MMA Forethought: UFC 205

MMA Forethought: UFC 205

By Edward Carbajal, Joseph Correa

Photo: Edward Carbajal/Frontproof Media

Photo: Edward Carbajal/Frontproof Media


Finally mixed martial arts (MMA)is legal in New York and the biggest MMA  promotion is holding its very first event in the "worlds most famous arena", Madison Square Garden. UFC 205 has come to New York with what is being touted as the best fight card in the promotions history and Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how the main card will go down.

 

Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor

I don't believe Conor McGregor has faced anyone quite like Eddie Alvarez. The media would have everyone believe that he (Alvarez) is just another opponent, and that the train will keep rolling but I believe differently. Alvarez has "One hitter quitter" type power and very good wrestling skills. He is much more well rounded than McGregor and because of this; McGregor will not be able to do some of the things he is used to getting away with against Alvarez.  Unless his stamina has miraculously gotten better between the Diaz fight and now I think it could be a relatively quick and easy fight for Alvarez. My pick is Eddie Alvarez by TKO round two. –Joseph Correa  

 

Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson

This is the classic Speed vs. Power match-up and both men are hungry and have looked great. Woodley is coming off of a monstrous knockout victory over Robbie Lawler and Thompson is coming in winning seven straight fights. I like Woodley because he is patient and explodes at the right times. Wonderboy will not know what hit him. My pick is Woodley by KO in round one. –Joseph Correa

 

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Two undefeated strikers who are going to put on a show as the first title fight on the main card. It is extremely difficult to pick against Jedrzejczyk because she is one of the most talented strikers in her division. I think early on, the fight will be close but as the fight goes on Jedrzejczyk will pull ahead and once again prove to be the superior technician. My pick is Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision.  –Joseph Correa

 

 

Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington

The bantamweight title for the ladies has been a hot potato since Rousey lost to Holm. Tate finally got a shot and won it from her, only to lose it last July. In that fight she proved to be a more evolved and calculating fighter that wants to prove she is relevant in her division. Both women have won a lot by decision but Pennington has lost that way more than Tate has so I see Tate pulling off a decision win here. –Edward Carbajal

 

This has to be greatest card to date from the UFC. What happens on Saturday night will mean title shots for some, and rethinking division challenges for one depending on what happens. Either way, MMA has come to New York and UFC 205 is definitely a historical card for the sport.

Full UFC 205 Fight Card

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):

Eddie Alvarez (28-4) vs. Conor McGregor (20-3)

Tyron Woodley (16-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (13-1)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0)

Donald Cerrone (31-7) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (12-2) Cancelled, Gastelum didn't make weight.

Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. Yoel Romero (12-1)

Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. Raquel Pennington (8-5)

Preliminary Card (on FS1):

Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (25-12)

Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0) vs. Michael Johnson (18-10)

Vicente Luque (10-5-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-1)

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass):

Jim Miller (27-8) vs. Thiago Alves (21-10)

Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-0)


Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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