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A Casual Fan’s Guide to UFC 205

Brice Schroeder

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UFC 205 McGregor Alvarez

UFC 200 was dubbed the greatest fight card ever assembled.

It was only able to hold onto that moniker for four short months when UFC 205 started to come together.

Amazing fight lineups like UFC 205 always bring casual fans out of the woodwork and to their television sets.  Whether they are drawn in by their fight-loving friend, the Conor McGregor show, or even just plain curiosity spurred by the extra media coverage, there will be millions of people watching on November 12th.

This article is for the new fans who are not the typical “watch every fight” MMA fan.  This will help you understand what is truly on the line in Madison Square Garden and the back stories of the fighters competing.  Hopefully, this will make your viewing experience that much more enjoyable.

If you are a fellow diehard MMA fan, share this with your friends who are watching this awesome sport for the first time.  It will save you the time explaining everything to your friends at your watch party or at the bar.  Who knows, maybe they will become hardcore fans like yourself.

This guide will break down the main card (pay-per-view) fights in depth with a quick glance at the preliminary fights.  I hope this makes UFC 205 that much more awesome for you.

 

The first two fights of the night will be streamed on the UFC’s digital service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30PM ET

  • Fight #1 – #9 Liz Carmouche (9-5) vs. #14 Katlyn Chookagian (8-0) – 135lbs
  • Fight #2 – Jim Miller (27-8, 1NC) vs. Thiago Alves (26-10) – 155lbs

Most casual fans will not be watching these fights, as they are only available on the UFC’s online subscription service.  If you are lucky enough to have access to Fight Pass, make sure you watch the Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller fight!  Both guys have been around for a long time and are rarely in boring fights.  They are a perfect way to kick off the night.

Fox Sports 1 Prelims – 8:00PM ET

  • Fight #3 – Vicente Luque (10-5-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-1) – 170lbs
  • Fight #4 – #14 Rafael Natal (21-7-1) vs. Tim Boetsch (19-10) – 185lbs
  • Fight #5 – #2 Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0) vs. #6 Michael Johnson (18-10) – 155lbs
  • Fight #6 – #2 Frankie Edgar (19-5-1) vs. #7 Jeremy Stephens (25-12) – 145lbs

Usually, the prelims are occupied by good, but not spectacular fighters.  That is certainly not the case on this night.  Most of these fights could be main events on other UFC cards, but the UFC is giving them to us free of charge (provided you have Fox Sports 1).  Just to highlight just how awesome these fights will be, Khabib Nurmagomedov is widely considered the best lightweight in the world and wrestled bears as a young kid and he couldn’t even make the prelim main event!

An awesome fight between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy was scrapped at the last minute.  It’s a real bummer that this fight was canceled as Evans is a former UFC champion about to try out a new weight class and Kennedy is an Army Ranger who is featured on ISIS kill lists. There is a chance they could keep Kennedy on the card and we will pass along any updates as they become available.

 

Main Card – 10:00PM ET – Pay-per-view (These are the fights most of you will be watching)

  • Fight #7 – #1 Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. #8 Raquel Pennington (8-6) – 135lbs

Miesha is arguably the most famous female fighter not named Ronda in the UFC.  She is the most recent former champion of the 135lb women’s weight class and this is her first fight since losing her championship belt.  Tate is super well rounded as she is just as comfortable taking you down and using her grappling as she is punching you in the face.  Miesha is currently dating top 10 bantamweight fighter, Bryan Caraway.  Miesha is the favorite to beat Pennington in this fight as she is currently listed as nearly a 2-1 favorite by most odds makers.

Raquel Pennington is best known for her gritty close fights.   She is as tough as they come and is currently riding a 3 fight winning streak.  She is currently dating UFC strawweight fighter Tecia Torres.

 

  • Fight #8 – #5 Kelvin Gastelum (13-2) vs. #6 Donald Cerrone (31-7, 1NC) – 170lbs

Kelvin Gastelum has had a complicated career in the UFC.  When he makes it to the cage healthy and on weight he has the ability to beat some of the best fighters in the world.  The problem is he has missed weight multiple times.  His weight cutting has forced him to move back and forth between 170 and 185lbs during his run with the UFC.  A win over a fan favorite like Donald Cerrone would go a long way in putting his out of the cage issues behind him and inch himself that much closer to a title shot

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is literally what one would assume a modern day cowboy to be.  The guy lives on a giant ranch where some of his hobbies include riding bulls.  UFC president Dana White has had to have several sit-downs with Cerrone regarding his wakeboarding or skydiving the week of his fights.  Also you best believe Donald will be downing Budweisers with a mouth full of dip at the post-fight press conference.  After a successful stint as a 155lb fighter, Donald has made a new home at 170lbs where he has reeled off 3 impressive finishes.  Kelvin will be his toughest test since entering the welterweight division, but cowboy is still listed as a slight favorite at most Vegas sports books.

