A huge fight card at UFC 205 this Saturday (Fight card starts Sunday 11am, AEST) is headlined by none other than UFC poster boy Conor McGregor as he lines up a shot at a “two belt” fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez. Let’s take a look at the major fights and see if we can pick a few results.
UFC 205 Title Fights
McGregor v Alvarez
Perhaps the biggest UFC fight ever! Can Conor McGregor become the first man to hold two UFC belts at the same time, or has Alvarez been correct when saying this is going to be the easiest win of his career?
“Mystic Mac” has taken over the UFC like nobody before him has ever done. He excites audiences both inside and outside the Octagon and has the skills to match anyone in both areas. The man with the fast mouth and even faster hands now has a mass fans following which has taken the sport to previously unreachable heights. After his record breaking 12 second knockout of Jose Aldo to become UFC featherweight champion, McGregor has traded victories in two absolute wars with Nate Diaz. Fresh off a grueling five round victory, history awaits the Irishman.
The man they call The Underground King, Eddie Alvarez has now been champion in four different MMA organizations. He may very well be one of the most underrated fighters in the world (still). Alavrez joined the UFC after taking over the Bellator MMA lightweight division and earned a title shot after his victory over former champion, Anthony Pettis. Not many people gave Alvarez a chance in his title fight with Rafael Dos Anjos (including bookmakers) but he did what he always does and proved people wrong, stopping Dos Anjos in the first round. This guy is no joke.
How it goes down?
One of the biggest advantages McGregor has over his opponent is how well he handles the bright lights and big stage and they don’t get much bigger and brighter than Madison Square Garden. It was clear that Jose Aldo was affected by the big stage and Conor made him pay. He will look to do the same here and come out early and put Alvarez under the pump. If Alvarez can survive the early McGregor barrage, he believes he has the cardio to take over the fight, as Conor showed he is prone to gassing in his battles with Diaz.
So that is where the fight will be won, can McGregor take over early and make good on another early knockout prediction, or will The Underground King claim another shocking upset win?
[su_highlight background=”#FDFF99″]Prediction: Conor McGregor by KO/TKO $2.00[/su_highlight]
Woodley v Thompson
Tyron Woodley looks to defend his newly won Welterweight title for the first time after catching long time champion Robbie Lawler with a Mike Tyson-like right hook!
The UFC have done him no favours in his first defence, giving him a man who is as hard to work out as they come. Stephen Thompson has looked nothing short of unstoppable in his six fight win streak, destroying former champion Johnny Hendricks in the first round and winning a one-sided decision against long-time challenger, Rory Macdonald.
Woodley has the power to stop anyone if he catches them and a strong wrestling background to go with it. Despite this, Thompson’s unique distance fighting and kick-boxing technique make him extremely hard to hit and he has an advantage on his feet against any man in the UFC.
Woodley may try to use his wrestling to get Thompson to the ground – but with Thompson’s 82% takedown defence, that’s easier said than done. If Woodley fails here he’s in for a tough night- you don’t want to stand and trade with Wonderboy.
[su_highlight background=”#FDFF99″]Prediction: Stephen Thompson by KO/TKO $2.63[/su_highlight]
Jedrzejczyk v Kowalkiewicz
Polish girls rule the world! Both are undefeated. This should be one hell of a fight.
These two fought as amateurs four years ago and Jedrzejczyk submitted Kowalkiewicz in the first round – though a lot has changed since then.
Jedrzejczyk has gone on to dominate the women’s Strawweight division and has developed into one of the most feared strikers in the UFC. She toyed with the first ever UFC champion, Carla Esparza, in a fight that honestly looked unfair.
Kowalkiewicz is as tough as they come and has used her well-roundedness to make her way to the top of the division, so she deserves this shot.
While Kowalkiewicz is a worthy competitor, Jedrzejczyk is in a league of her own. She looked in trouble against Claudia Gadelha early and then came out with three completely dominant rounds to send a message to the division. She may be one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet.
This girl is for real!
[su_highlight background=”#FDFF99″]Prediction: Joanna Jedrzejczyk by Decision $1.80[/su_highlight]
Best of the Rest
Weidman v Romero
Both fighters haven’t fought in nearly a year but for very different reasons. Romero was suspended for six months after failing an USADA drugs test, while Weidman is lucky to be alive after the beating he took in his last fight.
Lots of question marks here, how will Weidman recover after his first career loss and a nasty TKO by Rockhold and can Romero perform drug-free?
[su_highlight background=”#FDFF99″]Prediction: Yoel Romero by KO/TKO $4.50[/su_highlight]
Gastelum v Cerrone
Since moving up to the Welterweight division, Cerrone has looked amazing: three fights, three finishes and three performances of the night.
Gastelum had a good win at UFC 200 against Hendricks, but this is a massive step-up in competition. Gastelum has never been finished but this record looks like coming to an end Sunday afternoon.
[su_highlight background=”#FDFF99″]Prediction: Cerrone by KO or SUB $2.75[/su_highlight]
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