So what’s the delay with the UFC 205 fight card slated for Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York?
While a couple of bouts have been finalized, UFC officials have yet to name the main event. Most speculation has centered on the UFC trying to finalize negotiations for a fight between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez.
It would certainly make sense. That would be a blockbuster bout on any card, and the UFC is surely bent on making a statement when it debuts in New York.
That coupled with company president Dana White saying repeatedly that McGregor is not going to be fighting again at welterweight any time soon – he would instead defend his belt at featherweight or give it up and fight at lightweight – would certainly point a significant finger in the direction of McGregor vs. Alvarez.
White shut down such speculation on Tuesday, responding to a fan’s tweet asking him to confirm or deny McGregor vs. Alvarez for UFC 205, by saying, “Not true. It’s Khabib Nurmagomedov.”
@kylemuir17 @TheNotoriousMMA @Ealvarezfight not true it’s @TeamKhabib
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 21, 2016
That fight – Alvarez vs. Nurmagomedov – also makes sense. Alvarez won the UFC lightweight championship in his most recent fight, defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 in July. Nurmagomedov is undefeated at 23-0, returned to action in April of this year, and is also the No. 1 contender at 155 pounds.
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While a case can be made for either fight, even White’s public denial does little to provide clues as to which direction the promotion is steering.
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