UFC 205 might be the biggest and best card the organisation has put together in its 23-year history. At the very least it’s a worthy contender to top any list ranked by size or quality.
Returning to the State of New York for the first time since UFC 7 back in 1995, UFC 205 marks the end of a 20-year struggle to get MMA back into the state. Three UFC championship fights in arguably the three most compelling divisions in the company right now. An undercard which features four former UFC champions, and another three fighters who have previously challenged for a UFC title.
Perhaps bigger than all that if it is achieved, is the attempt by Conor McGregor to do something that was believed to be unachievable. When the Irishman sets foot in the octagon to challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title in Madison Square Garden, he has the opportunity to become the first ever fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.
Since punching his way to the featherweight title in December 2015, knocking out Jose Aldo in only 13 seconds, McGregor has shared a win and a loss with Nate Diaz in 2016’s surprise feud of the year. Now UFC 205 presents him with his toughest challenge to date.
Eddie Alvarez has been one of the best 155 pound fighters on the planet for almost a decade. In dethroning Rafael dos Anjos in July, Alvarez became the first fighter to list Bellator and UFC gold on his resume.
The supporting cast in New York is spectacularly good. Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson collide with the welterweight title on the line. Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz inject a little Polish Power into the Garden over the strawweight title. Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero look to clarify the pecking order at 185 pounds.
The lineup is stacked so heavily that Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov can’t even make it onto the main card. Edgar last fought on the prelims at UFC 73 back in 2007. So far back that Kenny Florian and Heath Herring were on the card, and Tito Ortiz was in the co-main event.
The full UFC 205 card is detailed below, including the broadcast times around the world. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back throughout the week as any last minute changes to the lineup and scheduling will be updated right here.
* EDIT: It was reported on Tuesday that Rashad Evans is out of his middleweight bout with Tim Kennedy. With only a few days notice, the fight has been removed from the card. The middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Rafael Natal has been moved from Fight Pass onto the FOX Sports 1 prelims in its place.
** EDIT: The welterweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum was pulled from the main card when Gastelum failed to weigh in the day before the event.
Main Card – PPV (U.S./Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 10PM EDT, 7PM PDT, 3AM GMT
- Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor – UFC Lightweight Title
- Welterweight: Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson – UFC Welterweight Title
- Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC Strawweight Title
- Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
- Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Preliminary Card – FOX Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN 5 (Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 8PM EDT, 5PM PDT, 1AM GMT
- Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
- Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch
- Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
Early Preliminary Card – UFC Fight Pass: 7.00PM EDT, 4.00PM PDT, 12.00AM GMT
- Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
- Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*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)
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