Irish superstar Conor McGregor created history on Saturday night (12 November) when he beat American fighter Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York to become the first person in the promotion's history to hold two world championship belts at the same time.
McGregor knocked out Alvarez in the second round to claim the lightweight championship. He already possesses the featherweight title following his 13-second destruction of Jose Aldo in December 2015. The Irishman led from the first round at Madison Square Garden, landing clean left hands and dominating the octagon.
With momentum on his side, it was just a matter of time before 'The Notorious' closed out the fight. The winning moment came at 3m 04 s of round two, when McGregor used his lethal left hand and a combination of punches to secure victory.
"They're not on my level," McGregor said afterwards. "You've got to have size, reach, length. You've got to have some attributes. If you don't, I will rip your head off. That's what I say every time."
Even before the bell rang, McGregor looked like the man in command as the majority of the crowd rose to its feet and chanted his name. His first three knockdowns came within the first three minutes of the fight.
A shell-shocked Alvarez sprung back up, but offered little resistance to the onslaught he faced. After surviving the first round, he eventually managed to halt the Dubliner when he pinned him against the fence. However, a sublime four-punch combo ended his struggle and McGregor celebrated his historic moment with a UFC championship belt draped across each shoulder.
McGregor had teased a major announcement before Saturday night's big event and revealed after his victory that he and girlfriend Dee Devlin are expecting their first child. The 28-year-old also called for discussions with the UFC regarding taking a share in a company that was sold for $4 billion to a group led by WME-IMG in July.
"Have this baby, take a little bit of time and see what way I feel after that," he was quoted as saying by ESPN of his future plans. "They've got to come talk to me now. No one has come talk to me since the sale happened - as a businessman.
"Who owns the company? People have shares of the company, celebrities. Conan O'Brien owns the UFC these days. Where's my share? Where's my equity? If I'm the one bringing this, they've got to come talk to me. That's all I know. You want me to stick around and keep doing what I'm doing? I want what I deserve. What I've earned."