thing is just weird to me. The public are just brainwashed. I don’t think either of those two contenders have any power.
The Mac Life releases a video of McGregor walking in New York, checking out a Tom Ford store, while debating whether to add to his watch collection. Then McGregor trains before signing a young fan’s photo.
McGregor talks about the featherweight division.
Obviously, it’s tougher to get to featherweight, but I think it’s crazy the way they say I can’t get to featherweight no more or all these crazy things. Like I ain’t the undisputed champion. Like I haven’t gone in there and taken out the whole division as early as last year. December of last year that was. Not even a year ago. Then they’re talking about stripping and vacating and all this stuff, it’s like hold on a minute — what did I just go and do there? Didn’t I just take out that division? Am I not champion?
McGregor and Devlin walk around New York with his entourage. They visit Cartier jewellers on 5th Avenue and stop to sign autographs for fans. They also stop by a pizzeria but McGregor leaves with only a gallon of water.
Wherever I choose to go, I’m prepared to go there. I feel great at this weight. I mean I’m a lot leaner, I’m still eating a hell of a lot of food.
Rolls Royce gives McGregor a custom Ghost valued at £280,000.
When Kavanagh is asked about Alvarez employing similar tactics against McGregor as he did when he defeated Anthony Pettis, he says:
That would seem to be the smart money. The Pettis fight was a nice one for us to study, you know, he’s kind of a slick southpaw. The glaring difference would be that Pettis wouldn’t be known for fighting with his hands on the inside. Beautiful kicks. Eddie just smothered that. That’s not to say that Eddie doesn’t enjoy a brawl. He seems to. Anything I’ve heard from him, he seems to be very up for that. They’ve been studying Conor’s style of boxing. I’m looking at them doing a lot of pads and maybe they feel they do see a glaring hole there. Eddie does feel like he can expose him. I mean he’s coming off of a knockout victory of a tough guy [Rafael dos Anjos], so maybe they see that as their route to victory.
He disagrees with McGregor’s prediction that the Irishman will win in the first round:
I’ll go with 2nd round. I’m going to be conservative. I do think Round 1 will be quite a lot on the fence. But, it’s an exhausting style, especially the way Conor can defend himself on the fence, he doesn’t rely on muscle he relies on posture, which is not tiring. It just takes one break. Round 2 they start. The shot won’t be quite as fast. The muscles won’t be quite as energetic and he’s a slippery customer to try and hold for that length of time. So I think around about the eight-minute mark. That’s when it’ll happen.
UFC releases UFC 205: Fighting For History, featuring McGregor and Alvarez. McGregor:
I fight every week. I’m the most active fighter in all weight divisions. Of course I can take the two belts, I can defend them simultaneously.
You’re not going to see driving around in fancy cars, buying jewelry and fancy shit like that. That’s not what I’m here for. I hope I beat down this guy and go home.