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McGregor nabs UFC lightweight belt from Alvarez with KO win


By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Conor McGregor set UFC history on Sunday (Philippine Time) as he became the first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously after knocking out erstwhile lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

McGregor, the reigning featherweight champ, landed a hard right hook to Alvarez that floored him for good as Referee John McCarthy stopped the contest at the 3:04 mark of Round 2.

Prior to the eventual knockout moment, McGregor knocked Alvarez down twice, making him only the third fighter in UFC history to score three or more knockdowns in a single fight.

McGregor's 2017 now lies on which belt he will keep and which he will relinquish.

In the co-main event, however, Tyron Woodley retained his UFC welterweight belt in a bizarre manner, holding Stephen Thompson to a majority draw.

Woodley got a 10-8 score from Judge Doug Crosby for his late Round 1 dominance and another 10-8 from Derek Cleary for his Round 4 domination that nearly forced a knockout or even a submission, saving him from potential split decision loss to Thompson as he had control of the match as per both judges' cards.

Crosby and Cleary had it 47-all, while a third judge, Glenn Tromers, gave Woodley a 48-47 lead.

In the lone other title fight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her UFC women's strawweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Jedrzejczyk earned identical 49-46 scorecard leads from the three judges en route to an extension of her title reign.

In notable non-title fights, Raquel Pennington stunned Miesha Tate with a unanimous decision victory, Yoel Romero scored a third round knockout win against Chris Weidman and UFC Philippines headliner Frankie Edgar earned perfect 30's from two judges as he took a unanimous decision win against Jeremy Stephens.

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