Alvarez vs McGregor to headline UFC 205, Weidman vs Romero confirmed

UFC 205 finally has a main event.

The promotion announced Tuesday morning that lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will be defending his title against current featherweight champion Conor McGregor in the headlining bout of the event. In addition, the middleweight bout between former champion Chris Weidman and #4 ranked Yoel Romero has been confirmed for the main card.

McGregor (20-3) is coming off his majority-decision win over Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 202 in what has been one of the most entertaining fights of the year so far. The win avenged his loss to Diaz in their first bout at UFC 196 where McGregor was submitted with a second-round rear-naked choke. The featherweight champion has an 8-1 UFC record with six of his wins coming by way of knockout. If he wins at UFC 205, he will become the first ever simultaneous two-weight UFC champion.

Also coming off of a big win is Alvarez (28-4), who knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos in the first round of their headlining fight at UFN 90 during International Fight Week. He earned his shot at the belt with back-to-back split-decision wins over Gilbert Melendez and former champ Anthony Pettis. He has only suffered one loss since vacating his Bellator title to sign with the UFC.

Weidman (13-1), who played a significant role in lobbying for the legalization of MMA in his home state, is coming off of the loss of his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 last December. The defeat was the first of his professional career, snapping his 13-fight undefeated streak that included wins over the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort. Romero (12-1) also fought at UFC 194 where he won a split-decision over “Jacare” Souza in a closely contested bout.

UFC 205 takes place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card now has three title fights lined up including Tyron Woodley’s defense of his 170-lb title against #2 ranked Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s fourth defense of her straw-weight belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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