Conor McGregor will get his chance to make UFC history when he takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Last night, UFC president Dana White officially confirmed that McGregor will challenge Alvarez for his lightweight title at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden on November 12.
Should McGregor succeed, he will become the first ever reigning champion in two weight divisions – already holding the 145lbs belt.
The Irishman will attempt to become the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously as UFC returns to New York for the first time since a 1997 ban on professional mixed martial arts was lifted earlier this year, according to Sky Sports.
White had previously stated McGregor would have to defend or vacate his 145lbs title before taking another fight above the weight class, but confirmed on Monday night that McGregor will retain that belt through UFC 205.
White told ESPN:
This is the fight the fans wanted, and I’m excited that our very first event at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Conor McGregor. This card has three world title fights and is the best card in UFC history.
UFC 205 will also feature welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defending his title against Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight championship against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
If McGregor succeeds, he will join BJ Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes – although neither held titles simultaneously.