MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: McGregor-Alvarez, Thompson-Woodley to headline UFC 205

UFC 205Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez for lightweight title at UFC 205 Late Monday, the UFC confirmed featherweight champion Conor McGregor (20-3) will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-4) for his title belt at 155 pounds in the main event at UFC 205 on November 12th. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas just opened McGregor as a -125 favorite (bet $125 to win $100) against Alvarez, who is listed as a -105 underdog at Several Bookmakers sportsbook. The blockbuster matchup was rumored to take place at the organization’s first-ever promotion in New York City but became a reality when UFC president Dana White told ESPN that McGregor will get the opportunity to become the first fighter ever to hold both belts in those two divisions at the same time. “This is the fight the fans wanted, and I’m excited that our very first event at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Conor McGregor,” White told ESPN. “This card has three world title fights and is the best card in UFC history.” The UFC later confirmed the championship bout between Alvarez and McGregor will happen at UFC 205 on its own website after announcing Stephen Thompson will challenge welterweight champ Tyron Woodley as one of two other title fights on the historic card at Madison Square Garden. Thompson (13-1) is currently listed as a -195 favorite versus Woodley (16-3), who is a +160 underdog at Several Bookmakers sportsbook. The third title fight was reported here on Monday, pitting strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (12-0) against challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0). The UFC 205 press conference is also set for later today, presumably to officially announce the full card. Until then, here’s an updated look at UFC 205… Eddie Alvarez (28-4) vs. Conor McGregor (20-3) for lightweight title Tyron Woodley (16-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (13-1) for welterweight title Joanna Jędrzejczyk (12-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0) for women’s strawweight title Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. Yoel Romero (12-1) Donald Cerrone (31-7, 1 No-Contest) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (12-2) Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. Raquel Pennington (8-5) Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (25-12) Tim Kennedy (18-5) vs. Rashad Evans (19-5-1) Tim Boetsch (19-10) vs. Rafael Natal (21-7-1) Jim Miller (27-8, 1 NC) vs. Thiago Alves (21-10) Lyman Good (19-3, 1 NC) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-1) Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-0)

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