With the first UFC card to ever be held in recent times in New York coming up in November, it's a good time to review past pay-per-views to see if this is the most important card in MMA history.
It's important to remember that UFC 100 and UFC 200 have obviously passed. UFC 205 is still subject to change, as injuries and other events can come up that can alter the landscape of the card. Let's hope UFC 205 stays intact, and we'll analyze the card as it currently stands.
UFC 100 Main Card:
- Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
- Georges St-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
- Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
- Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
UFC 200 Main Card:
- Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate
- Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
- Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva
- José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
- Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
UFC 205 Main Card:
- Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor
- Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
- Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Three Title Fights
Let's start with what matters – the gold. UFC 205 has three belts on the line: the lightweight, welterweight, and strawweight belts; making it the first UFC event to feature three title fights since UFC 33. UFC 200 had one legit belt, the women's bantamweight title, along with the interim featherweight title. Two belts were on the line at UFC 100: the heavyweight and welterweight titles; so, by definition, UFC 205 has more importance, as it hosts more pivotal title bouts.
A Two-Division Champion
At the top of the card, an Irishman by the name of Conor McGregor, who happens to be the featherweight champion, will be fighting UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. This main event is a champion vs. champion fight, something that hasn't been seen since 2009, when then lightweight champ B.J. Penn challenged then welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for the 170-pound title.
If McGregor defeats Alvarez, "The Notorious" will become the first man in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.
The UFC 205 card also has eight current or former UFC champions, and unlike UFC 100 and UFC 200, this will be a six-fight main card, instead of five.
Nowadays, nothing is set in stone in the UFC, but UFC 205 likely has two title-eliminator bouts in Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson, and Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero.
Finally, lets talk location. Both UFC 100 and UFC 200 went down in the fight capital of the world – Las Vegas, Nevada. Sure, Las Vegas has hosted many important mega-fight events, but the key word there is "many," making these events common to the ordinary eye. UFC 205 will go down in New York, which was the last state in the U.S. to legalize mixed martial arts, making it the first UFC fight card to be held in New York since UFC 7 in Buffalo.
UFC 205 might not have that nice, round number like UFC 100 or UFC 200, but it's what UFC 200 should have been – historic.