- The fight week of all fight weeks has arrived! The greatest UFC card ever put together will be live on PPV from Madison Square Garden this Saturday, November 12! UFC 205 is the first event ever held in NYC, and they did not hold back. Three title fights are scheduled including “The Notorious” Conor McGregor trying to win a second belt and be the only fighter ever to hold two belts at the same time in the UFC. He is fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt. Tyron Woodley is defending his welterweight belt for the first time against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The third title fight is for the women strawweight belt between the champion Joanna “Champion” Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. A great fight between two fierce polish women. Chris Weidman will also be fighting Yoel Romero for a top contender shot in the middleweight division, and Donald Cerrone will fight Kelvin Gastelum to hash out places in the welterweight division.
There was no way Cerrone was not going to fight on this card. He would of fought anyone to fight in NYC. He got Kelvin Gastelum, who a lot of people may not know, but is a top-level competitor. He won The Ultimate Fighter and has beaten some good fighters along the way, including former champion Johnny Hendricks. It should make for a very exciting welterweight bout. The middleweight fight of the night is between former champion Chris Weidman and undefeated contender Yoel Romero. Most likely, this will be the champion contender fight, meaning the winner will fight the champion in their next fight. Weidman is a New York native and has been waiting for the opportunity to fight in his home city, and now it is finally here. He will be jacked up for this fight. We will have to wait, and see if he can control his excitement in the fight, which has shown to be difficult for some fighters fighting in front of their friends and families.
Joanna Champion is 115 pounds and the seventh pound-for-pound ranked fighter in the world today. She has defended her strawweight belt three times now and will defend it for the fourth time against another Polish woman, Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Two top of the line strikers, who will sure put on a kickboxing clinic for all the american girls in the division. Joanna puts together some of the best striking combinations in the UFC, male or female. Karolina is coming off of a victory over a fan-favorite, Rose Namajunas, to go to a perfect 10-0 in her career. She will have the biggest challenge of her life on Saturday night to protect that perfect record having to step inside the octagon with the best straight-up fighter ever. I like Joanna in this fight, most likely by decision from laying a beat down on Karolina, if Karolina can last five rounds, that is.
The welterweight title fight is such an intriguing fight. Woodley is so powerful and so explosive, while Thompson is so technical and so precise with his striking. When two contrasted styles like this get together it is always compelling to see which style will prevail. Woodley is coming in confident with the belt around his waist. Wonder boy has taken the UFC by storm with his kickboxing and karate background. He has one loss in his MMA career, which was to Matt Brown back in 2012. He has been on a tear ever since dominating his way through the best the welterweight division has to offer. His kicking accuracy is the best I have ever seen, and he controls the distance in his fights using kicks better than anyone I have seen. I think this will be the difference in the fight. Woodley needs to close the distance and land his power right overhand and get big take-downs to win this fight. Thompson will keep the distance and pick Woodley apart with his jab and kicks and will walk away the Welterweight Champion.
This main event is one for the ages. Never before has a fighter held two belts at the same time, which is what McGregor will be going for Saturday night. I think this is a goal he will achieve. Alvarez needs to wrestle if he has a chance in this fight. If Alvarez wins this fight it means it would most likely be a boring fight, where Alvarez controls the fight against the cage pressing Conor and taking him down, keeping him on his back for the majority of the fight. The longer Eddie stands and exchanges with Conor, it will only be a matter of time before Conor lands his left hand. Conor will walk away with two belts, and be the first to ever hold the two simultaneously (even though he’s never going to fight at 145 again). It is going to be the best night of fights any fight fan will ever see, and it will not disappoint! I guarantee you that!