History will be made at UFC 205, the question is just how much? The first ever event to be held in New York will prove to be a huge milestone for the promotion and sport as a whole, but the main event has us captivated just as much. Looking to spoil the Irish party will be lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, as he takes on Conor McGregor in a clash of champions. Only the 155-pound belt will be on the line, but this means the 28-year old featherweight champ stands to break a sacred record.
No champion in the history of the UFC has ever held belts in two weight classes at the same time. Many will argue ‘The Notorious’ has held the 145-pound strap hostage in his last two fights at 170 pounds, but the fact remains, he could be making history in the Big Apple. Taking to the stage at the UFC 205 pre-sale presser two weeks ago, McGregor and Alvarez got the banter going strong. Was ‘The Silent Assassin’ bothered by the trash talk? That’s yet to be seen.
Speaking during a recent interview with Ask Men, Conor McGregor spoke about the impact of ‘trash talk’ on his opponents, and also his fights at welterweight:
“The term “trash talk” is such an American thing. I still laugh at it. Like I’m trying to hurt someone’s feelings? I’m an Irishman and a fighter — I don’t give a f*ck about feelings. As far as I’m concerned, I just speak the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts. It hurts because they have a weakness — and I exploit weakness. A fight is mental, not just physical and psychological warfare is absolutely part of that. It’s interesting they allow it. I guess I’m the stronger man.”
“I did what I set out to do — I beat him at 170. I think I am the greatest fighter in any class. I know I can hold two, maybe even three belts. So I have business to take care of back in and around my weight class. There’s a lot to talk about. I won’t ever shy away from a fight and if it makes sense down the road, I’ll do it. But it will be on my terms.”
Having competed in two weight classes so far, and a third coming up, is there a possibility of a fourth down the line? Surely middleweight is far too much of a task, although if anyone is willing to give it a try. UFC 205 takes place in the iconic Madison Square Garden on November 12.
Here’s the full fight card as it stands so far.
UFC 205 Fight Card
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor (for Alvarez’s lightweight belt)
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson (for Woodley’s welterweight belt)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (for Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight belt)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
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