Finally, we’re here.
Live from the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York is UFC 205.
Saturday night marks the UFC’s first event in the Empire State since the sport of mixed martial arts became legal earlier this year. After years of hard-fought political and legal battles in New York, the dust has settled and the promotion has completely stacked the deck to bring an incredible line up of fights to New York City for this landmark event.
Three title fights, seven current or former UFC champions, and a host of other fan-favorites have set the stage to make this event an all-time record breaker.
One man attempting to permanently etch his name in the record books is “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, as he attempts to become the UFC’s first multi-division champion. Currently holding the UFC Featherweight Championship, the Irishman will look to add the UFC Lightweight Championship to his trophy case as well, a feat that has never been accomplished in the UFC. Standing in his way of history is one of the toughest fighters in the game, a man who has held titles under multiple promotions, Eddie Alvarez. The Philadelphia native’s crowning UFC moment was during International Fight Week earlier this year when he knocked out Rafael dos Anjos in the first round. Tension has been high throughout fight week, and the pair both believe they will get their hand raised on Saturday evening.
The co-main event is a title fight in the welterweight division between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and the newly crowned champ, Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley. In the ultimate clash of styles, will lighting-fast speed and vicious power prevail over style and precision? Woodley brings an impressive powerful striking style along with strong wrestling to the cage whereas Thompson with his point-karate style, brings accuracy and well-timed, fight-ending strikes from all angles. Woodley will look to defend his title for the first time since knocking out Robbie Lawler to earn the belt, while Stephen Thompson will look to stretch his winning streak to eight, in addition to becoming a champion in the process.
In a battle of undefeated strawweights, the country of Poland will be on the edge of their seats as Karolina Kowalkiewicz looks to end the reign of destruction from the champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Both ladies will put their undefeated records on the line, while UFC gold hangs in the balance. These two bitter rivals who have crossed each other’s paths in the past and have now brought their talents to Madison Square Garden to settle the score on the biggest stage of 2016.
Follow along with the official results of the fights below, which will be updated at the conclusion of each bout. For up to the moment action, follow on Twitter (@MMALatestnws)as we keep you updated on the event as it unfolds.
The official results of UFC 205 are below:
Main Card – PPV (U.S./Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 10PM EDT, 7PM PDT, 3AM GMT
- (C – LW) Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. (C – FW) Conor McGregor (21-3)
- Result: Conor McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez via Knockout (Punch), Round 2 – 3:04
- (C) Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs. #2 Stephen Thompson (13-1-1)
- Result: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson declared Majority Draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47)
- (C) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. #2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1)
- Result: Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- #2 Chris Weidman (13-2) vs. #4 Yoel Romero (12-1)
- Result: Yoel Romero def. Chris Weidman via TKO (Flying Knee), Round 3 – 0:24
- #1 Miesha Tate (18-7) vs. #8 Raquel Pennington (9-6)
- Result: Raquel Pennington def. Miesha Tate via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card – FOX Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN 5 (Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 8PM EDT, 5PM PDT, 1AM GMT
- #2 Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. #7 Jeremy Stephens (25-13)
- Result: Frankie Edgar def. Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- #2 Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) vs. #6 Michael Johnson (18-11)
- Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson via Submission (Kimura), Round 3 – 2:31
- #14 Rafael Natal (21-8-1) vs. Tim Boetsch (20-10)
- Result: Tim Boetsch def. Rafael Natal via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 3:22
- Vicente Luque (11-5-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-2)
- Result: Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammad via Knockout (Punch), Round 1 – 1:19
Early Preliminary Card – UFC Fight Pass: 7.00PM EDT, 4.00PM PDT, 12.00AM GMT
- Jim Miller (28-8, 1NC) vs. Thiago Alves (26-11)
- Result: Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- #9 Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. #14 Katlyn Chookagian (8-1)
- Result: Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.
This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.
Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK
- Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
- Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)
Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK
- 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
- Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
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