The UFC has reminded fans in compelling fashion that when it comes to MMA, things can change in a hurry….Yes, not long after Dana White said that Eddie Alvarez – Conor McGregor wasn’t being targeted for UFC 205, the promotion has announced that the two will fight on November 12th. Alvarez’s lightweight title will be on the line.
Not only that, but McGregor is not being stripped of his featherweight championship, which is something else White said would happen, if he didn’t fight interim champ Jose Aldo next. Following McGregor’s decision win over Nate Diaz in August, however, he made it clear he wasn’t interested in rematching Aldo anytime soon.
Alvarez laid claim to the lightweight title in July by storming through Rafael dos Anjos. More recently, he made it clear he wanted to face McGregor next, and just last week, it was reported Alvarez had failed to sign bout agreements to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. That news surfaced after White reported that the promotion was looking to book Alvarez – Nurmagomedov for UFC 205.
So, obviously some things have gone down at the negotiating table in the last couple of days, and this super-fight is a go. UFC 205 is going to be one crazy evening.
The upcoming card will be hosted by the iconic Madison Square Garden. The card already had two title fights booked, as welterweight champ Tyron Woodley will battle Stephen Thompson, and Joanna Jedrzejcyzk will defend the strawweight title versus Karolina Kowalkiewicz.