UFC 205 showed MMA is big in New York
By Edward Carbajal
With a reported gate of 17.7 million dollars and breaking company records, UFC 205 came to New York and made their first even one fight fans will be talking about for a long time. The biggest topic of course being the main event winner and now two division champion Conor McGregor (21-3).
In what some were predicting to be another tough fight for McGregor because of Eddie Alvarez (28-5) wrestling background, the Irish fighter managed to shut down any game plan Alvarez was expecting to impose. McGregor s reach and straight left hand played a big role in his win over Alvarez at UFC 205 as he was dropped twice in the first round when he tried to trade punches with him.
Alvarez, for some odd reason kept circling into McGregor power hand, even after getting knocked twice. He admitted abandoning his game plan of wrestling and leg kicks during the post fight interview backstage after the loss.
Now, the UFC will have to reevaluate two divisions with McGregor holding the featherweight and lightweight titles. During the post fight presser, McGregor made some comments the company is going to want to address. He let people know he has yet to communicate with the new owners since the sale and that if he is going to stick around; he wants an ownership stake in the UFC.
2016 has certainly been in an interesting year for MMA as a whole. But, for the UFC they have certainly cemented themselves as the top mixed martial arts promotion in the sport. New York MMA will never be the same.
UFC 205 Results
Conor McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (strikes)
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson fight to majority draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Yoel Romero def. Chris Weidman via TKO (flying knee) Round 3
Raquel Pennington def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Frankie Edgar def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson via submission (kimura) Round 3
Tim Boetsch def. Rafael Natal via TKO (punches) Round 1
Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammad via KO (punches) Round 1
Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)