In a report on ESPN.com, the UFC has set their main event for the company’s debut at Madison Square Garden on November 12. Current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor (20-3) will challenge Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (28-4) for his championship on that night. McGregor is attempting to join BJ Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.
Dana White said that “this is the fight the fans wanted, and I’m excited that our very first event at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Conor McGregor.” White touted the card, which will feature three championship bouts, as “the best in UFC history.”
McGregor, who defeated Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds to earn the featherweight championship in December, will retain his championship through this event. This presents McGregor the chance to hold two weight class championships simultaneously. Alvarez won the lightweight championship by scoring a first-round knock out Rafael dos Anjos in July. Alvarez campaigned for this bout, though UFC initially had other plans for him to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.