The card will mark the organization’s first ever trip to The Big Apple, and to celebrate this momentous occasions, they’ve stacked it to the rim with top talent.
The card will be topped by a lightweight title fight between divisional kingpin Eddie Alvarez and featherweight champion Conor McGregor. If McGregor successfully unseats Alvarez, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two divisions simultaneously.
The co-main event of the evening will pit welterweight champion Tyron Woodley with streaking karate specialist Stephen Thompson. Woodley will enter this bout having recently removed Robbie Lawler’s batteries with a first-round punch to win the divisional crown. Thompson, meanwhile, will enter the bout with seven-straight victories behind him, the most recent of which include knockouts of Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks, and a decision over Rory MacDonald.
That’s not where UFC 205’s title fights end. The third belt fight on the bill will see dominant strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk attempt to make the fourth defense of her title opposite fellow undefeated polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Since winning the title with a second-round mugging of Carla Esparza, Jedrzejczyk has defended it against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, and most recently, Claudia Gadelha. Kowalkiewicz, meanwhile, will enter the fight having recently cemented herself as the division’s top contender with a split win over Rose Namajunas.
Elsewhere on the main card, we’ll see former champions Chris Weidman and Miesha Tateattempt to rebound from the losses of their titles against Yoel Romero and Raquel Pennington respectively. We’ll also see TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum attempt to end the welterweight run of beloved gunslinger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
The undercard, finally, is highlighted by a featherweight scrap between Jeremy Stephens and Frankie Edgar, a middleweight bout between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, and a pair of lightweight battles between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson, and Thiago Alves and Jim Miller. Needless to say, this is one hell of a fight card.
In advance of this card, the UFC has put together a compilation of eight of the finest finishes produced by UFC 205’s many talented fighters. Watch it at the top of this post!
Which UFC 205 are you most excited for? Sound off, PENN Nation!