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Conor McGregor says his best career performance was against Eddie Alvarez

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Former two-division UFC Champion Conor McGregor says his best performance in the octagon was at lightweight against the then-champion Eddie Alvarez.

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Conor McGregor has had a very successful UFC career so far. He has fought some of the best fighters the sport of MMA has to offer and he has done it over several different weight classes. Since his UFC debut back in 2013 when he fought at featherweight, McGregor has competed at many different weights. The former duel-champion took some time on Sunday afternoon to reflect on how he felt at all of these different weights.

“Best I’ve felt – 170. Best record/run – 145. Best performance – 155,” McGregor wrote. “What does this tell me? I’ve no idea but I love it haha hahaha

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McGregor has never shied away from a fight in another division. If the fight excites him he will probably take it. He became the first UFC fighter to win and hold two belts in different divisions. The duel belts became a gimmick for him as he began to call himself the “Champ Champ.” However, now he holds no belts and has lost two of his last three.”

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According to Conor, his best performance came against Eddie Alvarez when they both fought at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in 2016. Conor not only defeated Alvarez but put on a show. He dominated every exchange of the fight. The first round was when Conor Knocked down Eddie for the first time and took on from there. In the second round when Mcgregor had already won the vast majority of their striking exchanges he landed a perfectly timed combo that was crisp and picture-perfect to watch and that was it. He became the first-ever two-division champion.

That was in November 2016, when McGregor truly was in the prime of his career. Nearly five years later, McGregor agrees the Alvarez fight was the best he’s ever looked in the Octagon, calling it the “best performance” of his career.

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Conor was last seen at UFC 257 in January when he suffered a second-round knockout loss to Dustin Poirier. The Irishman devastatingly tasted defeat that night, but in the weeks since then he had made it clear that he wants the trilogy fight against his rival after splitting the first two fights. With UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently retiring and giving up his belt, the vacant belt will be fought for by Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler at UFC 262 in May.

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The winner of the Poirier vs. McGregor trilogy, which will likely take place sometime this summer, will most likely fight the winner of Oliveira vs. Chandler for the belt sometime later this year. With Nurmagomedov finished with the UFC, now is arguably McGregor’s best opportunity to get the 155lbs gold back.

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