The main card is highlighted by the main event featuring two reigning champions as Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will meet in the Octagon to fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship belt. The title bout between Alvarez and McGregor will mark just the second time in the history of the sport that two current title holders in different weight classes (McGregor holds Featherweight) will square off for the same belt.
Alvarez holds a 3-1 record in UFC matches and will now be looking to make his first successful title defense after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos back on July 7th. Alvarez will be looking to use a tactical approach against the smaller, faster McGregor.
McGregor (20-3) is the biggest star in UFC and will be looking to make good on his prediction Wednesday afternoon that Alvarez is going to get knocked out in Round 1. Conor last fought on August 20th in UFC 202 in Las Vegas where he avenged a prior loss to Nate Diaz winning by decision, albeit a controversial one.
According to Bet365 McGregor is favoured to win the match paying 1.58 on the moneyline compared to the 2.40 line on the underdog Alvarez.
The co-main event on Saturday night will feature current champ Tyrone Woodley as he tries to defend his UFC Welterweight belt against a very fierce fighter in five time kickboxing world champion Stephen Thompson. Woodley is a dynamic fighter that can win a match a number of different ways. He uses a combination of boxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and owns an MMA record of 16-3. Saturday’s bout will be his first since winning the Welterweight title over then champ Robbie Lawler with a first round knockout.
Thompson is a very dangerous fighter and will be looking to earn his eighth straight win on Saturday night in his first Championship fight. A combination of kickboxing and kenpo karate make the 33-year old from South Carolina the heavy favourite on Saturday as his current betting line on Bet365 is 1.50. The defending champ Tyrone Woodley is paying a juicy 2.70 to successfully defend.
The third and final title fight in Manhattan will feature the UFC Women’s Strawweight as Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will square off. Jędrzejczyk is the reigning champ and a perfect 12-0 in her MMA career. She will also be looking to successfully defend her title for a fourth consecutive time which has spanned an impressive 600 plus days and counting. Fellow Pollack Karolina Kowalkiewicz also brings her undefeated record of 10-0 into Saturday night however it’s the defending champion Jędrzejczyk who is heavily favoured. According to Bet365, Jędrzejczyk is paying 1.25 on the moneyline for a fourth consecutive title defense. Kowalkiewicz is paying a very juicy 4-1 odds to pull the upset.
No matter how you look at it the trio of Championship fights on Saturday night will be must watch theater. With so many big names and massive personalities there really is a fight for everyone. Add that to the fact that these fights will be showcased in front of the biggest arena in the world at Madison Square Garden and you have one heck of a Saturday night ahead of you.