Updated: 6:45 p.m. EDT- Dana White announced at Tuesday's UFC 205 press conference that Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is also on the card.
Less than three months after winning the biggest fight in MMA history, the sport’s biggest star will headline another pay-per-view event. Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 on Nov. 12, looking to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two championships at once.
McGregor will challenge Alvarez for his 155-pound lightweight title, but he won’t be stripped of his 145-pound featherweight belt, as UFC president Dana White had previously stated. The Irish fighter is coming off a win at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz, and he still hasn’t defended the featherweight title since winning it from Jose Aldo at UFC 194 last December.
While UFC 202 was built around McGregor and Diaz, UFC 205 will feature a few title bouts and is one of the most impressive cards in recent memory. UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will put his title on the line against Stephen Thompson, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will challenge UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Woodley and Kowalkiewicz were both victorious at UFC 201 on July 30.
Miesha Tate is back in action for the first time since losing her women’s bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 200. She’ll take on Raquel Pennington, who has three straight victories.
A potential No.1 contender’s bout was the last fight added to the card. Middleweight Chris Weidman will take on Yoel Romero in a fight that could determine the challenger for the 185-pound belt. Weidman hasn’t competed inside the octagon since losing the title at UFC 194, and Romero has won his last seven fights.
Weidman is one of a few local fighters that will compete at the UFC’s first-ever PPV at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar will face Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight fight that could highlight the preliminary card. Edgar attempted to earn a title shot against McGregor at UFC 200, but he was defeated by Aldo by unanimous decision.
Ronda Rousey won't fight at UFC 205 after some early speculation that she would be on the card. The former champion might not return to the octagon until 2017.
UFC 205 Fight Card
UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez vs. UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor
UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Belal Muhammad vs. Lyman Good