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Conor McGregor Snags a Second Belt and a Bonus at UFC 205

UFC president Dana White announced the fighter bonuses stemming from UFC 205 during the event’s post-fight press conference at Madison Square Garden in the early morning hours on Sunday. Conor McGregor, Yoel Romero, Tyron Woodley, and Stephen Thompson earned the $50,000 performance-based incentives.

Fight of the Night was awarded to the co-main event between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and top contender Stephen Thompson. Woodley secured a takedown in the first round and bloodied the challenger. Thompson came back and began to pick Woodley apart in the second and third frames. Woodley nearly finished “Wonderboy” in the fourth with strikes and a submission, but Thompson rebounded in the fifth resulting in a Majority Draw.

In the main event, Conor M02-Conor-McGregor-UFC-205-Presser-750x370cGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two world titles at the same time when he finished Eddie Alvarez to capture the lightweight belt.  McGregor dropped Alvarez three times in the opening frame and put him away early in the second round after knocking Alvarez down for the fifth time. 

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Yoel Romero earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his third-round knockout win over former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Heading into the third round of their main card bout, the scorecards were tied. Early in the final frame, Weidman ducked down, looking for a takedown. Romero perfectly timed a flying knee that sent the former titleholder crashing to the canvas. The finish came seconds later.

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor featured five decisions, one submission win, two knockout finishes, and one draw. 

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Conor McGregor Reveals He’s ‘Going to be a Daddy Next Year’

Conor McGregorConor McGregor made history on Saturday at UFC 205 by becoming the first fighter to hold two divisional tites at the same time in the fight promotion’s 23-year history when he defeated lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

McGregor holds the 145-pound and the 155-pound titles.  But the Irishman faces a new challenge that could put his career on hold.   

“I’m going to be a daddy early next year,” McGregor revealed during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference. 

For a man that isn’t afraid to take on anyone inside the cage, becoming a father has him nervous. 

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“I’m crapping my jocks. I’m not going to lie. I don’t know what way to take it because I don’t want to be bringing a child into anything like this. I don’t want any celebrity-type (expletive). I hate that (expletive). I don’t want my family to be like that,” he said.  

Becoming a father may lead to McGregor taking an extended hiatus from the sport. 

“I’m just going to have this baby, take a little bit of time, and see the way I feel after that,” he said.

“I’m running from it to be honest. I’m crapping my jocks with the whole thing. I don’t know what to be doing with myself.”

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Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez Shatter Records with UFC 205

The UFC promised that its debut in New York City was going to be a blockbuster, and by all accounts, it was that and much more.

“I want to thank the Las Vegas Culinary Union for spending their members’ dollars making this the biggest night in UFC history,” said UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference at Madison Square Garden.

He was, of course, referring to the longstanding battle between the UFC’s former owners, the Fertitta brothers, and the Las Vegas Culinary Union, which helped to keep the promotion out of New York for several years. 

When they finally landed at The Garden with UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor, a card featuring three championship bouts, the UFC drew a crowd of 20,427 for a live gate of $17.7 million. That was good enough to shatter Madison Square Garden box-office records and UFC records.

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Although the UFC doesn’t typically reveal pay-per-view numbers, and wouldn’t have them on fight night even if they did, White said that pay-per-view numbers were trending “very good.” He confirmed that whatever the final tally is, it will break the promotion’s record, which was previously estimated to be somewhere around 1.6 million buys.

Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor UFC 205 weigh ceremonialThe fight at the core of the UFC 205 fight card was the headlining bout between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor.

In a battle for Alvarez’s belt, McGregor dominated the lightweight champ, knocking him out midway through the second round. 

The victory made him the only fighter in UFC history to hold title belts in two weight classes simultaneously. 

The significance of that fight wasn’t lost on White, who thinks it will take an otherwordly fight to ever surpass the numbers that UFC 205 did with Alvarez vs. McGregor.

“I don’t think that record will ever be broken. Jesus is gonna have to fight the devil to break that record, man.”

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Conor McGregor Makes History, Dominates Eddie Alvarez (UFC 205 Results)

Featherweight champion Conor McGregor entered the Octagon inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday trying to make history by becoming the fight fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time when he faced lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez.

Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor UFC 205 weigh ceremonialMcGregor strutted his way into the cage to the sound of cheering fans. When he exited it, he had two world title belts.

McGregor landed his left hand at will, dropping Alvarez three times in the opening round. After the third knockdown, McGregor following Alvarez to the canvas and delivered heavy shots from the top position. Alvarez was somehow able to survive the round, but as McGregor said during the pre-fight press conference, it was the McGregor show.

Alvarez desperately looked to get the fight to the ground in the second frame but was unsuccessful. At one point, McGregor put his hands behind his back and taunted the American. He knocked Alvarez down for a fourth time, but Alvarez got back to his feet. The end was soon to follow. McGregor delivered a combination that sent Alvarez crashing to the canvas. Referee John McCarthey had seen enough and stepped in before Alvarez could take any more damage.

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Following the fight, McGregor exchanged words with UFC president Dana White. He wanted to know where his second belt was. After having his hand raised after the official result was read, McGregor was agitated that he didn’t have two belts to display.

“Where the (expletive) is my second belt? I already got this one. Where’s the second one at? Cheap (expletive). $4.2 billion this company was sold for. Where’s that second belt,” he asked. “I just won they’re already trying to take that one off me.

“They should’ve had them two belts ready, special for me. It’s never been done before.”

Questioned if anything surprised him about the fight, McGregor answered, “Not one bit. They’re not on my level. You gotta have size, reach, length. You gotta have some attributes. If you come in anyway equal to me, I’m gonna rip your head off,” he said. “Eddie’s a solid competitor. Eddie’s a warrior, but he shouldn’t have been in here with me.”

McGregor said he would toy with Alvarez, and he did.  He said he’d be the first to hold two titles at the same time, and he did.  The brash Irishman was unapologetic for his in-your-face style of promotion and fighting. 

“I’ve spent a lot of time slaying everybody in the company. Backstage, I’m starting fights off everybody. I ridiculed everyone on the roster. I just want to say, from the bottom of me heart, I’d like to take this chance to apologize… to absolutely nobody!”

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Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson: What Was Up With That Scorecard?

After UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson went five full rounds at UFC 205 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, they had to go to the judges’ scorecards.

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson UFC 205 face-offBut that’s when things got weird. 

Bruce Buffer made his way to the Octagon, announcing that they were going to the scorecards, but then did an about face and headed out of the Octagon. Moments later, he was back in the cage, announcing the scores as 47-47, 47-47, and 48-47 for Woodley, stating it was a split-decision victory for the champion.

Woodley was mid-interview with Joe Rogan before Buffer was put back in the Octagon to correct the ruling. The scores didn’t change: Woodley won on one scorecard, but the fight was ruled a draw on the other two. In revising the outcome, Buffer announced the fight was a majority draw. 

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The champion looked flustered, but the outcome of the decision was the same, he retained his belt. In the case of a draw, the champion keeps his title. 

What did you think of the scoring? Here’s the judges’ scores, as recorded by the New York State Athletic Commission.

Woodley - Thompson UFC 205 Scorecard

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Yoel Romero Says He’s in Michael Bisping’s Head (UFC 205 video)

Yoel Romero talked to the press after his win over Chris Weidman at UFC 205 in New York City. After defeating Weidman, he’s now expected to be middleweight champion Michael Bisping‘s next challenger, and Romero believes he is getting into the champion’s head.

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Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson Fight to Majority Draw, but There Was a Scorecard Flub (UFC 205 Results)

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson fought to a majority draw in the co-main event of UFC 205 in New York on Saturday night. 

The 170-pound title fight was scored 47-47, 47-47, 48-47. With the fight result being a majority draw, Woodley kept his title.

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Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson UFC 205 face-offThe first two minutes of the bout consisted of the fighters measuring each other with very little action. It wasn’t until Thompson threw a kick that Woodley caught, allowing him to bring the fight to the ground. From there, Woodley battered away at Thompson, bloodying up his face with ground and pound.

The second round had Thompson controlling the center of the Octagon while Woodley largely had his back against the cage. Thompson threw various strikes as Woodley attempted to dodge and circle away. Thompson appeared to find his rhythm in the second.

