SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016
New York, NY
UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor
UFC President Dana White has described UFC 205 as arguably the best card that the promotional company has ever put together. It’s hard to argue with White. Punctuated with a main event featuring UFC’s most prized fighter, Conor McGregor, UFC 205 figures to bring drama and excitement all night to New York on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Before getting into the McGregor versus Alvarez battle, let’s take a look at a few of the other fights on the UFC 205 main card.
#1 Miesha Tate, 18-6, battles #8 Raquel Pennington, 8-6. Tate and Pennington have never fought. Tate will want to get the game to the ground where she could use her grappling skills. Pennington may not mind that although she does land close to 4 strikes per minute while Tate lands close to 2 strikes per minute.
Former champion Chris Weidman takes on Yoel Romero in what has to be one of the most anticipated fights at UFC 205. Weidman is ranked #2. Romero is ranked #4. Weidman is 13-1. Romero is 11-1. Weidman averages 3.9 strikes per minute. Romero averages 3.44 strikes per minute. This should be an incredibly exciting event with the fighter getting in the best strikes coming out the winner. Wiedman does have an edge on the ground. It looks like Romero has the edge in striking power. 82% of his wins have come via KO or TKO.
Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at 12-0 fights to keep her belt against 10-0 challenger #2 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz. JJ lands close to 6.5 strikes per minute. While KK lands close to 6 strikes per minute. This should be a go at it fight from the beginning. The key for KK will be how she does on defense. KK has won 70% of her fights via decision. If JJ wants to keep the fight off the matt, she’ll be able to do that. If she wants to take it to the ground, she might be able to do that as well.
Tyron Woodley, at 16-3, offers up his welterweight championship belt in a battle against #2 Stephen Thompson, 13-1. Thompson has taken down Patrick Cote, Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks, and Rory McDonald in his last 4 fights. He’s shown versatility by knocking out Ellenberger and Hendricks and beating McDonald and Cote via decision. This will be Woodley’s 4th fight since 2014. He could have some trouble against Thompson in this one. This fight should be ultra-entertaining.
The main event has champion Eddie Alvarez battling champion Conor McGregor for the Lightweight Championship. Alvarez is 28-4. 61% of his wins have come via KO or TKO. McGregor has won 85% of his fights via KO or TKO. Alvarez has a decent chin. He’s also got power. But he’s kidding himself if he thinks he can down McGregor in a stand up fight. Alvarez might try different tactics in this battle than what he showed when landing with 45 strikes in Round 1 against Rafael Dos Anjos in his last, a Round 1 KO of Dos Anjos. If he doesn’t, McGregor should make short work of him.
There are other exciting fights on the card including #7 Donald Cerrone versus #5 Kelvin Gastelum and #1 Kahbib Nurmagomedov versus #5 Michael Johnson. Make sure to check the odds on those fights as well and enjoy UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York!
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor Mcgregor
McGregor came in as the UFC featherweight champion and he left as the only man to hold two titles simultaneously. He scored a second-round TKO win over Eddie Alvarez in the main event from Madison Square Garden.
Quite honestly, McGregor made it look easy. He dropped Alvarez three times in the first round with stiff left hands. Alvarez seemed legitimately shocked by the Irishman’s power.
The rugged champion survived the first round, but that only prolonged his demise. A nasty combination put Alvarez away in the second frame and McGregor had earned his second title while barely breaking a sweat.
Tyron Woodley vs2 Stephen Thompson
Wow, what a fight. Tyron Woodley retained his title after a brutal battle with Stephen Thompson. The bout was ruled a majority draw after it was first called a split-decision win for Woodley.
Two judges scored the fight a draw and the third had it 48-47 for Woodley. Bruce Buffer had to come back after Woodley’s post-fight interview had already begun to correct the result.
Woodley was disturbed by the mixup, but the correction was the right call. Woodley easily won the first round after taking Thompson down and doing some major damage from top position.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
She was busted up more than ever, but Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her title with a unanimous-decision victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Jedrzejczyk’s striking was again the key to her victory.
She more than tripled her opponent’s significant strikes and survived a tense moment in the fourth round. Kowalkiewicz caught Jedrzejczyk with a hard right hand and the champion was clearly dazed.
Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero is a scary dude. After fighting Chris Weidman to a near stalemate through the first two rounds, Romero put an emphatic end to the bout in the third round.
Romero caught Weidman with a flying knee as he was charging in and the latter was probably done before he hit the canvas. He fell under Romero, so referee Mario Yamasaki couldn’t see ho badly Weidman was hurt initially.
That caused Romero to deliver three or four more punches to Weidman and Yamasaki stopped the fight. Weidman stayed on the canvas for minutes afterward and he had a deep gash on the left side of his head.
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
The student beat the teacher on Saturday night and the sensai announced her retirement. Raquel Pennington used a steady and stiff jab to frustrate Miesha Tate throughout the fight.
Tate looked terribly slow the whole fight and couldn’t get her head out of the path of Pennington’s punches. In the third round, Tate tried to pull guard as a move of desperation, but she couldn’t gain an advantage or the positioning to secure a submission.
Once the fight was over, Tate asked for a moment on the mic and she promptly announced her retirement. She pointed to the amount of punsihment she’s taken and her disappointing performance as reasons for her decision.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.