UFC president Dana White has a plan for the promotion’s triumphant return to New York in November and it includes Conor McGregor, José Aldo, Eddie Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
According to Yahoo Sport, White revealed that he intends for Alvarez to defend his lightweight title against the 23-0 Nurmagomedov, while finally pitting McGregor against Aldo for the featherweight belt.
Though the lightweight bout will certainly generate huge interest and excitement, it is the rematch between the ‘Notorious’ and Aldo that will set pulses racing.
Since destroying the long standing champion at UFC 194 last December, McGregor has embarked on a weight hopping adventure that has seen him face Nate Diaz twice at welterweight.
Now, with his sights firmly set on the lightweight title and Eddie Alvarez, it had appeared that Aldo would have to wait a little longer before his oft demanded rematch with the Irishman.
Following McGregor’s redemptive victory over Diaz last month, it was feared that a foot injury sustained by the featherweight king during the bout, would scupper any chances of him fighting at UFC 205. However, it now seems that the man from Crumlin is fighting fit once again, with White confirming his availability for the year’s highlight event.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
While Alvarez and McGregor have been publicly seeking a contest in November, it now seems that White is laying down the law and is about to force each fighter to defend their titles against the respective number one contenders.
White is reportedly set to officially announce the fight card on Tuesday, September 27th, so there is not long to wait to see just what he has in store for MMA fans.
Needless to say, a card with all four of the above fighters headlining is certainly fitting for the wildly anticipated New York return.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena