UFC 205 is set to be one of the biggest events in the history of the UFC. The headliner matches up two No. 1 ranked fighters. In the co-main event, featherweight champion Conor McGregor could be the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time if he can manage to knockoff lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez. McGregor has become the face of the sport and arguably the most popular figure in its history. Love him or hate him, his fights are always electric.
Much More Than McGregor
Even if McGregor wasn’t on this card, this would still be one of the most momentous nights in the history of the sport. This is the first time a UFC event will be held in New York after Governor Mario Cuomo signed the bill making the state of the New York the final state in the nation to legalize professional MMA fighting. For this historic occasion, there is no more appropriate place to begin than Madison Square Garden. This is one of the most storied venues in sports history, and the atmosphere will be incredible.
This is a big day for the sport. New York is a huge market that will help to make the UFC even more popular. The ability to host UFC events at Madison Square Garden is a big plus. This is just one more stepping stone as the UFC moves from fringe sport further into the mainstream.
In the other co-main event, Tyron Woodley will have the first defense of his welterweight belt when he faces off against Stephen Thompson. This is a rough test for Woodley in his first defense. He is facing the No. 2-challenger, and Thompson has won seven fights in a row with a number of impressive performances. This fight should be full of fireworks.
In the first of three title fights on the night, Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her strawweight belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. With Ronda Rousey talking about retiring soon, Jedrzejczyk may be the most popular women’s fighter left in the UFC. A big win here could help her fame grow.
Homecoming for Weidman`
Perhaps the most interesting non-title fight on the main card is the middleweight matchup between Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero. Both men have something to prove coming into this one. Weidman, who is coming back from a neck injury that needed surgery, is looking to show that he is ready to challenge for his former belt. Romero has never lost at middleweight in the UFC, and he is looking to put his PDA suspension behind him.
Other Cards Stacked as Well
This main card is one of the best ever, but the prelims are loaded too. Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens should be fun in the finale of the prelims. Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy is another prelim fight that should be highly entertaining. Fight fans may also want to tune in to the UFC Fight Pass finale that features Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller. The action will be intense from start to finish in the first UFC event in New York.