The Ultimate Fighting Championship has finally made it to The Big Apple (Madison Square Garden). On November 12th, UFC 205 will be hosted in the world’s most famous arena with one of the most stacked fight cards in mixed martial arts history. The featherweight champion, Connor McGregor headlines the main event facing lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for a historic title fight. On top of that, we got welterweight champion Tyron Woodley facing off Stephen “Wonder boy” Thompson and the strawweight champion Joanna Jendrzejczyk, who is defending her belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. In addition, we got Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero, Donald Cerrone, Kelvin Gastelum, Miesha Tate and many more on this stacked historic fight card. We have many fights to breakdown so enjoy.
Eddie Alvarez (C) vs. Connor McGregor (C):
The featherweight champion versus the lightweight champion. The Irishman versus the boy from Philly. On November 12th, we are going to witness history in the making. For the first time ever in UFC history, we may witness a two-weight world champion carrying two belts consecutively. This has never been done before and the notorious one plans on making history by taking on the lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at 155 lbs. The lightweight belt is on the line but this fight is not an easy fight for the Irishman.
The wrestling of Connor has been questionable. Obviously, Eddie Alvarez has the advantage in the wrestling aspect. After seeing what Chad Mendes did to Connor back in UFC 189, it is hard to imagine what would happen if Alvarez is successful with the takedown. However, one thing to notice is the reach disadvantage for Alvarez. Connor is much bigger, longer and taller. We have seen from the past what the featherweight champ can do to the smaller opponent. It is a dangerous fight on the feet for Alvarez but it is also a dangerous fight on the ground for McGregor. Another thing to look out for is Connor’s fitness. He did just fight ten weeks ago at UFC 202 with a historical five round bout against Nate Diaz. Connor did come out of that fight injured and came out with a close decision against a top level guy in Nate Diaz.
Prediction: (Winner – Connor McGregor – Decision)
Tyron Woodley (C) vs. Stephen Thompson
During the co-main event, the champ Tyron Woodley will be taking on the #1 contender, Stephen “Wonder Boy” Thompson for the welterweight belt at a 170 lbs. Both fighters coming off very impressive wins. Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley won the belt back in UFC 201; knocking out Robbie Lawler for the 170lb belt as well as Stephen Thompson, leading up to seven impressive consecutive wins.
One thing that stands out in this matchup is Wonder Boy’s fighting style. He is unpredictable, his kicks are amazing, his footwork is excellent, and his defence is outstanding as well. He is an elite fighter with an outstanding kickboxing record. Wonder Boy knows how to keep the distance with his opponents and is great at controlling fights with his elite striking. He wins this fight once he establishes the distance in this fight. If he is able to control the distance. We may have a new welterweight champ at UFC 205.
However, Tyron Woodley is no walkover. He is the champ for a reason. He did just knock out one of the best welterweights ever in the matter of minutes. His right hand is nasty and I do not think anyone in the UFC can take Woodley’s right hand. Another important factor is the wrestling of Tyron Woodley. He is an outstanding wrestler and if Woodley is able to take down Thompson, then this fight may end up going to Woodley. The champ’s best shot at Thompson is to act as the aggressor through five rounds. Woodley has to push the pace, shoot for a lot of takedowns and do a ton of clinch fighting.
Prediction: (Winner – Tyron Woodley – Split Decision)
Joanna Jendrzejczyk (C) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Another championship fight on this historic card. Two Polish female fighters, the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk facing off Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the strawweight strap. Two great strikers that are definitely going to put on a show at Madison Square Garden for women’s MMA.
Looking at the fight, we know that both are very excellent on the feet but the question is who has more firepower and who can outlast who? By looking at Joanna’s previous fights against Claudia Gadelha and Valerie Letourneau, we can see how durable Joanna is in a five round fight. We can also see how she is able to pick up the pace as the fight goes on. That would play a huge factor for this fight. She is the champion for a reason and a great champion. This fight is going to be a good one and going to be great for Polish MMA.
Prediction: (Winner – Joanna Jendrzejczyk – Decision)
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
The former middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be taking on Yoel Romero (4th in Middleweight rankings). Very interesting matchup and the winner may be next in line for a title shot with the middleweight belt. Romero undefeated in the UFC and Chris Weidman coming off a big loss to Luke Rockhold back in UFC 194. Both very high level wrestlers and great athletes but the biggest “if” factor is who has the advantage and where?
One thing to take into consideration is the big age difference. Yoel Romero is 37-years old and Chris Weidman is in his prime. Although, it is tough to say because Romero has never shown any sign of old age in any of his fights. In all of Romero’s fights, he tends to conserve his energy but usually fights at the level he wants to fight at. Romero has really never been figured out in the UFC and it is tough to find any weaknesses in his game other than his age. One thing we know is that Yoel Romero is almost close to impossible to takedown with his wrestling background and the punishment he can deliver in that first round is scary. However, it is a three round fight and Chris Weidman definitely has the advantage as the fight progresses. The biggest question is who is going to win the takedown battle and who has the advantage on their feet?
Prediction: (Winner – Chris Weidman – Submission)
Kevin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone
Good matchup between two top contenders in the welterweight division. Cowboy, since jumping weight to 170 lb division, has been on an absolute tear coming off three impressive wins over guys such as Rick Story, Patrick Cote and Alex Oliveira. Very interesting matchup and it is very interesting to see who comes out on top. One thing to look out for is Gastelums’ wrestling. His wrestling is very good but his only shot at Cowboy is to turn this into a dog fight and out-wrestle Cowboy. However, I believe Cowboy has more tools to win this fight and will be able to control the fight and get this win over Gastelum.
Prediction: (Winner – Donald Cerrone – Knockout)
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Miesha Tate, the former bantamweight champion, coming off the loss to Amanda Nunes is facing off Raquel Pennington. Great matchup, two exciting fighters who are fighting for a shot at the title. Winner will most likely get the next shot at the women’s bantamweight title.
Pennington is a great striker who likes to clinch but the wrestling of Miesha Tate will be too much for Raquel Pennington. If Miesha Tate is able to keep this fight on the ground, she will be victorious and will fight again for the title.
Prediction: (Winner – Miesha Tate – Split Decision)
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Frankie Edgar is one of the most well rounded fighters in the roster. He does not have any weaknesses, his wrestling is excellent and his boxing is at a very high level. Jeremy however, has that knockout power which proves to be his best attribute. Jeremy is a very good fighter but Frankie is an elite fighter. One of the best in the world. Might I remind you that Frankie Edgar has never been finished in his entire career!
Prediction: (Winner – Frankie Edgar – TKO)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Very important lightweight matchup between two top level guys in the lightweight division. Khabib, undefeated in the octagon is hungry for his title shot which he was promised by the UFC. A win over Michael Johnson would definitely put him next at line for a shot at the lightweight belt. One thing to look out for is Michael Johnson’s speed and Johnson’s ability to defend the takedown. Takedown defence is crucial against Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov’s wrestling and grappling is dangerous, which also serves a threat to all lightweights in the division. If Khabib is able to get a hold of Michael Johnson, this contest will end shortly.
Prediction: (Winner Khabib Nurmagomedov – Submission)