With UFC Fight Club presale tickets for UFC 205 going on sale in less than a week with general tickets to the public going on sale to follow, it might seem tough for fans to decide on whether or not they will be putting their hard-earned cash down for a fight card that has not fully been announced yet.
With big names like Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez, and Chris Weidman not officially announced for bouts at the first UFC event since MMA was legalized in the Big Apple in 2016, there is a lot to consider for fans.
@UFCTonight tweeted on Wednesday that UFC President Dana White will be making the announcement this coming week. “Per @MeganOlivi, Dana White plans to announce the FULL #UFC205 fight card on Tuesday at a press conference in Madison Square Garden.”
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) September 22, 2016
So far, the confirmed bouts for UFC 205 include:
- Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
- Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
During the UFC Fight Night 94 weigh-in show, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley stated that he will be fighting Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson for his first title defense at UFC 205. The UFC has yet to make the official announcement.
The main event has yet to be announced and reports have been buzzing around a lightweight title fight between champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
MMA Insider @TalkMMA tweeted last week that the championship fight was nearly finalized. However, one main issue with the bout being made official was McGregor’s issue with having to give up his featherweight championship title.
On Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight, it was reported that McGregor was still recovering from a leg injury sustained in his UFC 202 fight against Nate Diaz. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that he spoke with sources close to “The Notorious” and they claimed his leg was fine and would be more than ready to fight at UFC 205 in November.
Prior to the report on UFC Tonight, Dana White dropped a bomb on twitter, replying to a single fan that McGregor would not be fighting Alvarez at UFC 205. Instead, he named Khabib Nurmagomedov as the UFC lightweight challenger slated to face Alvarez in New York. Perhaps this could have been a twitter negotiation tactic from White to get McGregor to drop his featherweight belt and sign to fight Alvarez. We have seen “The Notorious” try to use this strategy before.
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