Conor McGregor cements his place in sports history


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Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship November 12, 2016 in New York City.

Conor McGregor is the greatest mixed martial artist in the world.

McGregor dethroned Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in what was the UFC’s biggest event in company history.

McGregor headlined the show and beat Alvarez by technical knockout early in the second round, in what was a mismatch of a contest. By holding two championship belts, he has cemented himself in MMA history as one of the greatest fighters ever.

A UFC color commentator labeled Alvarez as a “world beater,” but he was touted as the worst match-up to give to McGregor. A wrestler with a chin was supposed to be the fighter to destroy the mystique of Mcgregor.

Sixty seconds into the fight McGregor proved everyone wrong by dropping Alvarez with the first combination thrown. It felt like a mismatch, as McGregor’s skill set proved far too advanced.

“Just looking at skill sets, I felt going in that this was a massive mismatch,” head coach John Kavanagh said on MMAfightingSBN podcast. “That style of fighter, where he is always too late, always getting hit, falls apart. It’s a massive mismatch.”

McGregor’s boxing experience proved to be too much for Alvarez. Alvarez’s punches were thrown wide and were too easily avoidable with the boxing experience of McGregor.

The only question there has been about McGregor’s game was his wrestling. The criticism comes from McGregor’s previous opponents not having any wrestling background. Previously he has fought strikers who were reluctant to take the fight to the ground.

Alvarez shot two take downs the whole fight and did not land either of them. After this fight, you cannot berate the wrestling of McGregor.

The way McGregor controls distance with his reach and his inept control of distance seems to freeze wrestlers. Alvarez seemed reluctant to wrestle McGregor despite it being the take down.

“That was not my intention,” Alvarez said in a post fight interview. “That was stupid. It was Foolish. and I paid for not sticking to the game plan. That was not the game plan.”

Game planning in a fight is a hard task to follow.

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” as Mike Tyson put it. And the timing and power from McGregor was just too great of an obstacle to overcome for Alvarez.

There is no denying McGregors place in history. The venue being Madison Square Garden made it a spectacle. McGregor has inserted himself in the long list of legends to fight in the garden. Boxing legends like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Roberto Duran, and Sugar Ray Robinson have fought in the Garden, and one could argue McGregor is the biggest star so far.

The event broke gate attendance and is predicted to beat pay-per-view records. In what was the most anticipated event of the year, the biggest star shined brightest. McGregor has cemented himself in history and their is no denying his greatness.