Two major bouts are expected to be officially announced soon for UFC 205 in NYC.
Former UFC middleweight champion and New York native Chris Weidman will make his return against #4 ranked Yoel Romero. In addition, a matchup between former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens is close to being finalized for the event.
Weidman (13-1) is coming off of the loss of his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 last December where he suffered a fourth-round TKO. Prior to that, he was undefeated in his twelve professional bouts and had made three consecutive title defenses against Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort, earning himself two-post fight bonuses in the process.
Romero (12-1) also fought at UFC 194 where he was awarded a split-decision victory over “Jacare” Souza in a closely contested bout. Following the fight, Romero tested positive for banned substances but was later exonerated and given a shortened six-month suspension by USADA, which he served earlier this year. Prior to that, he scored back-to-back knockout victories over Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy.
After winning five fights straight and going undefeated in three years, Edgar (20-5-1) was awarded a rematch against Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200. The New Jersey native came up short against the former featherweight champion and ultimately lost the bout via unanimous decision. He entered that fight coming off of a first-round knockout win over Chad Mendes in their headlining fight at the TUF 22 finale.
The #7 ranked Stephens (25-12) is 2-1 in his last three outings and is coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career against former bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Stephens won the fight by unanimous decision and was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus for his performance.
UFC 205 is the UFC’s long-awaited debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City and is set to take place on November 12. So far, the card does not have a main event in place but notable bouts include Thiago Alves’ lightweight debut against Al Iaquinta and Tim Kennedy vs Rashad Evans.