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McGregor’s lightweight title shot is a joke

While the UFC wants to try to make a multi-division champion, Conor McGregor should not be allowed to ignore the fact that he is the featherweight champion either.

While the UFC wants to try to make a multi-division champion, Conor McGregor should not be allowed to ignore the fact that he is the featherweight champion either.

It’s when the UFC makes fights like these that people find it hard to think of them as a legitimate sports organization; and for a company still fighting to break into mass popularity and into the mainstream, that is not what they need. It’s when the UFC goes out and throws together a middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and over-the-hill Dan Henderson, who is 2-3 in his last fight fights, that people have a hard time understanding the legitimacy of match-making. It’s when when the UFC goes out and puts Conor McGregor into a lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez that it just seems like it’s the WWE where guys walk out and call for a title shot and get it rather than earning one on their merits.

McGregor has done absolutely nothing to deserve a shot at the lightweight championship, but the UFC once again wants to try to make their first multi-division champion in history. McGregor, though, has never fought at lightweight and he has completely ignored and held up the featherweight division while he has that belt.

Meanwhile, Tony Ferguson, who holds the longest-active winning streak in the lightweight division, the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza, who just dominated two former stars of the division, and even lightweight contender Nate Diaz, who beat McGregor before only losing to him by majority decision when he was fighting injured, all get passed over.

Eddie Alvarez should not be defending his belt against Conor McGregor when there are so many other worthy contenders out there.

Eddie Alvarez should not be defending his belt against Conor McGregor when there are so many other worthy contenders out there.

This is why the UFC is being sued now and why there is an effort to have a real rankings system put in place. Fighters make more money when they are in title fights. Meanwhile, Ferguson, who in the octagon all the time putting his health and winning-streak on the line isn’t getting the payoff he deserves. Jacare Souza has lost a ton of money by not being in title fights while other fighters keep getting shots ahead of him even when he is clearly the most deserving.

There is no good reason why McGregor should be fighting Alvarez in the headliner of UFC 205. He should be fighting interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a rematch; which after how Aldo destroyed Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, would be a very interesting fight. But let’s not even talk about how the fact that there is even an interim featherweight championship is a joke too considering the title was created on a card that McGregor was supposed to headline while fighting at a different weight class.

This fight is imply an attempt at a cash grab. Alvarez is not the most well-known fighter in the UFC. He’s not particularly a guy they should be comfortable with headlining big pay per views by himself. McGregor is their big cash cow, just imagine the posters with standing center with a title strap over each shoulder.

Boy will it be disappointing for the UFC if Alvarez beats him. As for the fight itself, it is a very, very dangerous one for McGregor. We saw how he struggled against power at welterweight, and struggled with his endurance at a bigger weight. Lightweight may be a more natural fit for McGregor than either featherweight or welterweight, but Alvarez is as tough as they come. He is a physical brawler who absolutely destroyed Rafael dos Anjos, a guy whose power everybody thought could be a problem for McGregor before their fight fell out in the spring.

And if McGregor does lose to Alvarez, his aura of invincibility is completely gone. He would have lost to two different people in three fights. It’s already hard to talk his talking serious after he tapped out to Diaz, who took the fight on only 11 days notice, and then questionably beat him while Diaz was injured. Losing to a guy who doesn’t really open his mouth and just does his talking with his fists will show that McGregor is all bark and no bite.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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