Saturday night was one of firsts for the UFC.
Madison Square Garden hosted UFC 205, the promotion's first event in the city since mixed martial arts was banned in the state of New York back in 1997. The New York State Assembly voted to legalize MMA in March.
Conor McGregor made sure it was worth the long wait.
In the main event, the 28-year-old Irishman dropped Eddie Alvarez, 32, to take the latter's lightweight championship belt—for real this time. Already the featherweight champ, McGregor's knockout victory made him the first two-weight champion in the history of the promotion.
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"My dream has become a reality," McGregor said after securing his new belt. "God bless."
The last time two champs fought, Georges St-Pierre defended his light heavyweight belt against welterweight champ B.J. Penn at UFC 94 in 2009.
"I spend a lot of time slinging everyone in the company, I've ridiculed everyone on the roster, I'd like to take time to apologize to absolutely nobody," McGregor said. "A double champ does whatever the f**k he wants."
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