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Conor McGregor Vs Eddie Alvarez Official For UFC 205

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Social media murmurings in recent hours were suggesting that Conor McGregor would finally make the first defence of his UFC featherweight title at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 12th.

Reports that McGregor was in the host city ahead of Tuesday’s UFC 205 press conference, combined with the fact that interim featherweight titlist Jose Aldo saw fit to add the caption “It’s time to return,” to an Instagram photo of himself sitting in an airport, had tongues wagging and fingers tapping.

However, self-proclaimed MMA insider ‘#Dizz’, who has singled himself out as a reliable source in recent weeks, then reported that a fight between McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was actually a done deal for the massive MSG show.

The @TalkMMA account was first to break the news that Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson had been added to the event and also reported that Jim Miller had stepped up to fill the vacant slot opposite Thiago Alves, which had been left by the withdrawal of Al Iaquinta, before any major MMA media outlets. So there were few reasons to doubt the legitimacy of this post.

Sure enough, a couple of hours later, ESPN revealed that UFC officials had confirmed the news. It was also confirmed that McGregor will retain possession of his featherweight strap for the time being.

Alvarez vs McGregor had been strongly rumoured until last week, when Dana White denied that there was any truth to the chatter. He told a fan on Twitter that the American was being lined up to defend his title against number one contender Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.

White would later say that he wanted McGregor’s next fight to be a featherweight title defence against Aldo, although he also expressed doubt that the Irishman would be fit to compete in November.

Various reports suggested that this sudden state of uncertainty had arisen from the collapse of the Alvarez/McGregor negotiations, which had apparently been caused by the demands of one party.

However, any problems that existed have obviously been resolved.

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