UFC 205 is not only the biggest event the company will put on since the landmark UFC 200, but it is arguably the most significant card in the promotion's history.
The pay-per-view will be the first UFC event hosted in the State of New York after the longtime professional MMA ban was revoked in early 2016.
Prior to UFC 205, UFC 7 was the only event contested in the state, taking place in September of 1995 in Buffalo.
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The event on November 12 needs a major fight in order for the long-awaited card to do itself justice and to ensure that the massive market of New York is blown away with the UFC.
That's where their resident poster boy and arguably, the most polarising fighter in the world comes into play.
Conor McGregor only defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202 back in August, but according to Joe Rogan on his podcast this week, the Irishman is being lined up to main event the show with UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
“I know a little something that I wish I could tell,” said Rogan, in a chat with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub.
“It’s an interesting fight. If it happens ... allegedly at Madison Square Garden ... allegedly in a couple of months. Maybe it’s going to happen, I don’t know...
“But if it does happen, Eddie is a big boy. He can grapple. He’s a f***ing grinder and whatever endurance issues Conor may have, he better iron those f***ers out before you go to town with that guy.”
Alvarez upset Rafael dos Anjos - who was originally meant to fight McGregor before his first bout with Diaz - in July to capture the strap.
After finishing the Brazilian via first round TKO he immediately called out McGregor: “I would ask Dana White to give me an easier fight like Conor McGregor,” Alvarez baited. “I deserve that, I’ve been fighting the best guys, so I would like a gimme fight, so Conor, I more than welcome that.”
UFC president Dana White had previously stated he would like to see McGregor go back to featherweight and defend his UFC title, and surely a bout with interim champion Jose Aldo would beckon.
But with UFC 205 only eight weeks away this Saturday, the need for star power may well persuade White otherwise.
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