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UFC 205 Just Got A Whole Lot Tastier After Highly Anticipated Fight Announcement

UFC 205 Just Got A Whole Lot Tastier After Highly Anticipated Fight Announcement

UFC 205, the promotion's debut event inside the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden in New York, just keeps getting better.

In addition to the already announced bouts like Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy, Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero and the rumoured bout between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens, UFC 205 now has its very own title bout after it was confirmed on Friday evening that newly-crowned welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will defend his strap against number one contender Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson.

This is the logical title fight in the division. Woodley, who seized his belt from Robbie Lawler by shocking first round stoppage earlier this summer, had been campaigning for a 'money fight' with either Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre. Wonderboy, on the other hand, has forced the UFC's hand by virtue of a seven-fight win streak inside arguably the UFC's toughest division.

The clash between Woodley and Wonderboy would be a good headliner for practically any pay-per-view event the UFC could put on this year but with the New York debut such an historic moment for the company, you get the impression that they will want to pad the card even further. And this is where Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor comes into play.

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A more perfect fight for the UFC's NY debut you could not make. The Irish community in New York, Alvarez's fans from Philly? A perfect storm of MMA fight booking - all that's holding it up is the issue of McGregor not wanting to relinquish his featherweight belt.

Make it happen, Dana.

John Balfe

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