We will have a new president elected by the time Saturday night rolls around, and there is also a chance that we may see a few Championship belts change hands by the time UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden in New York ends. The Alvarez versus McGregor fight is the one that everyone is waiting for, but there are several great bouts on the undercard. Let’s look at what’s on tap for Saturday night, and make some online betting predictions as we go.
In Depth Analysis On The UFC 205 Main Card Betting Predictions
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson
Tyron Woodley is coming in as the current champion in the Welterweight division after a surprising win over Robbie Lawler earlier in the year. His first defense figures to be a tough one, as he will be going against Stephen Thompson who has earned his shot by winning 7-straight fights. Woodley relies heavily on a wrestling background, while Thompson is a brawler with the reach to keep opponents outside. That should give Thompson the edge, and I like him to win by KO in the 4th.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Jedrzejczyk has been dominant in the women’s strawweight division, and this will be her 4th defense of the title she currently holds. These two women met a few years back as amateurs, and it was Jedrzejczyk who came away with a decision victory in that one. Kowalkiewickz is a fighter who I constantly on the move in the octagon, and the champ is going to have to work hard to track her down. She will do that eventually, and should get the win in the later rounds.
Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
These are two men who could well be looking at a Middleweight title shot with a win at UFC 205. Weidman us coming off the first defeat of his UFC career, and will be going against a fighter in Romero who is a perfect 7-0 in his first 7 UFC bouts. This is a bout that is likely to be decided on hitting power, and Romero could sneak it if he gets to Weidman early, but the problem there is that he is going against a man that can take the hits. I like Weidman to win by TKO in the 4th.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone
This is a fantastic welterweight match-up that could have title fight implications for the future. Cerrone has looked good since moving from lightweight to welterweight, and has reeled off 3-straight wins. Cerrone has been up and down in his last 4 bouts in this weight class, but is coming off a big win over Johny Hendricks. Another win here could put him in the title fight conversation. This has the potential to be the best fight of the night, and I am giving the edge to Cerrone given his versatility.
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor
This is the chance for the Irishman to make history as he aims to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes at the same time. For that to happen, he is going to get past defending lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The hype surrounding this fight has been huge, thanks in large part to McGregor mouthing off about how quickly he is going to end it. These bouts seldom live up to the hype, and both men are likely going to spend a lot of time grappling against the cage. If it goes that way, give the nod to McGregor by decision.