UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor will air on November 12, 2016 in New York City, New York.
(C) EDDIE “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” ALVAREZ (28-4-0) VS. (C)[FEATHERWEIGHT] CONOR “THE NOTORIOUS” MCGREGOR (20-3-0)
This a five round main event for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Alvarez brings boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling making him well-rounded in both submission and knockout power making him the current Lightweight Champion. McGregor brings striking, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him extreme striking power leading him to become the current Featherweight Champion. Now this fight looks to be an all out slugfest with both of these great athletes containing impressive striking power that have lead them both to becoming current champions. As the trash talking has raged on so has their training and from looking at all what each fighter brings the fight looks to be in heavy favorite of McGregor with his aggressive fighting style and deadly striking that has given him 17 wins via knockout as well as having the fastest knockout in a title fight at only 13 seconds. With that being said I am really not sure Alvarez would be able to stand up to that level of aggressive fighting that McGregor brings. Though we cannot forget that Alvarez is very well-equipped with taking heavy shots and another thing he has to possibly give him the greater advantage is well-rounded ground game, which has been proven time and time again to be the major weakness of McGregor. If Alvarez could keep his pace and setup a takedown while placing pressure on McGregor then he will be able to defeat the current Featherweight Champion and retain his Lightweight Title. But he will have to be cautious of McGregor’s speed mixed with aggression that with be put into his striking power to try and take the lightweight title from him and become the first fighter to hold two titles at once At the same time McGregor will have to increase his defense game or he will find himself in major trouble along with another loss to hurt his record. My prediction: Alvarez wins submission in round 2.
(C) TYRON “THE CHOSEN ONE” WOODLEY (16-3-0) VS. #2 STEPHEN “WONDERBOY” THOMPSON (13-1-0)
This is a five round fight for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Woodley brings striking, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that have made him efficient in all three methods of victory as well as becoming the current welterweight champion. Thompson brings boxing, kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu and wrestling creating great striking power as well as cardio, which have brought him to a near perfect record. Since both of these fighters are great strikers with impressive knockout power the key factor will be decided on ground game, which Woodley shows much better skills in with his wrestling background that has helped him become a dominating welterweight. Though Thompson has great takedown defense and so Woodley will most likely have difficulty brings this fight to the ground, while at the same time Thompson will be unloading strikes upon him to capture the title in just a short time of competing in the sport. My prediction: Thompson wins via knockout in round 1.
(C) JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK (12-0-0) VS. #2 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (10-0-0)
This is a five round fight for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Jedrzejczyk brings boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai giving her aggressive striking power along with well balanced cardio leading her to the current strawweight champion. Kowalkiewicz brings Karv Maga and Muay Thai giving her great striking power along with well balanced cardio. As both of these amazing female athletes face each other for the first time with almost identical style it will be another title fight difficult to chose a favorite. Though in all I believe that Kowalkiewicz has the advantage as she seems to show a better pacing in her fights as shown in her fight against Rose Namajunas as she did just that will score significant points to earn her the split decision victory. However, Jedrzejczyk does contain much better striking than Kowalkiewicz and if she used her speed and aggression to the fullest then I really don’t see Kowalkiewicz standing much of a chance. But Jedrzejczyk will have to pace herself more and not let Kowalkiewicz setup any devastating blows that could surely do serious damage and thus cost her the reign as champion. My prediction: Kowalkiewicz wins via unanimous decision.
#2 CHRIS WEIDMAN (13-1-0) VS. YOEL “SOLDIER OF GOD” ROMERO (12-1-0)
This is a three round fight in the middleweight division. Weidman brings boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him great standing and ground game that lead him to being the former Middleweight Champion. Romero brings striking, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him great knockout power as well as cardio leading him to a near perfect record. Since both of these fighters are near a perfect record and almost identical this is another fight that will be hard to chose a favorite, but one can say that based on experience I would give the advantage to Weidman. With Weidman’s freak athleticism I really don’t think Romero will be able to stand up to that kind of style as he seems to rely heavily on his standing game to win him fights and to face a guy like Weidman on just standing is almost impossible due to his extreme wrestling that has proven to a major key factor in his successful career. Unless Romero could try to out striking Weidman and somehow keep pressure on him from setting up any takedowns I really don’t see Romero standing much of a chance in this bout as we might think he does. My prediction: Weidman wins via knockout in round 2.
#5 KELVIN “MINI CAIN” GASTELUM (12-2-0) VS. #7 DONALD “COWBOY” CERRONE (31-7-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the welterweight division. Gastelum brings boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling making him well-rounded in both standing and ground game. Cerrone brings boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well-rounded in both standing and ground game. Both of these fighters are well-equipped in both standing and ground game, but Gastelum I think stands the greater favorite in this fight from his steady pacing in striking and great ground game which I really don’t think Cerrone will be able to handle the way he did his past few welterweight opponents. Though if Cerrone could use his aggressive style striking style against Gastelum he could possibly drop Gastelum and place him in a world of trouble. But Gastelum will also be keeping his defense up and if Cerrone does not watch his back he might find himself trying to battle the wrestling style of Gastelum which surely would be a major problem for Cerrone. My prediction: Gastelum wins via unanimous decision.