What is UFC Planning For UFC 205 Main Event?

Published on September 21st, 2016 3:58 pm EST

Earlier this week, the UFC announced that they will be hosting a press conference next Tuesday to announce the full UFC 205 card, which is set to take place in New York in November.

As of this moment, a number of fights have been signed for the card, including Frankie Edgar v Jeremy Stephens and Donald Cerrone v Kelvin Gastelum. While these are some fine fights, neither is likely to be a co-main event. In short, the card still needs a main event and co-main event, as the UFC's first card in Madison Square Garden needs a couple of epic headliners.

Over the past week or so, rumors have been flying. According to UFC President Dana White, Conor McGregor is hurt and will not be participating on the UFC 205 card. McGregor and his camp, for their part, are denying the reports.

According to White, a bout agreement between Eddie Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov was sent out, though Alvarez missed the deadline to sign. Alvarez contends that he wants to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 205, and why not? As McGregor often says, that is the money fight, and you certainly can't blame Alvarez for holding out for McGregor.

There were rumors that Ronda Rousey may be targeted to headline UFC 205, though apparently she won't be ready in time. Rousey is apparently being targeted for the December 30th card in Las Vegas.

The MMA King is in deep focus, trying to figure out UFCs next move in regards to UFC 205

So where does that leave us?

Conor McGregor is the only real suitable headliner for UFC 205 if the promotion wants to enter New York with a bang, especially given the fact that Ronda Rousey is out of commission.

There are multiple possibilities here:

1) The McGregor/Alvarez (or McGregor/Aldo II) fight has already been agreed to and the UFC is simply waiting until next week to make the announcement

2) The involved parties are still negotiating

3) The UFC is indeed not going to be putting McGregor on this card, as they threatened to do months ago

4) Conor McGregor is, in fact, injured. If this is the case, expect the UFC to put him on their Super Bowl Sunday card in February.


UFC 205 may end up like UFC 200, where you ended up with this strange card after the UFC initially promised to make it one of the biggest in their history. The problem is that in the case of UFC 205, the UFC will not be able to draw on the names of Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, as all are unavailable for various reasons.

This will be an interesting couple of days.

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