#UFC205 will be iconic in its own right, being the first time the UFC have hosted an event in the state of New York and it will take place in the famous Madison Square Garden on November 12th. Having overcome rigorous laws to host the event, the next big challenge is putting on a fight card worthy of such a venue.
So with that in mind we at #WHOATV have donned our matchmaker hats and come up with a few bouts we would love to see take place in New York. Enjoy;
Eddie Alvarez Vs Conor McGregor
Well it seems as though this one is already in the talks and I personally am a big fan of this fight. I actually prefer this matchup than the McGregor/Aldo rematch and I also don’t believe we will see McGregor back at 145lbs during his UFC career. Alvarez is one of the toughest fighters on the UFC roster and I think he would give Conor some real challenges and would certainly be in my eyes anyway, McGregor’s toughest test. Alvarez can do it all and showed just how dangerous he is on the feet in his stunning Title victory over Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor is still keen to make history and hold two UFC belts at the same time and you have to think that the UFC will grant the Irishman his opportunity in doing so, but Alvarez will be a much tougher test than dos Anjos for McGregor.
Frankie Edgar Vs Anthony Pettis
There has been a lot of talk about Pettis being projected straight into number three position in the Featherweight rankings following his excellent display against Charles Oliveira, but let’s not forget Frankie Edgar who would make a cracking opponent for Pettis. Pettis is renowned for his striking but clearly showed in his last outing just how good he is on the ground, an area he would undoubtedly be tested in if he was to fight Frankie. Edgar is known for his cast iron chin and has never been stopped during his fighting career so would also give Pettis an opportunity to tick that box and see just how much power he brings down to the 145lbs division. I think that if Pettis was able to get past Edgar then it makes sense to put his name in the mix for Title shots/number one contender bouts but it would be an injustice to put him in that picture without facing one of the best beforehand.
Chris Weidman Vs Yoel Romero
With Romero currently serving a 6 month suspension and Weidman pushed aside of the Title picture why not throw together these top Middleweight’s with a view for the winner to get back into Title contention. Romero is undefeated in his seven UFC outings and arguably should of received his Title shot by now but you can’t change the past and having a win over a former Champion would only make his case for a shot even stronger. Weidman hasn’t fought since dropping his belt to Rockhold back in December 2015 and the opportunity to fight in New York for him would be the next best thing to fighting for a Title. This fight could headline any fight night show and could definitely serve as a co-main event on the UFC’s debut in New York.
Al Iaquinta Vs Jim Miller
In my opinion Al Iaquinta just has to be on the New York card as does Jim Miller so why not match them up with each other in what would promise to be a very entertaining bout. Miller is coming off the back of a FOTN victory over Joe Lauzon and is riding a two fight win streak and whilst he may not be a higher ranked opponent that Iaquinta is undoubtedly seeking, would provide Al with a very tough fight and opportunity to further solidify himself as a top Lightweight contender. The bout would offer Miller the chance to put a halt to Iaquinta’s current four fight win streak and put himself back into the top ten of 155lbers. The fans definitely wouldn’t lose in this one and it could steal the show on any card.