Dana White has finally confirmed the fight card for UFC 205, and MMA fans will surely be delighted by the incredible line up in what would be the fight promotion company’s (re) debut in New York. Initially Billed to have two title bouts, the UFC president made an additional headlining match which will also (possibly) make history, pitting featherweight champ Conor McGregor against lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez.
Initial rumors had McGregor listed against fighters like Jose Aldo, GSP (?!) and an injury. Although other analysts simply believed that the reports were only used to hype up the fight.
And it worked.
UFC 205 to break PPV records?
Even before the announcement of the UFC 205 main card, analysts had already forecasted around 1.5 million buys for a McGregor fight, after his successful bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. That event alone had already raked in 1.65 million buys, breaking UFC PPV records. A stacked card, and a dream match all seem to indicate that the record will again be broken.
The McGregor-Alvarez main card will also be co-headlined by two other title fights. The first being a welterweight bout between current champion Tyron Woodley against top contender Stephen Thompson. Another fight between women’s strat weight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz rounds out the three title matches at UFC 205.
The event marks the UFC’s return to New York, ever since the city banned professional mixed martial arts in 1997. UFC 205 also sees McGregor attempt to be only the third fighter to hold two belts in different divisions and the first one to do it simultaneously. BJ Penn and Randy Couture both won multiple titles, but neither one held on to their belts at the same time.
Meanwhile, not everyone was happy with the UFC 205 fight card announcement.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was rumored to be slated to face Eddie Alvarez at UFC 206 in Toronto, immediately took to Twitter to vent his frustration.
I have two bout agreements that bullshit champ refuses to sign. I got used the whole time to make Conor and Eddie get on their knees and beg
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) September 27, 2016
Interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo is probably unhappy with the decision as well, having requested for another shot at McGregor ever since Notorious knocked him out last December. But obviously, Aldo will just have to sit and wait.
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