UFC 205 will without doubt be the biggest UFC pay-per-view event in the company’s history since its creation in 1994. The event is full of some cracking contests, including Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her Strawweight title against fellow Polish competitor Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Both females are undefeated and have faced eachother before in an amateur fight, where the Champion, Joanna, came out on top. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson comes up against the new Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, which is an interesting fight for any true MMA fan. The main event see’s the reigning Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez take on the Featherweight champ, Conor McGregor in his quest to become the first ever two weight world champion. But, what are the key things to look out for in what is surely going to be the biggest MMA event ever?
1 – The return of Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman will return in 10 days time 11 months after he lost his Middleweight title to Luke Rockhold. The All-American Weidman comes up against another returning top contender in Yoel Romero in what is sure to be one of the fights of the night. Weidman has a point to prove at Madison Square Garden, fighting in his hometown for the first time, he wants to get back to winning ways. Weidman is famous for dethroning Anderson Silva, after he defeated the great twice, once though was due to Silva breaking his leg in their second bout. After pulling out of his UFC 199 fight with Luke Rockhold, there is no better time for the former Champ to return to the Octagon.
2 – Three huge title bouts
There are three title bouts taking place at the Garden. One of which see’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk take on Karolina Kowalkiewicz. It’s an interesting fight as no lady has been able to stop Joanna destroying the Strawweight division so far. Claudia Gadhela came closest, but was unable to hold on to get the W. Karolina has been on a win streak of her own and most recently defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 201 in July.
UFC commentator Jon Anik even pointed out how vicious the current champ looks in training. Will she be victorious once more at 205?
Also, Tyron Woodley defends his belt for the first time since his first round KO over Robbie Lawler. The power of Woodley may be a worry for Stephen Thompson, but “Wonderboy” himself can pop up with spectacular finishes himself, most notably his headkick against Jake Ellenberger. Instagram page “justmma” even poked some fun at Ellenberger’s comments before the fight, where he laughed at Stephen Thompson’s fighting style.
Thompson’s most recent victory came against Rory MacDonald, and both Woodley and “Wonderboy” are ready for their clash in 10 days time.
The main event see’s one man looking to make history, Conor McGregor. The Notorious was set to fight Rafael Dos Anjos back in March for the Lightweight title but after the Brazilian withdrew due to a foot injury, McGregor then went on to have a famous rivalry with Nate Diaz. Now though it’s back to business. McGregor today flies to New York for final preparation, and sets his sights on becoming the first ever two weight world Champ.
Conor has been putting in the hard work, however Eddie Alvarez is no slouch. He dispatched of Dos Anjos in the first round back in July, and has gathered up famous wins over Anthony Pettis and Gelbert Melendez. In what will be just his fifth UFC fight, Alvarez will look to make a statement and show himself as a real Champion by defending his belt for the first time.
3 – Frankie Edgar’s last fight at Featherweight?
Frankie Edgar takes on Jeremy Stephens in the UFC 205 prelims, a fight worthy of being high up on the main card. After losing to José Aldo at UFC 200, Edgar has talked about dropping down to Bantamweight and challenging Dominic Cruz. Obviously Cruz has his sights set on a fight with Cody Garbrandt then more than likely a rematch with TJ Dillashaw, but if “The Answer” Edgar does move down to the 135lbs division, he will be a top contender almost immediately.
Stephens has also been gaining a lot of confidence and has a famous win over Rafael Dos Anjos himself. He wants to challenge for that featherweight belt, but was rather embarrassed when he called out Conor McGregor at the UFC 205 press conference.
4 – Cowboy to establish himself as a top contender at Welterweight
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been on a war path him since moving up to 170lbs. At UFC 205 he takes on Kelvin Gastelum who’s fresh off a UFC 200 victory over Johnny Hendricks. Cowboy has gathered 3 wins in 2016 and now looks towards his 4th fight at Welterweight this year. Should he defeat Gastelum we could end up seeing Cerrone finally fighting Robbie Lawler which was set for UFC 205 but Lawler pulled out. Maybe we could see Cerrone come up against one of then other top contenders if he wins.
After a dominant victory of Johnny Henricks in July, TUF 17 winner Gastelum now hopes to upset Cerrone and go on himself and try and earn a title shot, but he may have to come up against one of the top contenders himself first, with Demian Maia next in line for a title shot.
5 – The last of Conor McGregor for now?
The rumour has it that win or lose, Conor McGregor will be taking a year out after UFC 205 for personal reasons. According to various Tabloid newspapers and other sources, McGregor will take time out to spend with his family and girlfriend Dee Devlin.
There have been all kinds of rumours as to what is going to happen, but first The Notorious has to focus on his fight with Alvarez. His plans where to get pictures with both belts on his shoulders should he be victorious. McGregor told Sports Illustrated “Let me see the publications with a belt on each shoulder first. Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise to world titles, never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the things, let me do it. ”
Dana White has said that McGregor has already broken the gate record for UFC 205 and McGregor already holds 3 of the top 5 highest pay-per-view buys in UFC history, thanks to UFC 202 vs Diaz which racked up over 1.6 million buys, UFC 196 vs Diaz with 1.6 million buys and UFC 194 where he defeated José Aldo in 13 seconds which had 1.4 million PPV buys.
With UFC 205 expected to break the gate record, do you think it will?
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