UFC 205 Saturday night was the greatest event UFC ever put together and was hyped up as such for months. Rarely does anything deliver after being hyped up that much, but UFC 205 sure did. There were a couple speed bumps in the days before with a couple big fights being scrapped, but the event moved on and made us forget about those fights with the quality of the fights we did get. With the great night being topped off by history being made by Conor McGregor being the first UFC fighter ever to hold two belts in two different weight classes simultaneously.
The night began with free prelims on Fox Sports 1 which were all exciting fights. It started off with two knockouts, then had two fights with four top-level fighters with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson and Jeremy Stephens vs. Frankie Edgar. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the second-ranked lightweight in the world, put on one of the best MMA performances you will ever see while dismantling the sixth-ranked Michael Johnson. With the victory, Khabib improved to 23-0 and could not be more impressive. His wrestling and control on the ground is as good as it gets, and he proved, once again, to be unstoppable. He seems to be the next in line for the title shot, and it is well deserved. It will be a great test for McGregor. Michael Johnson did have some early success on his feet, landing some big punches and actually hurting Khabib. He had him stunned, but Khabib survived, got Johnson to the ground, and the fight was over. For three rounds Khabib kept Johnson on his back and pummeled him. It seems as though he can do that to anyone, but some of those punches he took, he may not be able to take against people like Conor.
We saw the middleweight bout of the night between Yoel Romero and Chris Weidman for the number-one contender spot. it was a close fight in the third-round when Yoel Romero landed one of the best flying knees I have ever seen and split Weidman’s head wide open. He then rained down some hammer fist for good measure, as Weidman leaked all over the mat before the referee stopped the fight. Romero is undefeated and seems to be in line for the next title shot against Michael Bisping, who he called out after the fight. Romero’s explosion and power striking is very impressive and is yet to be solved inside the octagon. He makes for a very dangerous contender for any fighter.
The three championship fights started with the smallest weight class in the UFC, the women strawweight division. The 115-pound champion Joanna “Champion” Jedrzejczyk against another Polish-fighter, Karolina Kowalkiewicz. These two women stood and brawled for five set rounds of action. Joanna defended her belt for the fourth time, but she was as close to losing as she has been inside the octagon after big punches from Karolina which stunned her. She was in survival mode for the rest of the round. She showed the heart of a champion, regained her composure and continued her game plan to win the fight. Joanna continues to be the most impressive woman I have ever watched fight, and now the question with her is: who else is there to contend with her?
The welterweight championship between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson was a great fight. The fight went all five rounds and ended in a majority draw decision. Some people do not like draws, but I generally don’t mind that decision. It was a very close fight which, to me, seemed like Thompson won three of the five rounds. He was so close to losing in the fourth round which was the most significant moment in the fight. So the scoring goes first-round 10-9 for Woodley, second-round 10-9 Thompson, third-round 10-9 Thompson, fourth-round 10-8 Woodley, with the fifth-round going 10-9 Thompson. Two of the three judges had it that way which comes out to a 47-47 draw which is a majority draw. Woodley keeps his title and survives a very tough fight against a top level competitor. Who knows what is next now in that division, usually a draw in a title fight means a rematch, but nobody knows what the UFC will do.
The main event did not last long, but it did deliver. Conor McGregor became the first fighter ever to hold two belts at the same time, after bringing his 145 pound belt up and winning the 155 belt by completely destroying the champion, Eddie Alvarez. The man is incredible. It looked easy for him out there. He barely got touched. He put his hands behind his back at one point, and Eddie had no answer for anything. Conor used his length, and when he landed the left hand, Eddie fell. He dropped him three times in the first round, but Eddie survived. The second round came along, and it did not take long for Conor to land a perfect four-punch combo that put Eddie down-and-out. Conor has done exactly what he said he was going to do and became the first two-weight champion. This puts him in the mix of things at the top of the list as greatest fighters of all-time. It is hard to argue anything he says anymore, since he backs up everything he says. He made history last night giving UFC fans something they have never seen before in a venue that MMA has never been seen before. His greatness is undeniable, and I cannot wait to watch it continue.