The preliminary bouts are over for the ridiculously stacked, UFC 205 card, which is underway in New York City.
Below are the results and recaps for the main card, which will feature three title fights. In the headliner, Conor McGregor will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez.
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
In the opening round, Pennington planted several hard punches, and forced Tate to defend several choke attempts as she attempted to score a takedown. Eventually, however, the former bantamweight champ was able to take Pennington to the floor. Tate looked to the close distance once again in round two, but much of the frame saw the fighters battle along the cage. When the two were at striking distance, Pennington continued to land some nice jabs and right hands. In round three, Tate took the fight down by pulling guard, but was unable to score any sweeps or submissions. Pennington landed shots from above, and at one point, threatened again with a choke.
Wow. Tate has announced that she’s retiring from fighting. The former champ said it’s “not my time anymore”.
Raquel Pennington def. Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
Neither man offered much in volume during the opening minutes of the fight, but then Weidman started firing in plenty of kicks and takedown attempts. Before the first round ended, Weidman took the decorated wrestler to the mat. Weidman continued to throw kicks and threaten with takedowns in round two, but Romero countered with hard kicks to the body. Later in the round, Romero scored a couple of nice trips and a takedown. Shortly into round three, Romero blasted Weidman with a vicious flying knee that floored the former champ and opened up a massive gash in his head. Romero landed a couple more punches, but the fight could have been stopped sooner. Electrifying win for the Cuban.
Yoel Romero def. Chris Weidman via TKO (flying knee and punches) R3, 0:24
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
As expected, the fight was dominated by striking, and for much of the first four rounds the strawweight champ Jedrzejczyk won the exchanges. But in round four, Kowalkiewicz cracked the champion with a right hand that sent her reeling back into the cage. Jedrzejczyk managed to recover, and continued her attacks for the remainder of the round. Both women fired heavy shots in the final round, and the challenger landed some telling shots, but it was too little, too late.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
Both men were hesitant to let the strikes fly early on, but as Thompson attempted a kick, Woodley took the challenger to the mat. For the remainder of the round, Woodley maintained top position, and he opened a cut on Thompson’s nose with a strike from above. Thompson pressed forward throughout round two, and had Woodley on the defensive throughout much of the frame. Round three saw Thompson moving forward early on and staying busier, but by mid round, Woodley started to press forward and he landed some nice shots. In round four, Woodley dropped Thompson with a booming right hand, and as he got up, the champ proceeded to land several more big shots. Woodley dropped back for a guillotine choke, but Thompson managed to survive. Thompson was the aggressor for much of round five, but as the fight neared it’s end, Woodly attempted to flurry in a couple of times.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor
The opening round saw McGregor drop Alvarez several times with his feared left hand. To the credit of Alvarez, the lightweight champ managed to recover and made it out of the round. In round two, McGregor continued to pick Alvarez apart with his left hand, and after sending the champ to the ground one more time, the bout was called. A one sided, and historic win for McGregor.
Conor McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez via KO (punches) R2, 3:04