The time has finally arrived.
The UFC will finally debut at Madison Square Garden after an incredibly long wait with arguably the greatest card in the history of the promotion. With three title fights and a plethora of competitive matchups, the world will be buzzing when UFC 205 kicks off on November 2nd. With so many remarkable fights, we ask the readers their thoughts on who will come out victorious.
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor (c)
Champion vs. Champion headline this dynamic UFC 205 show at Madison Square Garden. Alvarez has more experience, but most of it was in Bellator against B-listers. Alvarez has a suspect chin, which will be tested against McGregor. McGregor is a better striker and wins the fight in the stand-up, but if Alvarez can get the fight to the ground we could see another Nate Diaz choke-out moment. Alvarez has better conditioning and will try to get the fight into the championship rounds, where he is more experienced and McGregor will need a knockout early, which is highly possible.
Who will win the main event of UFC 205?
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson
In pro wrestling terms, Woodley is likely a transitional champion. He upset former champion Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight championship but Lawler had come off of a series of some of the toughest fights in the division's history. But Thompson is young, hungry and dangerous. Woodley has a questionable chin, as Nate Marquardt showed. Thompson will likely strike his way to victory, unless Woodley can take him down first. Even then, Woodley's path to victory is limited.
Who will win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 205?
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
This is a battle of Polish fighters, but make no mistake about it, this is the Double J show. Joanna is mean, fierce and has already carved out a reputation as a wicked striker and amazing technician. Easily one of the best fighters in all of women's MMA. Karolina is a strong fighter, but she might be out of weapons here against the hard-hitting Jedrzejcyzk. Karolina will need to use her grappling and Muay Thai to stretch the fight and possibly catch Joanna in a lull.
Who will win the UFC women's strawweight title at UFC 205?
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
The man who dethroned Anderson Silva vs. the man who destroyed Tim Kennedy (thanks to a few extra seconds). Despite his injuries and terrible performance against Luke Rockhold, Weidman is still a rising star and the future of the middleweight division. He's a better all-around fighter than the wrestler Romero, but Romero has showed that he has knockout power. Weidman just needs to avoid Romero's power and he will leave the show in position to again challenge for the middleweight title.
Who will win this matchup of middleweights?
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone
The Ultimate Fighter winner vs. The Cowboy in a fight with welterweight title implications. Gastelum is awkward and tough to fight. He's a strong wrestler and his left-handed stance gives good fighters trouble. Cerrone is a striker, but he will have trouble connecting with Gastelum. This is a bad matchup for Cerrone, so he will need to bring his best to knock off Gastelum, who is bigger and stronger.
Who will come out victorious in a battle of welterweights?
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Tate is looking to bounce back after her upset loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. This is perceived to be a step down in caliber for Tate but Pennington has been on a roll as of late and showed a much better all-around game since being coached on The Ultimate Fighter. Could the student take out the teacher?
Which fighter gets one step closer to a shot at the UFC women's bantamweight title?
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Stephens is coming off a victory over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao, but he has failed against the top talent in the Octagon. Edgar will have a massive advantage at MSG and should have the advantage in the actual fight. He's more experienced, more resourceful and a better all-around fighter. But Stephens' power could be the great equalizer.
Which featherweight comes out on top at UFC 205?
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
The undefeated Nurmagomedov will look to continue his upward climb against Johnson, who upset Dustin Poirier earlier this year. A lot of people have been ducking Nurmagomedov, and for good reason. He's gonna be a world champion some day. Johnson's only chance here is a knockout, but in order to do that he will have to avoid Nurmagomedov's incredible wrestling and takedown efforts. Nurmagomedov will likely grind his way to victory here, but Johnson wants to continue his win streak and a win here gets him into the title picture.
Which of these lightweights leaves UFC 205 victorious?
Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch
After three straight losses, Boetsch saved his UFC career with a TKO over Josh Samman. He's not out of the woods yet though and the veteran will have a stiff test against Natal, who is younger and more skilled all-around. The wrestler Boetsch will need to turn this into a wrestling match and avoid Natal's jiu-jitsu to squeeze out a decision victory.
Who comes out on top in this battle of middleweights?
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
Luque brings more power into this fight and is a more well-rounded mixed martial artist, but Muhammad has only lost once and scored an impressive knockout victory in his last fight. This is a toss-up fight, with Luque having slightly more weapons to finish the fight.
Which of these UFC 205 welterweights will climb up the rankings with a victory?
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Miller is somewhat of a last-minute replacement here after a contract dispute pushed Al Laquinta out of the fight. Miller has won two straight and even though he hasn't had a full camp, he's the favorite here against the fading Alves, who was TKO'd by Carlos Condit in 2015.
Who will win in this battle of UFC 205 lightweights?
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
It's nice that Carmouche gets to open the show at MSG after she was one half of history in the first UFC women's bout against Ronda Rousey. Carmouche nearly submitted Rousey that night with a head crank so she's always a dangerous opponent. But she hasn't fought much recently and she's a bit of an unknown at this point in time. Chookagian is coming off a successful UFC debut and is undefeated.