With the UFC’s historic inaugural show at the Madison Square Garden on November 12th quickly approaching, reports regarding bouts for the highly anticipated event have begun to surface.
While a matchup between former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone was one of the first fights set for the event, Lawler pulled out of the fight because of his recent KO loss at the hands of Tyron Woodley.
Now, former UFC champion Rashad Evans has announced that he will be making his middleweight debut at UFC 205 against Tim Kennedy. The fight, which was rumored for quite some time, has now been made official.
Evans broke the news on CBS sports, saying:
“I’m a New Yorker, from upstate New York, for my whole career I’ve always wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden. It’s a dream come true.”
He will be welcoming top ranked middleweight Tim Kennedy back to the Octagon for the first time since his controversial UFC 178 loss to Yoel Romero.
Since then, Kennedy has been on an indefinite hiatus from the Octagon. With that being said, earlier this year he ended his retirement. After several perspective matchups fell through, Kennedy now officially has a date, and opponent, set for his highly anticipated return to the Octagon.
While no main event has been announced for the stacked card, a report earlier this week indicated that the UFC is looking to book Conor Mcgregor vs. Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight.