On Saturday, Nov. 12, the UFC will make its long-awaited debut in New York as it hosts UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The event will be headlined by three title fights. In the top-billing, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez looks to make the first defense of his belt against featherweight kingpin Conor McGregor. Alvarez, a former Bellator MMA titleholder, took the belt away from Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos in July with a first-round TKO finish. McGregor, meanwhile, has never defended the 145-pound title. The Irishman split a pair of welterweight bouts with Nate Diaz earlier this year and will now look to hold two belts simultaneously.
In the night’s co-main event, another recently crowned champion, Tyron Woodley, puts his title on the line for the first time against striking stalwart Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Finally, the women’s strawweight belt is also up for grabs as champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk clashes with fellow Polish striking sensation, Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
The remainder of the card is littered with former champions from multiple divisions, including Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar and Miesha Tate.
The 12-fight event kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts follow at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the six-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Above is live video of the event’s pre-fight press conference which takes place Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. ET (courtesy of the UFC).
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson
Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian