1.) Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez:
This rumored and potentially massive champion vs. champion fight for Alvarez’ lightweight title belt is perhaps the biggest fight (if Ronda Rousey is not returning) the UFC could book outside of perhaps McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III for their first NYC main event.
McGregor was slated to rematch Diaz in the main event of UFC 200 until a spat with the UFC over his promotional schedule lead to him being pulled from the card, in addition to a media-frenzied two-day retirement. That fight would have been a huge draw for a huge card that potentially put UFC 200 over the top, but after all the last-minute changes when Jones was ruled out, McGregor vs. Alvarez, if it does happen, will most certainly blow the impromptu Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate women’s bantamweight title fight that headlined UFC 200 out of the proverbial water.
No disrespect meant to those supremely talented and tough women, it just will. In booking McGregor vs. Alvarez, the UFC gets a second chance to make their biggest star the first-ever simultaneous two-weight champion in the UFC, even if the justification of him keeping the featherweight belt without ever defending it is becoming quite a talking point.
It’s a fight to big to pass up, and would easily outpace Nunes vs. Tate in every sense of the word if it can go off without a hitch. We know that’s unlikely in today’s complicated MMA, but the cold hard facts are just the facts.
McGregor vs. Alvarez – champion vs. champion – would be the cherry on top of a potentially blockbuster UFC 205 card that has the star power to decimate UFC 200 in every way.
This event has been a long time coming and the thousands of loyal UFC fans who have stuck with the promotion through the ups and downs deserve an event that looks like this on paper to actually come to fruition.
Now it’s time for the UFC to deliver it for them, because they certainly did not with UFC 200. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!