UFC Official Refutes Dana White’s Claim about UFC 205

By Tom Taylor - September 21, 2016

UFC 205, which is scheduled for November 12 in New York City, is still without an official main event. The impression, however, has long been that the the card’s main event spot would be filled by a lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor.

ufc lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez

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Last night, this possibility was stamped out by a Twitter tag-team of UFC president Dana White and lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. The pair’s tweets suggested that Nurmagomedov would be Alvarez’s UFC 205 opponent, which rendered McGregor’s immediate future uncertain.

Yet, just hours removed from White and Nurmagomedov’s comments, the story of UFC 205’s main event has experienced another surprising twist. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Alavarez still plans to fight McGregor at UFC – not Nurmagomedov.

So, it appears that all is not lost for fight fans that were hoping for Alvarez vs. McGregor at UFC 205. While Dana White seems to be angling for an Alvarez vs. Nurmagomedov bout, this fight is clearly not a done deal. And of course, there’s always the possibility that this Alvarez-Nurmagomedov announcement is simply a negotiation tactic to trick the notoriously stubborn McGregor into playing ball…

Even without a headliner, UFC 205 is looking like a can’t-miss night of fighting. The biggest bout confirmed for the card thus far is a welterweight title fight between champ Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson.

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson


Elsewhere on the card, we’ll witness a welterweight showdown between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, while former middleweight champion Chris Weidman will look to back on track opposite streaking Olympian Yoel Romero.

Finally, the card will also be the home of a middleweight bout between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, a lightweight bout between Thiago Alves and Jim Miller, and a bantamweight bout between Liz Carmouche and Katlyn Chookagian. A featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens is also rumored for the event.

Donald Cowboy Cerrone

Do you think Conor McGregor will be a part of the UFC 205 lineup, or will Eddie Alvarez defend his title against Khabib Nurmagomedov instead? Sound off, PENN nation!


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