The following are the quick results and thoughts on the UFC 205 event that took place in New York City at Madison Square Garden. On this night, Conor McGregor was contending to be the first dual weight class champion as he took on Eddie Alvarez.
UFC 205 Preliminary Bouts (on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1):
- Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian by split decision in a women’s bantamweight bout. A bit of a disappointing fight from Chookagian, who had seemed to be making some progress.
- Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves by unanimous decision in a catchweight fight at 163 lbs. I love the CCR walkout for Miller. A smart fight from him. Alves needs to get his weight cuts under control.
- Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammed by TKO at 1:19 in the first in a welterweight bout. An amazing left hook put Belal down and it was over. Luque is on a four-fight win streak right now.
- Tim Boetsch def. Rafael Natal by TKO at 3:23 of round 1 in a middleweight bout. Solid knockout win for Boetsch.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson by submission (kimura) at 2:31 of round 3 in a lightweight bout. Khabib was on a whole different level in this fight, despite the fact that it seems like Johnson has a solid game. Khabib cut a post-fight interview where he called out Conor McGregor and called for a title fight.
- Frankie Edgar def. Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. Stephens is a beast but Edgar had too much movement to stand and exchange strikes. Good fight that Edgar really needed to rebound from his loss to Jose Aldo.
UFC 205 Main Card, Live on Pay Per View from Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
- Raquel Pennington def. Miesha Tate by unanimous decision in a women’s bantamweight bout. Pennington was very disciplined and versatile in this one, and really cemented herself as a contender. News out of this fight though was that Miesha Tate abruptly announced that she was retiring after the fight. She said “it’s not (her) time anymore.” There had been talk of the trilogy fight with Ronda Rousey, but I guess that’s not happening now. More on that as it develops.
- Yoel Romero def. Chris Weidman by TKO at 0:23 of the third round in a middleweight bout. If you want to call it as such, Romero was definitely the heel here as Weidman is from New York. Weidman went in for a takedown but got caught with a knee before being finished off. Romero should be in line for a title shot now as he has wins over Weidman and Jacare Sousa, and Luke Rockhold is out. Bisping flipped him off though, and really doesn’t want this guy.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz to retain the Women’s Strawweight Championship by unanimous decision. Karolina showed a lot of heart here and nearly pulled off the upset, but Joanna is just untouchable right now. Paige VanZant, Jessica Andrade, or Rose Namajunas are possible contenders here, but Joanna is in a class of her own right now.
- Tyron Woodley (c) fought Stephen Thompson to a majority draw in a Welterweight Championship Bout, Woodley retains. For our professional wrestling fans, you might be able to call this a “Dusty Finish” in this case, or at least the closest MMA would ever get to one. A very close fight that could have gone either way. A great welterweight bout.
- Conor McGregor (Featherweight Champion) def. Eddie Alvarez (c) to win the Lightweight Championship by TKO at 3:04 of Round 2. McGregor really seemed like he was toying with Alvarez in this one. Say what you will about McGregor’s antics and call him obnoxious and all of that, but he is now a dual weight class champion and he did it with ease. It erases the doubt from March when he lost to Nate Diaz and renders it a blip on the radar. McGregor has cemented himself as the man in MMA and he is definitely one of, if not THE most impressive in MMA right now.