Despite the fact that Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor are headlining the stacked UFC 205 card in Madison Square Garden, it’s a fighter on the undercard that’s expected to receive the warmest of welcomes.
Chris Weidman had campaigned a lot to have mixed martial arts legalised in New York, and his efforts alongside other fighters such as Ronda Rousey eventually paid off when the event was announced, making it the first time the UFC will hold an event there.
MMA IN NEW YORK
It also helps that the former middleweight champion was born and raised in Baldwin, New York.
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Weidman was speaking to BJPenn.com and told them that he’s unsure as to whether having Notorious on the card will help him make money, especially since the title he once held is now in England with Michael Bisping.
His aim is to get a crack at the middleweight title, and the only way to do that is to get past Yoel Romero on November 12, before facing off against the winner of Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza.
However, most of the attention will understandably fall on the main event which has the lightweight title on the line, and when asked who he thinks will win, Weidman remained loyal to his fellow East Coast fighter.
ALVAREZ VS. MCGREGOR
He said: “Alvarez actually trains with one of my coaches so I’ve watched him train, he’s a tough dude, man.
“He’s at the top of his game and just became champion. He wants to prove something. Conor wants to prove something too. So you have two guys who definitely have something to prove.
“Alvarez is definitely the bigger guy. He’s gonna use his wrestling while Conor’s gonna try to keep it standing.
“It’s gonna be a tough fight, but I’m going with Alvarez on this one.”
A lot has been made of the superior wrestling ability of Alvarez, and it will be interesting to see whether McGregor enough in him to counter that for five rounds.
With a few weeks remaining until the fight, you can expect more trash talk from both camps but right now, it seems McGregor is winning the battle of the mind games.
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