UFC 205 To Feature Three Title Fights

Published on September 27th, 2016 3:22 pm EST

Break out the red panties - Conor McGregor will be squaring off against Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 for the Lightweight title.

Just hours ahead of the UFC 205 press conference that is set to take place later today, the UFC dropped a bomb - Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor had agreed to fight in the main event of UFC 205.

This announcement means that UFC 205 will easily be the biggest card in the history of the UFC, and the PPV numbers could end up topping 2 million buys.

After all, not only is this the UFC's first trip to Madison Square Garden, but UFC 205 is going to feature three title fights - McGregor v Alvarez, Joanna Champion v Karolina Kowalciewicz and Tyron Woodley v Stephen Thompson. The card is so loaded, in fact, that the likes of Rashad Evans and Frankie Edgar, both former champions, will be fighting on the prelims.


The UFC 2015 New York poster - Headline fight - Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor. Year 2016


The UFC clearly did a good job in disguising the fact that they were working on McGregor v Alvarez. Dana White revealed that McGregor had a hurt foot and would not be on the card, while there were rumors of a fight between Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov at either UFC 205 or UFC 206. Negotiations obviously picked up over the past couple of days in advance of the UFC's press conference in New York, and a bout agreement was signed by McGregor and Alvarez last night.

There are some who are up in arms about this fight getting made, especially due to the fact that McGregor will not have to drop his Featherweight title. McGregor is now holding up two different divisions, though there is no denying that he is the promotion's biggest draw and can practically do whatever he wants. The old UFC regime may have stubbornly held McGregor off of this card, though the new owners likely gave in to his demands and let him keep his Featherweight title. McGregor has long stated that his dream is to hold two different titles at the same time, and he now has the chance to realize this dream in November.

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Jose Aldo, who was hoping for a title unification fight with McGregor, will likely now have to defend his interim title against Max Holloway, while Khabib Nurmagomedov may end up squaring off against somebody like Michael Johnson.

The UFC got their fight. Many fights got their fight. Fighters, including the likes of Jose Aldo, will be left to grumble about McGregor getting a title shot in the Lightweight division.


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