The featherweight champion looks to make history when he fights for the lightweight strap in November
Conor McGregor is on course for his very own fairytale in New York after it was yesterday confirmed that the featherweight champion would face Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap on November 12.
The 28-year-old was expected to vacate his featherweight belt should he get a shot at the 155lbs title, but has retained the 145lbs belt and will become he first UFC fighter in history to hold two belts in different divisions concurrently should he beat Alvarez.
The stars of the stacked UFC 205 card set for Madison Square Garden were all in attendance last night at the first press conference for the event. Tyron Woodley will defend his welterweight title against Stephen Thompson for the first time since dethroning Robbie Lawler earlier this year.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title for the fifth time when she takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in an all-Polish affair.
Other notable bouts on the card is Donald Cerrone's continued tilt at the welterweight division when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum and Meisha Tate's return to the Octagon for the first time since losing her bantamweight title when she fights Raquel Pennington.
Speaking at last night's press conference, McGregor got his first chance to size up his opponent and the pair wasted little time in trading barbs.
"This guy's got eight minutes of fight in him and that's it," Alvarez said referring to his last two fights against Nate Diaz where McGregor had struggled to maintain cardiovascular fitness at a higher weight.
"He quits after eight minutes every fight. He's not a championship fighter. He's never been. And he's never ever fought anyone in the UFC like me. Ever.
"He spent $300 million on his last camp and gassed out eight minutes in."
As always, McGregor wasn't going to take it lying down.
"You're just another broke bum trying to sell some shit," he said. "That's it. He's broke and he's desperate. And he's trying to make it, 'McGregor is this, McGregor is that.' We've heard it all before. He's just another broke bum that can't afford to pay his f*cking bills. So that's all that is."
Of his reputation as one of the big money fights in the UFC McGregor said:
"He got it done by signing his last contract," McGregor said. "He didn't even negotiate new money for himself. Imagine that. Look at everybody up here. They're all dressed like me. They're all trying to talk like me. They're all trying to be me. Everyone in the game wants this fight. This is the lottery fight. And this man took it on his last contract.
"Imagine that. Imagine getting the biggest fight in the game and [the UFC] saying, 'Shut your mouth, kid, you'll get paid what you did on your last fight and you're lucky you're getting that.'"
He also didn't shy away from featherweight challenger Jeremy Stephens who said that when he KO'd people they "don't f*cking move".
All eyes will be on McGregor in the coming weeks as he looks to make history and in the meantime he'll be sure to try and inside the head of his opponent, best seen last night during the stare-down.
You can watch the full press conference below.