All eyes are on Conor McGregor for UFC 205 as he sets out to be the first fighter in history to simultaneously hold belts in two different weight classes. McGregor won the featherweight title after a record-breaking knockout against Jose Aldo (13 seconds into round one). On November 12 at Madison Square Garden, he will take on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt.
While the odds are in McGregor’s favor, the Irishman definitely has his work cut out for him. While Conor’s striking can rival anyone in the UFC, pound-for-pound, his ground game could use some work. And that’s exactly what Alvarez is looking to exploit come November 12.
McGregor has stated that he only expects Alvarez to last one round, but if the fight goes the distance, Alvarez will have the upper hand. A longer fight means more opportunities for a takedown.
McGregor’s explosive striking will give him an advantage in the earlier rounds; Alvarez’s stamina and grappling will be an enormous threat in the later rounds.
Also fighting for a title are welterweights Stephen Thompson and (current champion) Tyron Woodley. Woodley was initially looking for a big-money fight against Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre, but instead was matched with the technically-gifted Stephen Thompson.
Elsewhere on the card, Joanna Jędrzejczyk will defend her title against fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Despite hailing from the same country, the two are not exactly on good terms. Jędrzejczyk does not believe Kowalkiewicz is on her level, and the odds agree with her.
UFC 205 is a stacked card and right now there is no bigger draw than Conor McGregor. Already it looks like the PPV numbers may make history. Perhaps Conor McGregor will too.
Eddie Alvarez (champ): 3/2
Conor McGregor: 20/37
Tyron Woodley (champ): 3/2
Stephen Thompson: 10/17
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (champ): 1/4
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: 59/20
Chris Weidman: 1/3
Yoel Romero: 47/20
Kelvin Gastelum: 13/10
Donald Cerrone: 4/7
Miesha Tate: 4/11
Raquel Pennington: 43/20
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