Conor McGregor came to Madison Square Garden looking to make history and become the first simultaneous two-division champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and that is exactly what he did.
McGregor came close though, knocking down Alvarez three times in the opening round of their lightweight title fight early Sunday morning in New York City. The 1999 boxing match between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield drew a record $13.5 million.
McGregor, as he had been all week in NY, was the undisputed star of the card.
The Madison Square Garden crowd gave Tate a loud ovation following her surprise announcement.
"Sitting here tonight we broke every record in UFC history tonight", Dana White told the media following the event. The law authorizing the sport took effect in September.
Carmouche says she anxious after Chookagian landed a big kick in the third round, a blow that spurred a roar from the Madison Square Garden crowd anticipating a stoppage. This of course has given Alvarez more of a reason to shut McGregor up, "As far as shutting his (McGregor) mouth and giving him some humility, it will be an honour". McGregor's fans wore Irish flag capes and his fellow countrymen sang "Ole Ole Ole" in the concourse before the show.
So to this point, UFC 7 was the only event contested in the state, taking place in September 1995 at Buffalo.
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McGregor indicated that he is seeking an equity stake in the company, which was sold to the WME-IMG group for $4.2 billion in July.
"Whoever runs this place now has to come to me and give me my slice", he said. Everything I have dreamed is a reality.
The first fight on the UFC 205 main card will be in the women's bantamweight division, between former champion Miesha 'Cupcake' Tate and Raquel Pennington.
StubHub had tickets for sale for as much as $3,000 at the start of the night for what UFC had billed as its biggest and best card of all time.
Two judges awarded Carmouche the first two rounds of a three-round fight. "It feels familiar. I saw it so clearly, so consistently".
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. And what's next? We'll let him enjoy this moment.