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Monday 5 December 2016

McGregor primed for historic duel

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

For the first time in almost four years, Conor McGregor was at his optimum fighting weight yesterday as he stood on the scales ahead of UFC 205 tonight in Madison Square Garden.

McGregor, who challenges lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the five-round main event at the hallowed Garden, came in at 154.4 lbs and has never looked better since first taking the MMA world by storm in 2013.

After finally being legalised by the state assembly in March, tonight's showcase will be the UFC's first ever in New York City, and the promotion has responded by creating the most stellar card in their 23-year history.

McGregor has been seen in a custom Rolls Royce - with his likeness painted on the side - and a white mink coat during his stay in the Big Apple, while he and Alvarez inevitably had to be separated at Thursday's press event.

However, he looked all business at the weigh-ins, and late, late tonight the Crumlin man has a chance to become the first man ever to concurrently hold two UFC titles.

The bigger man with room to spare in height and reach, McGregor is largely expected to prevail, given his clear advantage in power and speed, but the longer Alvarez remains conscious, the more the odds will tip in his favour.

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