The UFC has had some huge fight cards in 2016 and UFC 205 is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year. The big reason for this is that MMA is finally legal in New York and the promotion is looking to make its debut with a bang.
The main event will feature a lightweight title bout between current champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight champion Conor McGregor. It was huge deal with this fight was announced as former featherweight champion Jose Also was expecting to fight McGregor and asked for his UFC release when this was made official.
Alvarez will look to make his first title defense after winning the title in stunning fashion with a first round (T)KO of Rafael Dos Anjos back in July of this year. McGregor was set to fight for the lightweight title earlier in the year, but an injury to then champion Dos Anjos threw a wrench in those plans and what resulted was pure gold for the UFC as McGregor and Nate Diaz built a rivalry for the ages. McGregor was successful in his second attempt against Diaz, winning a decision at UFC 202. Despite it seeming like McGregor’s outings above featherweight not being easy sailing he enters the octagon as a slight favorite, according to SportsBettingDime.
The co-main event will feature welterweight champion Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson. Woodley will be looking to make his first title defense after knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. Thompson enters the bout on a seven fight win streak including wins over Johny Hendricks and Rory McDonald in his last two.
The third title up for grabs at UFC 205 will be the women’s straweight championship as Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to keep her belt and her undefeated record intact. She will be fighting another undefeated fighter in Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Also taking place on the card will be Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastulem, Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero, and Meisha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington.
UFC 205 Fight Card
Eddie Alvarez (28-4) vs. Conor McGregor (20-3)*
Tyron Woodley (16-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (13-1)**
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0)***
Donald Cerrone (31-7, 1 NC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (12-2)
Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. Yoel Romero (12-1)
Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. Raquel Pennington (8-5)
Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (25-12)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0) vs. Michael Johnson (18-10)
Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5)
Rafael Natal (21-7-1) vs. Tim Boetsch (19-10)
Jim Miller (27-8) vs. Thiago Alves (21-10)
TBA vs. Belal Muhammad (10-1)
Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-0)
*For UFC lightweight championship
**For UFC welterweight championship
***For UFC strawweight championship