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Conor McGregor put on a show for 20,000 screaming fans at UFC 205. 

By Sean Gregory
November 13, 2016

This story was originally published on Time.com.

The event was a bloody success

Conor McGregor really wanted his second belt. The UFC superstar had just knocked out Eddie Alvarez on early Saturday morning, to gain the lightweight title and become the first UFC fighter to earn championships in two different divisions (he already had the featherweight crown). During his post-fight interview in the Octagon, to the delight of a delirious Madison Square Garden crowd, he called the UFC “cheap m———–s” for failing to bring out the featherweight belt so he could strut around with the two jewels. He dropped a few more f-bombs before UFC president Dana White—who later said it was in fact McGregor’s responsibility to tend to his own belts—gave McGregor a second belt, which White borrowed from welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. “It’d like to take this time to apologize,” McGregor shouted into the mike, “to absolutely nobody.” The packed area roared.

In one of the most important nights in the history of the UFC, which was holding its first event in New York City— the largest market in the United States—after the sport’s nearly 20-year ban in the state, the greatest showman in fighting delivered an unforgettable act. McGregor, the experienced carnival barker from Dublin, was amped all week. During his pre-fight press conference, he almost threw a chair at Alvarez, who hails from Philadelphia. For his part, Alvarez had promised to “silence the country of Ireland” and yes, wait for it … “make America great again.”

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