The fallout from UFC 205 continues almost a week on since the incredible scenes at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where Conor McGregor made history by becoming the promotion’s first ever simultaneous two-weight champion.
A stacked fight card saw three title fights and battles between the leading contenders from numerous weight class.While McGregor made history by defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, there were no real upsets to speak of.
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson ran Tyron Woodley very close, with a majority draw allowing the champion keep his belt. The result sees Thompson overtake former welterweight king Robbie Lawler for the division’s number one contender spot.
Back in lightweight, McGregor’s victory shunts everyone, with the exception of Khabib Nurmagomedov, down a notch on the contender table. The Russian, following his own victory on the UFC 205 under card, jumps into the number one spot, behind the Irishman.
At featherweight Frankie Edgar continues to push for another tilt at the gold as his victory over Jeremy Stephens sees him hold is position immediately behind Jose Aldo in the race to face a 145lb version of McGregor sometime next year.
Up at middleweight, Yoel Romero’s brutal KO of Chris Weidman sees the Cuban jump three places in the rankings and is now the top contender to Michael Bisping for the middleweight gold.
Following the promotion’s marquee event, the pound-for-pound rankings have also had something of a shake up. Leap frogging both Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz is the double-champion, McGregor.
The move installs the history maker at second in the rankings, behind long time flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. The diminutive American continues to rule due to his domination of the 125lb division.
McGregor is now running a very close second to ‘Mighty Mouse’. While a 21-3 record still lags behind Johnson’s 24-2-1 record, the Irishman’s weight hopping adventures in 2016 have seen him become the only man ever to win fights in three weight classes in one year.
Check out Matt Parrino and Forrest Griffin break down the events result and the impact on the rankings.
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As a two weight champion and his due to his exploits at welterweight, many assumed the Dubliner would ascend to the top of the pound-for-pound table following his decimation of Alvarez last weekend.
However, when the numbers are crunched and the statistics calculated, Johnson continues to shade it.
Topping the pound-for-pound rankings is more a accolade for the ego than anything else. Reaching the pinnacle has not featured heavily in McGregor’s public ambitions of late and one might well assume that he is currently happy with his lot.
2016 has been a successful year for the Irishman. Banking tens of millions and fulfilling his prediction of being a two-weight champion, his upward trajectory in the UFC continues at an unparalleled rate.
2017 promises to be another exciting one for the double champion. Impending fatherhood, contenders from two divisions shouting for their shot at the king and a demand for part ownership of the promotion will ensure that while the challenges might differ in 2017, it will be no less enthralling.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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