In 2016, Conor McGregor made history by becoming the first man to ever hold two UFC titles in two different weight divisions simultaneously. McGregor, then the UFC featherweight champion, dismantled Eddie Alvarez in just two rounds to win the UFC lightweight championship as well.
To mark the four-year anniversary of his stellar feat, McGregor took to social media to celebrate what he called "World Champ Champ Day".
On Instagram, McGregor posted a series of photos from his fight with Alvarez, and claimed the record for Most Knockdowns in a UFC Title Fight.
"Most Knockdowns in a UFC World Title Fight! Clinical shooting. I have surpassed this level, multiple times over. Excited to showcase!" McGregor claimed
In the comments section of McGregor's post however, a certain reigning UFC middleweight champion chimed in on the supposed record.
"2nd most knockdowns," Adesanya posted, along with an emoji of a sly grin.
The reason for Adesanya's counter, is that according to the official UFC records, Adesanya owns the distinction of having the most knockdowns in a UFC title fight in his UFC interim middleweight championship match against Kelvin Gastelum back in 2019. In that five-round war, Adesanya dropped Gastelum four times.
McGregor has countered this claim before as well.
With the help of some fan-submitted evidence, the Irish combat sports icon believes that he was able to knock Alvarez down five times during their title fight.
Earlier this year, McGregor once again brought this issue up, saying that he would have had set two records set in the Alvarez fight, had the UFC counted the knockdowns.
While it's highly likely that McGregor will never officially win this little debate (unless of course he actually does score five knockdowns or more in a future title fight), he probably will continue to claim this record for his own, each time he celebrates 'World Champ Champ Day'.
Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya, and the UFC's Knockdown Records
According to the UFC's official records, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya owns the record for Most Knockdowns in a UFC World Title Fight with four in his fight with Kelvin Gastelum, while Conor McGregor is second with three in his fight with Eddie Alvarez.
So who rounds out the top five?
In reality, McGregor shares the second spot with five other fighters who were able to knock their opponents down three times in a UFC title fight:
Frank Mir (vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira)
Gray Maynard (vs. Frankie Edgar)
Anderson Silva (vs. Rich Franklin)
Georges St-Pierre (vs. Jon Fitch)
Lyoto Machida (vs. Rashad Evans)
As for Knockdowns in a UFC Bout in general, the record-holders are Jeremy Stephens and Forrest Petz, who both have registered five knockdowns in a single fight.
Adesanya's four knockdowns is second-most, tied with Nate Marquardt, Brad Blackburn, Josh Emmet, and Khalil Rountree Jr.Published 14 Nov 2020, 05:05 IST