UFC 205 takes place this Saturday at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is the UFC’s debut event in the city since the ban on MMA was lifted earlier this year and what better way to mark this historic occasion then with a stacked, three title fight card.
In the main event, UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor takes on the UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. McGregor will be looking to make history in his own right by attempting to become the first in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time.
Main Event McGregor vs Alvarez
The ‘Notorious’ is the perfect headliner and is arguably one of the biggest stars to ever emerge from the promotion. Alvarez on the other hand see’s this fight as the easier option to take and remains unfazed by McGregor’s war with words on the lead up to this fight, or so he says.
Having been a two division champion in the Cage Warriors promotion, McGregor will most likely be more at home at Lightweight as he looks leaner, healthier and won’t be struggling to make weight like his tough cut to Featherweight. McGregor will have a reach advantage over Alvarez which he will no doubt utilise to his advantage. It is not surprising that the fan favourite McGregor opens up as the betting favourite according to this site, McGregor (-150) & Alvarez (+130).
The UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez however will most likely use his wrestling to grid out McGregor as his weakness on the ground has been exposed in previous such as both fights against Nate Diaz. Although Eddie comes in as the underdog, he has been the first to hold titles in both Bellator MMA and the UFC.
Whatever the outcome, the anticipation and curiosity for who will leave victorious is one that could possibly break the current record for pay per view numbers previously set at UFC 100. Alvarez sets his sights on derailing the phenomenon that is Conor McGregor while McGregor sets his sights on making history.
Co-Main Woodley vs Thompson
In the co-main event, UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will defend his title against Stephen ‘wonderboy’ Thompson. In his first title defence since knocking out the previous champ Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley opens up as the underdog (+150). The favourite, Stephen Thompson (-175) has been riding a seven fight win streak and has finally earned his shot at the belt. Tyron Woodley though will look to prove all of his doubters wrong as he defends his belt on what could be the UFC’s biggest event to date.
Other fights to look out for
The Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her belt against fellow Polish striker Karolina Kowalkiewicz as one of three title fights on the main card. We could possibly see a different side to the champ Jedrzejczyk after leaving Poland and making the switch to train at American Top Team in Florida.
Other fights to look out for is New York native Chris Weidman taking on Yoel Romero as Weidman attempts to get one step closer to getting back the Middleweight belt.
Khabib Nurmagomedov returns again this time against Michael Johnson after winning his long awaited return to the octagon back in April this year. Johnson is coming off an impressive first round KO over Dustin Poirier in September. This fight could have title implications with the winner possibly the next in line for a shot at the Lightweight belt.
UFC 205 is no doubt a stacked up card and has remained nearly intact with only one cancellation so far, Evans vs Kennedy. The wait is nearly over as history will be made November 12th at Madison Square Garden.
Check out the rest of the card here.