 

  • Fight #9 – #2 Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. #4 Yoel Romero (11-1) – 185lbs

Chris Weidman has been waiting for this moment his entire career.  MMA was illegal in his home state of New York until legislation finally passed this year.  No one pushed harder for the sports legalization than Weidman, who has been lobbying for a chance to fight in NY for several years now.  Weidman is a former champion who is best known as knocking out the seemingly invincible Anderson Silva to win the belt before defeating Silva again in the rematch when Anderson’s leg shattered while kicking Weidman.  During this fight try to listen to Chris’s coaches who are two of the most entertaining corner men in all of MMA.  Chris is a slight favorite against Romero.

Yoel Romero is a former Cuban Olympic silver medalist wrestler who may be the most terrifying looking fighter in MMA.  The dude is jacked beyond belief and uses his ridiculous strength to drag his opponents to the ground or knock them out cold.  He is coming off of a six-month suspension for PED’s but was able to prove he took his supplements without knowing there were in fact banned substances in them.  That suspension derailed what looked to be a no doubt title shot after he won a razor thin decision against top 5 middleweight Jacare Souza.  An impressive win by either of these men will put them in a title fight against Michael Bisping.

  • Fight #10 – (C) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) vs. #2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0) – 115lb TITLE FIGHT

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Yo-on-ah Young-jay-check) may not look like much, but she is a stone cold killer.  She has the best stand up in women’s MMA and has used it to perfection in her UFC career as she is currently undefeated with 3 title defenses.  She is a fan favorite for her awesome fight style and trash talk.  Joanna is a 4-1 favorite over her opponent in this historic fight which features two Polish fighters vying for a championship.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Co-wal-kay-vich) was a relative unknown in the sport until her 3 wins in the UFC.  Her most recent triumph over Rose Namajunas left little doubt as to her validity as a championship contender.  Karolina is a decorated striker in her own right and has trained in Muay Thai and Krav Maga since she was 16 years old.  One of these fighters will suffer their first career loss on Saturday night.

  • Fight #11 – (C) Tyron Woodley (16-3) vs. #2 Stephen Thompson (13-1) – 170lb TITLE FIGHT

Tyron (don’t call him Tyrone) is defending his championship belt for the first time at UFC 205.  His win over former champion, Robbie Lawler, spoiled what many fans thought to be a dream fight between Lawler and Thompson.  Those dreams were shattered when Woodley leveled Lawler with a devastating knockout and will be looking to do the same to Thompson.  Woodley was an All-American wrestler at Missouri and pairs those elite grappling skills with scary power in his punches.  Woodley is actually a 2-1 underdog despite being the reigning champion.  He has a chance to prove he is truly the best in the world on Saturday night.

Stephen Thompson has been on an absolute terror using a fighting style many of you probably practiced as kids.  Thompson is a Karate based fighter and is currently on a 7 fight win streak that is littered with fantastic knockouts.  Outside of the cage, you would never guess he knocks other men unconscious for a living as he is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.  He is 20-0 as a professional kickboxer outside of MMA.

  • Fight #12 – (C – Lightweight) Eddie Alvarez (28-4) vs. (C – Featherweight) Conor McGregor (20-3) – 155 TITLE FIGHT

Let’s be honest, this is the reason most of you are watching these fights.  Conor is without a doubt the biggest star this sport has ever seen.  He continually shatters pay-per-view records and is cashing checks no one had ever thought possible in this sport.  He is essentially the Floyd Mayweather of MMA (minus the domestic violence).  McGregor will be looking to become the first fighter to ever hold two championship belts at the same time.  He is currently the 145lb champion and is looking to add lightweight champion to his resume.  His trash talk outside the cage gets people to tune in, but his actual fighting skills are what have made this meteoric rise sustainable.  The man hits people and they go to sleep, it is what he does.  He knocked out one of the greatest fighters of all time, Jose Aldo, in just 13 seconds to claim his first championship.  He has yet to defend that championship, instead, he has fought two fights with UFC 155 pounder Nate Diaz.  After losing the first bout with Diaz he was able to exact his revenge in a close win to set up this historic fight.

Eddie Alvarez is the anti-McGregor outside the cage.  He is as blue collar as they come, hailing from a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia, Alvarez brings that same mindset in the cage.  Alvarez was widely considered the best fighter outside of the UFC for a long stint in his career.  His UFC debut came much later than expected after a long legal battle over his contract status with number two MMA promotion, Bellator where he reigned as their lightweight champion.  After losing his UFC debut to Cowboy Cerrone, Alvarez went on a 3 fight winning streak that culminated in a shocking knockout over former champion, Rafael dos Anjos.  Alvarez will most likely look to take McGregor down to the mat where Conor is at his weakest.  This will no doubt be Conor’s toughest test after struggling in his two fights against a traditionally good, but not great fighter in Nate Diaz.  The odds reflect this close fight as Conor is a slight favorite over Alvarez.

 

Thank you for reading this guide to UFC 205.  I hope it makes Saturday night that much more awesome for you.  If you would like a more in-depth X’s and O’s technical breakdown of the fights, please look for Dan Tom’s (@TheMMAnalyst on Twitter) fight breakdown which will be published by MMA Latest in the next few days.  As always please check in with MMA Latest (@MMALatestnws) for all of your MMA needs.

Enjoy the fights!

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.

Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.


MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST

  • Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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