Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016 to become the first simultaneous multi-division champion in UFC history.
Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016 to become the first simultaneous multi-division champion in UFC history. However, this wasn’t the first time the Irishman had double champion status in mixed martial arts. He did it for the first time in 2012 at the Irish promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Just ten years ago, “The Notorious” fought Ivan Buchinger at Cage Warriors: 51st in the lightweight championship. A dominant first-round performance and knockout gave him eight straight wins and his second championship in the promotion. All eight of his victories came by knockout or submission. McGregor had won his last fight with Dave Hill six months ago and was already the reigning featherweight champion at the time. His two Cage Warriors Championship fights were in front of a home crowd in Dublin, Ireland.
However, Conor McGregor never got a chance to defend the belt as his fight with Ivan Buchniger was the last in his promotion. His incredible form and double-championship status caused a huge stir across Europe and the mixed martial arts world. Fans urged UFC President Dana White to sign the young contender. On a trip to Dublin in February 2013, White met Conor McGregor and offered him his UFC contract shortly after. In April of that year, McGregor made his Octagon debut against Marcus Brimmage and the rest was history.
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