Jedrzejczyk vs Kowalkiewicz, Tate vs Pennington added to UFC 205

UFC 205 will now feature Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s fourth defense of her straw-weight title in addition to the return of former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

So far, five other bouts have been made official for the UFC’s debut at Madison Square Garden including Donald Cerrone vs Kelvin Gastelum and Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens. Also, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley announced on the UFN 94 pre weigh-in show that he would be defending his title against Stephen Thompson but the UFC has not confirmed it yet.

Jędrzejczyk will be putting her title on the line against fellow Polish star and #2 ranked straw-weight Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Tate will be making her return against #8 ranked Raquel Pennington.

Jędrzejczyk (12-0) is coming off of her unanimous decision victory against rival Claudia Gadelha, who she previously beat in a closely-contested bout two years ago. She has now defended her title a total of three times with the other two coming against Valeria Letourneau and Jessica Penne. Kowalkiewicz (10-0), meanwhile, recently defeated rising prospect Rose Namajunas at UFC 201 via unanimous decision, securing her title shot and extending her UFC record to 3-0. Her other two UFC wins are decisions over Heather Jo Clark and Randa Markos.

Prior to losing her bantamweight title to Amanda Nunes in the UFC 200 main event, Tate (18-6) had won five bouts straight against the top contenders of the 135-lb division. She won the belt at UFC 196 when she put Holly Holm to sleep with just over a minute left in the fight, which she was likely going to lost had it gone to the judges. Pennington (8-5) has won three straight against Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correira, and Elizabeth Phillips.

UFC 205 takes place at MSG in NYC on November 12. So far, no main event has been announced for the card.


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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