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McGregor makes history in ‘the Big Apple’

Conor McGregor became UFC's first simultaneous multi-division champion at UFC 205.

Conor McGregor became UFC’s first simultaneous multi-division champion at UFC 205.

History was made in Madison Square Garden as Conor McGregor became the first-ever UFC fighter to become a simultaneous multi-division champion as the knocked Eddie Alvarez out in the second round in the main event of the promotion’s first-ever event in the Big Apple.

From the opening seconds of the fight McGregor out-classed Alvarez. He knocked him down twice in the first round, and came close to ending the fight before the midway point. When Alvarez tried to take McGregor down in the first round, his attempt was stuffed.

Alvarez’ only was that he survived the round and got into the second, but it still wasn’t a contest in the second round. McGregor stuffed two more takedown attempts by Alvarez pushed him around and nailed him with hard left hooks. With less than two minutes remaining in the second round, McGregor nailed Alvarez with another hard shot, sent him to the canvas and the fight was over.

Already with the UFC’s bantamweight championship around his waist, McGregor added the lightweight title.

Alvarez was not the guy who was going to challenge McGregor out of this division. He has put together a spectacular career by becoming a champion at ever level and beating all the best from around the world, but he simply didn’t have the size or the power or the arsenal to beat a quicker, stronger and naturally bigger McGregor. His only hope was to make it a brawl on the canvas, but he never has that chance with McGregor constantly stuffing takedowns and keeping his distance.

The question for McGregor now is where he goes now after claiming to titles. He has rightfully been criticized to not fighting at bantamweight since winning his title nearly a year ago and holding up the division. The lightweight division has two clear top contenders (Tony Ferguson and Khabib Numagomedov) who should have to wait for their title shots either. McGregor has also made it known that he wants to become a three-division champion by moving up to Welterweight, and his weigh-in spat with Tyron Woodley created some steams for that as well.

What we do know, is he will run his mouth, and not at all care about what anybody thinks.

Woodley and Thompson battle to majority draw

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Styles make fights and when the massively powerful Tyron Woodley stepped into the octagon against the gifted karate striker Stephen Thompson there was little doubt that it would lead to a great title bout, but few could have expected the incredible war they had.

Woodley completely dominated the first and fourth round, bloodying Thompson and nearly knocking him out, but Thompson showed incredible resilience, shook of the massive amounts of damage he took and used his length and quickness to dictate the three other rounds.

It was impossible to see a difference between the two fighters. It would be easier to argue for Woodley since he knocked Thompson down, nearly ended the fight twice, had two take downs and controlled most of the action on the ground; but that’s if you just look at the numbers. Watching the fight, it was dead even.

Joanna still champion after brutal fight with Kowalkiewicz

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk won the unanimous decision over Polish rival Karolina Kowalkiewicz, but it was far from a walk in the park. Jedrzejczyk was busted up, her nose was more than likely broken and he face was incredible swollen and bruised. Kowalkiewicz was most dangerous than anybody though she would be and really pushed the women’s strawweight champion.

But showing that she can be a warrior as much as a fighter, Jedrzejczyk absorbed all of the punishment and dished out a ton of her own punishment. Jedrzejczyk out-landed Kowalkiewicz 181-63 in strikes and an incredible 171-50 in significant strikes as she remained unbeaten in her fourth-straight title defense.

Vicious flying knee by Romero ends Weidman in third

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It was a terrifying moment for Chris Weidman, who was making his hometown debut against a returning Yoel Romero in a title eliminator. In the third round, Romero cracked Weidman with a right knee straight to his temple. The second Romero brought his knee back, the blood started to pour from Weidman’s head.

But even before that moment, Romero was out-classing Weidman. The former middleweight champion looked slow and hesitant against a shredded Romero who just displayed massive power.

Romero and Bisping had an exchange after the fight, looking like that fight is clearly the next championship fight to be made.

Miesha Tate retires after loss to Raquel Pennington

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Maybe it just the frustration she had after he loss, but Miesha Tate seemed to have a clear head when she made her announcement that she was retiring after Raquel Pennington was announced as the victor of their fight. Tate was controlled by Pennington from start to finish. In the first round, Pennington had a tight guillotine choke in. Tate was able to survive and get out of the tight hold, nearly flipping over Pennington wen walking backwars up the cage.

