UFC president Dana White seperates Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP
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Eddie Alvarez waited to feel the magnitude of the moment as he stood eye-to-eye with Conor McGregor on a Madison Square Garden stage. Alvarez, hyping the biggest fight of his career, wondered if nervousness would kick in as he stared down McGregor. Alvarez makes his first UFC lightweight title defense against McGregor Saturday night at MSG in the promotion's return to New York for the first time since the state lifted the mixed martial arts ban earlier this year.Alvarez has found the lightweight belt quite comfortable propped on one of his shoulders this summer in his native Philadelphia.Alvarez made his pro debut after just eight months of MMA training.Alvarez was trounced by Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in his first bout, but recovered with split-decision wins over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis to earn a lightweight title shot.Alvarez won the 155-pound title with a dramatic first-round stoppage of Rafael Dos Anjos in July on a UFC Fight Night card.Alvarez laughed off the threat – and made one of his own.
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