Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez Will Headline UFC 205
It’s official: Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez will headline UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is McGregor’s chance to become the first fighter in the history of UFC to hold two titles in two separate weight classes.
The match between featherweight champion McGregor and lightweight champion Alvarez will only be for Alvarez’s title. However, despite McGregor once again neglecting to defend the title he won last December, UFC will not require him to vacate the featherweight belt. Granted, if McGregor ends up winning the lightweight title, he just might vacate the featherweight title of his own volition.
This is the culmination of a long journey for McGregor, who attempted to become UFC’s first double titleholder back in March against then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. But dos Anjos suffered an injury just before the fight, so McGregor didn’t get his title opportunity. Hell, things actually went considerably worse for McGregor, as dos Anjos was replaced by Nate Diaz, who went on to choke McGregor out, delivering the first UFC loss to the Irish fighter at UFC 196.
Of course, while it might be easy to criticize McGregor for once again neglecting to defend his featherweight title, it should be noted that Alvarez himself was crucial in getting this fight signed. Early reports had Alvarez lined up to defend his title against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is a whopping 23-0. Nurmagomedov had even signed fight agreements for a match-up either at UFC 205 or 206. But Alvarez wanted the fight with McGregor, so Nurmagomedov will have to wait a bit longer to get his shot. He might have to wait longer if McGregor actually wins, since McGregor will likely be forced to defend his featherweight title first before accepting any more lightweight fights. That is, if McGregor doesn’t simply vacate the featherweight belt and go lightweight full-time. But even if he doesn’t, who knows what McGregor’s next fight will be? For at least the past two fights, it’s been expected that McGregor would defend his featherweight belt for his next fight, but it never really pans out.
But back to UFC 205, as this is shaping up to be one of the strongest fight cards of the year. In addition to McGregor vs. Alvarez in the main event, Tyron Woodley will defend the welterweight title against Stephen Thompson, Joanna Jedrzejcyzk will defend the strawweight title against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. And those are just the title fights. Check out the full card for UFC 205 below:
UFC 205 FULL CARD
Lightweight title: Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor
Welterweight title: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
Strawweight title: Joanna Jedrzejcyzk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans
Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Welterweight: Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Women’s Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
For what it’s worth, I think there is a huge potential buyrate in McGregor giving a rematch to interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo. I sincerely doubt a 13-second knockout happens a second time, and I think Aldo has been prepping for nearly a year now to achieve redemption for that loss. I definitely feel like that could be an exciting fight. Sure, maybe McGregor will just win again, but I’m not sure Aldo is going to make it easy on him.
But what do you think? Sound off in the comments!
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