McGregor is now owner of both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight championships after he scored a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez to close out the UFC’s first event in New York in more than 20 years, which took place at Madison Square Garden.
McGregor dropped his opponent once more, and the third time was the charm. He followed up with a few ground strikes until the referee pulled him off at the 3:04 mark of Round 2, solidifying his victory and sending the crowd into a pandemonium.
The Irishman joined B.J. Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win belts in two divisions, but he set himself apart from the pack by being the first to hold two belts at once, etching his place in the company record books forever.
McGregor had the 155-pound belt wrapped around his waist after his victory was announced, but immediately he called for the second piece of gold to be put in his possession, as well. He draped one belt over each should for an unforgettable piece of scenery, and Alvarez admitted after the fight that he allowed McGregor to force him off his game.