Mon, Nov 7, 1:53am by Jake Equid
The wait for the UFC to arrive in New York is over and UFC 205 promises to be the most epic event in company history. The line-up looks like the greatest (on-paper) in UFC history with three title fights set for the UFC’s Madison Square Garden debut, including a champion vs. champion matchup.
The mixed martial arts franchise Ultimate Fighting Championship has never been in such fighting form. Since it was founded in 1993, it has become an established part of the sports mainstream, as adrenaline-hungry fans around the world have flocked to its signature blend of violence, athleticism and entertainment.
With a global fan base of 269 million, there has been but one bump in the path of UFC’s ascendancy: New York.
In a twist on the famous line about the city, UFC had made it everywhere—except in the country’s biggest market where the sport had been banned.
That all changed in March with state lawmakers voting to legalise MMA in the state, giving UFC the green light to New York’s lucrative advertising market and access to one of the hottest venues in sports, Madison Square Garden.
New York was, in fact, the last holdout and now the sport has a presence in all 50 states.
On Sunday’s blockbuster card and in the main event, featherweight champion and Irish superstar Conor McGregor ($1.67) looks to make history when he faces lightweight king Eddie Alvarez ($2.21) in an attempt to become the first fighter to hold two UFC titles at the same time.
Rounding out this six-fight, four-hour main card is former middleweight champion Chris Weidman ($1.62) against Yoel Romero ($2.30), surging welterweight contender Donald Cerrone ($1.53) versus Kelvin Gastelum ($2.49), and former women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate ($1.54) against Raquel Pennington ($2.48).
Here’s the odds for the full card thanks to Sportsbet:
Eddie Alvarez ($2.21) vs. Conor McGregor ($1.67) (for Alvarez’s lightweight belt)
Tyron Woodley ($2.66) vs. Stephen Thompson (1.48) (for Woodley’s welterweight belt)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($1.24) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz ($4.10) (for Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight belt)
Yoel Romero ($2.30) vs. Chris Weidman ($1.62)
Donald Cerrone ($1.53) vs. Kelvin Gastelum ($2.49)
Raquel Pennington ($2.48) vs. Miesha Tate ($1.54)
Thiago Alves ($1.58) vs. Jim Miller ($2.38)
Tim Boetsch ($2.38) vs. Rafael Natal ($1.58)
Liz Carmouche ($2.52) vs. Katlyn Chookagian ($1.52)
Frankie Edgar ($1.30) vs. Jeremy Stephens ($3.52)
Khabib Nurmagomedov ($1.33) vs. Michael Johnson ($3.34)
Rashad Evans ($3) vs. Tim Kennedy ($1.39)
Vicente Luque ($2.34) vs. Belal Muhammad ($1.60)
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