But Tate never got close to in control of the fight, was out-landed 111-48 on total strikes and 43-21 on significant strikes.

Edgar survives head kick, beats Jeremy Stephens

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Early in the second round Jeremy Stephens stepped forward and into a hard kick right to Frankie Edgar’s face. It was one of the few times we’ve ever seen Edgar look that rattled and hurt like that, but Edgar kept his distance, recovered and then took Stephens down.

That’s where Edgar has always been most dominant and that is where he wore Stephens down on his way to a great rebounding victory since suffering a lop-sided loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 200 for the interim featherweight championship.

Khabib Nurmagomedov mauls Michael Johnson

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For the first time since 2013, Khabib Nurmagomedov had a second fight in a calendar year and he dismantled Michael Johnson to make a strong claim that he should be the next man to fight for the lightweight championship. Johnson stood with Nurmagomedov early in the first round and tagged him a few times with his incredible boxing, but quickly, Nurmagomedov pushed Johnson up against the cage and took him to the mat.

Johnson had no answer for Nurmagomedov’s wrestling. He looked frustrated trying to free himself. He couldn’t, though. With tremendous expertise, Nurmagomedov moved positions, trapped Johnson’s hands and legs to keep him from escaping and forcing him to defend with one one hand.

Amazingly, Johnson showed a remarkable chin and lasted until the third round despite constantly being taken to the mat, trapped and dealt a great deal of devastating shots. In the third round, Nurmagomedov gave up trying to get a knockout, locked in a kimura and forced the submission.

The win for Nurmagomedov certainly made a great statement that he deserves a title shot sooner rather than later, and used the time after his win to call out Conor McGregor, but that will be a very tough decision for the UFC to pick between him and tony Ferguson, who just dominated former champion Rafael dos Anjos.

‘The Barbarian’ stops Natal in first round

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Following a sad down period in his career in which he lose six of eight fights, including three and a show from the beginning of 2015 to early 2016, Tim Boetsch seemed to be one loss away from possibly being dropped by the UFC. But ‘The Barbarian’ had other plans. In July, he earned a tremendous knockout win over Josh Samman and at UFC 205, in his 20th career UFC fight, Boetsch took out the rising Rafael Natal.

Boetsch stormed in fast and took less than four minutes before he floored Natal with a right hand. While Boetsch is .500 though his UFC career, he once again proved that his power is among the most dangerous in the promotion as long as he catches his opponent.

On short notice, Luque decimates Muhammad

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A USADA violation by Lyman Good nearly took Belal Muhammad off the UFC 205 card, but on just weeks notice, Vicente Lique stepped in to a big spot on a big part and it took just 79 seconds for him to make a name for himself. Luque knocked Muhammad out. Luque said after the fight that he accepted to take on Donald Cerrone after Kelvin Gastelum failed to make weight, but stuck with the Muhammad fight and his left hook gave him his fourth-straight victory.

Jim Miller out-duels Alves for third-straight win

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Jim Miller will never go down as one of the greatest of all time but he’ll always have a special place in the hearts of fight fans. Miller has remained relevant in the lightweight division for a long time and that is why he’s being awarded with these fights on these big card. Miller opened UFC 200 this summer and on perhaps the even bigger UFC 205 card, he got his spot to fight in New York City. Miller has shown over the past year that he’s far from finished with his MMA career. Since dominating Takanor Gomi, Miller has continued on to now three-straight victory and this time, against a bigger opponent. Thiago Alves, who was in flirting with the welterweight title in 2015, missed weight against Miller, but that advantage didn’t matter as Miller out-worked him, muscled him around on the mat and let little doubt in his decision victory.

Carmouche tops Chookagian with split decision

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Liz Carmouche became the first UFC fighter to win a bout in the Big Apple as she opened UFC 205 with a split decision victory over Katlyn Chookagian. Two judges narrowly awarded Carmouche the first two round of the three round fight. She was able to effectively used her muscle to take her opponent down in those first two rounds. Carmouche wore down in the third round, however, and Chookagian has great success landing big leg kicks. She nearly ended the fight in the third round, but Carmouche held on for the victory.

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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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