Conor McGregor has made UFC history after decisively beating Eddie Alvarez


Irishman Conor McGregor is going from strength to strength, and thanks to his second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden he's the first fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.

The reigning featherweight champion added the lightweight title to his impressive list of achievements when referee John McCarthy stopped the bout, with just under two minutes of the second round remaining.

McGregor dominated from the off and had Alvarez on the floor of the Octagon three times in the opening round, with Alvarez wriggling free on each occasion.

The Irishman, with a five-inch reach advantage over his opponent, began showboating in the second, holding his hands behind his back as Alvarez looked to respond.

Conor McGregor
(Julio Cortez/AP)

It seemed like a pretty one-sided bout, and when three consecutive punches knocked Alvarez to the floor, the ref dived in before McGregor could pounce on him.

In a post-fight interview on BT Sport 2 that was riddled with expletives, McGregor showed off his signature confidence. He said: "Not one bit was surprising, they are not at my level.

"They have got to have size, reach, length, you have got to have some attributes. If you come in any way equal to me I am going to rip your head off, it happens every time.

Conor McGregor
(Julio Cortez/AP)

"Eddie is a solid competitor, Eddie is a warrior, but he shouldn't have been in here with me and that's just the truth of it. It has never been done before. Everything I have dreamed is a reality.

"I have spent a lot of time slating everyone in the company. I have ridiculed the entire roster and I just want to say from the bottom, I want to take this opportunity to apologise ... to absolutely nobody!"

McGregor might be a great fighter, but we don't think he's going to win prizes for his modesty any time soon.