Woodley countered in the third, landing significant strikes a number of times. Thompson, however, continued finding success while his opponent’s back was against the cage, landing punch combinations on Woodley at various moments. 

In the fourth, Woodley landed two strong right hands that wobbled Thompson, one reeling him back, the other knocking him down. Woodley continued the onslaught until he worked to get a guillotine choke. Thompson, though, persevered and got out of the hold to work from guard and throw strikes through the end of the round.

Woodley had trouble finding his mark in the fifth, seemingly tired from reaching the championship rounds. Thompson was able to pepper away with strikes and the two finished the 25-minute affair on the feet.

In a rare moment, Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer misspoke and announced the fight as a split-decision win for Woodley. However, after some in-Octagon discussion and during Woodley’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Buffer interupted the spot to announce the true result being a majority draw. Woodley appeared upset by the mistake, reflected shortly on the fight with Rogan and then walked out of the cage with his head down.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Relentlessly Defends Her Strawweight Championship (UFC 205 Results)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz gave UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk everything she had at the blockbuster UFC 205 event on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, but it wasn’t enough. Jedrzejczyk’s mixed martial arts record has been spotless, and she wasn’t about to let her countrywoman change that.

It took her a minute to get into the flow of the fight, but Jedrzejczyk was the first to come alive. She started landing multiple punch-kick combinations, doing a good job keeping her opponent guessing. Kowalkiewicz seemed content to throw mostly hands, although it was Jedrzejczyk that quickly became the busier fighter and landed the harder shots.

They spent some time on the fence in the clinch. Neither held a distinct advantage there, but Jedrzejczyk was better at finding openings. 

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In the second frame, Jedrzejczyk started to pull away, primarily by picking Kowalkiewicz apart with leg kicks. Kowalkeiwicz did a good job putting Jedrzejczyk on the fence on several occasions, but the champion held her own and more in the clinch, separated, and returned to chopping at the legs.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz - UFC 205Kowalkeiwicz had an opportunity to swing the momentum back in her favor when she caught a Jedrzejczyk kick, but couldn’t upset her balance and again ate more damaging blows for her effort. 

As the fight wore on, Jedrzejczyk only stepped up her game. She became more and more fluid in her attacks, as Kowalkiewicz became more hesitant. Not that Kowalkiewicz didn’t try, she continued to plow forward, attempting clinches and takedowns, but every time she did, she would receive a punishing blow from Jedrzejczyk, who would strike any time there was an opening… and many times when there wasn’t. 

Kowalkiewicz and her cornermen looked particularly concerned following the end of the third round, when Jedrzejczyk did a heavy amount of damage with knees and elbows from the clinch as the round ended.

Like a shark, Jedrzejczyk smelled blood in the water and amped up her attacks at the beginning of round four. She landed multiple kick combinations, attacking from both sides in a blur, and then opening up with punches. 

Then, out of nowhere, Kowalkiewicz landed a right hand that staggered the champion, sending her briefly to the canvas. Jedrzejczyk popped up and fought through her vulnerability, and a short time later was back on the attack. Kowalkiewicz had gained confidence, though, and tagged Jedrzejczyk a few more times before the end of the round. Jedrzejczyk finished strong, clinching and driving home several hard knees to the body.

As concerned as her corner was after round three, they were renewed after Kowalkiewicz’s success in round four, excitedly encouraging her heading into the final round.

Jedrzejczyk got her groove back a couple minutes into the fifth frame, letting her hands go with ferocity and continued her incessant leg kick attack. In the final minute, as they grappled along the fence, Jedrzejczyk punctuated the fight with several knees and elbows, not allowing Kowalkiewicz back into the fight.

Though she won a unanimous decision, Jedrzejczyk faced a tough fight and wore it on her face, a huge lump emerged over her right eye.

“Polish girls are the toughest in the world. Karolina was a very good challenge for me. She’s tough,” Jedrzejczyk said in the Octagon.

“You know why I stay a champion? Because I’m humble every day. I work hard every day. I’m very focused. I challenge myself every day. That’s why I’m still a champion. I didn’t disrespect Karolina. I knew that it was going to be a really tough fight.”

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