UFC 205 is finally set to happen at Madison State Garden on November 12, 2016 marking the fight promotion company’s first time in New York City. Initial speculation among MMA fans and analysts pointed to an Eddie Alvarez- Conor McGregor clash at the event, but talks have begun to dwindle as UFC 205 draws nearer.
A recent tweet by UFC president Dana White seemed to have put the nail on the coffin in terms of an Alvarez-McGregor fight at UFC 205.
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 21, 2016
White is referring to Khabib Nurmagomedov who is presently the top contender for the UFC lightweight belt having won seven straight fights in his division. He is currently undefeated with a 23-0 record in his entire MMA career.
So it makes perfect sense that the fighter is just waiting in line for his turn to take a crack at lightweight champ Alvarez.
Me and Dana just waiting for Eddie to sign. I promise I will finish you fast and with no pain. https://t.co/4Zv9j8xejZ
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) September 21, 2016
Eddie Alvarez fails to sign contract for UFC 205
Unfortunately (and apparently), Alvarez failed to make the UFC 205 signing deadline killing chances of an Alvarez-Nurmagomedov bout in New York. Current speculation is the title bout will now be happening at UFC 206 in Toronto.
UFC Tonight also confirmed the news, issuing an announcement via Twitter.
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) September 22, 2016
With this bit of news, the current fight card for UFC 205 now includes a title match for the welterweight belt between current champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, as well as a middleweight bout between former champ Chris Weidman and surging Yoel Romero.
The rest of the confirmed fight cards are listed below.
- Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Gian Villante
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
- Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Not a bad list by the standards of UFC fans, but still lacking some much-wanted star power, especially for a historical fight at the Garden. Although an Alvarez-McGregor or Nurmagomedov would have truly been bloody good icing on the cake.
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