Conor McGregor will fight for lightweight title at UFC 205

Conor McGregor will headline UFC 205
Conor McGregor will headline UFC 205

Conor McGregor will get a shot at history when he takes on the lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in New York at UFC 205.

Overnight the Dubliner was added to the bill for the promotion's first ever show in New York city since the ban on MMA was lifted by the state.

Add in the fact that a win over Alvarez will make McGregor the first man to hold two UFC belts at the same time and the November 12 Madison Square Garden clash is already a mouth-watering prospect.

Announcing the bout last night, Dana White confirmed that McGregor will keep his featherweight belt won against Jose Aldo in December last year, meaning the prospect of holding two belts is back on the agenda.

Back in March McGregor was due to fight  Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 but the then champion pulled out through injury.

Alvarez then beat Dos Anjos in July to take the title.

Khabib Nurmagomedov had signed a deal to fight the champion at UFC 205 or 206 but it looks like the prospect of McGregor was too tempting for Alvarez.

Also on the card is welterweight champ Tyron Woodley taking on Stephen Thompson.