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UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor, Woodley vs Thompson officially added

UFC 205 is shaping up to be the stacked card befitting of New York’s inaugural company event.

In the main event, featherweight champion Conor McGregor (20-3-0), fresh off a welterweight win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202, will challenge lighttweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-4-0).

Alvarez won the title with a convincing TKO win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90.

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And while the legalization of MMA in the Empire State occurred in March, many fans are looking forward to treating Nov. 12 as a symbolic coronation ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (16-3-0) will defend his belt for the first time against No.1 contender Stephen Thompson (13-1-0).

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0-0) will defend her 115-pound belt against No. 1 contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0-0), while No.1  bantamweight Miesha Tate (18-6-0) will take on No. 8 Raquel Pennington (8-5-0).

Donald Cerrone (31-7-0), who is on a tear since moving up to welterweight, takes on former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum (12-2-0), who recently took a unanimous decision over former champion Johny Hendricks.

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) takes on Jeremy Stephens (25-12-0), who defeated former bantamweight champ Renan Barao in May.

Rashad Evans (19-5-1) a former light-heavyweight champion currently struggling on a two-fight losing skid, takes on military veteran Tim Kennedy (18-5-1), who is looking to rebound from a controversial loss to Yoel Romero back in 2014.

Thiago Alves (21-10-0), who had a two-fight win streak stopped by Carlos Condit, takes on Jim Miller (27-8-0), who is replacing Al Iaquinta.

Rafael Natal (21-7-1) who lost to UFC Melbourne’s Robert Whittaker in his last contest, will battle “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (19-10-0).

In a women’s bantamweight bout, Liz Carmouche (10-5-0) to face the undefeated Katlyn Chookagian (8-0-0), who beat Lauren Murphy in her UFC debut back in July.

And No.1 lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0-0) will take on No. 6 Michael Johnson (17-10-0).

Tickets go on sale September 30th.

The UFC 205 press conference takes place at 6PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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