UFC 205 has been tipped as the best pay-per-view ever produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, firstly thanks to Conor McGregor headlining one of the best cards in its history, and secondly because it will be the first of its kind to take place in New York City.
Madison Square Garden will be the venue at which The Notorious attempts to dethrone lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and become the UFC’s first-ever dual-weight title-holder, and What Are The Odds has crunched the numbers for a momentous card, courtesy of Sky Bet.
As things stand, featherweight champion McGregor remains a 8/13 (1.62) favourite to take the 155lb belt on November 12, while The Silent Assassin is a 5/4 (2.25) dark horse to successfully defend his strap.
That being said, while Alvarez may be the underdog with four weeks to run until their clash, there’s a good chance the Philadelphia native, who will bank on strong support in New York - could see the odds continue to fall in his favour.
Sky Bet are also offering UFC 205 odds on just how the headliner will be decided, and while McGregor is evens (2.00) to win by TKO or knockout, the hard-hitting Alvarez is an enticing 9/2 (5.50) to triumph by the same means.
Alvarez could also be seen as the superior grappler and floor technician, and after his November opponent was submitted by Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March, Alvarez is also 9/2 (5.50) to win by submission. Alternatively, the Irish representative may emerge victorious by decision, the same manner in which he clinched his revenge against Diaz at UFC 202, and he’s listed at 15/2 (8.50) to see the judges score in his favour.
UFC 205 will feature no fewer than three title fights, with welterweight champ Tyron Woodley poised to defend his crown against Stephen Thompson, while women’s strawweight title-holder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will face Polish compatriot Karolina Kowalkiewicz looking to retain her belt.
Alvarez isn’t the only champion to defend as the underdog, either, as Woodley enters his bout with Thompson at 11/8 (2.38), while his opponent is a much more favourable 4/7 (1.57). This will be Woodley’s first defence of the welterweight title since stealing it from Robbie Lawler’s grasp at UFC 201 in July, while “Wonderboy” Thompson comes to Madison Square Garden on the back of a seven-fight win streak, four of which came about via knockout.
Jedrzejczyk is the only reigning champion who will be favourite for her title match, with UFC 205 odds, priced at 2/7 (1.29) to emerge from the New York bout with the belt still around her waist, leaving Kowalkiewicz in her dust as an 11/4 (3.75) underdog.
These two fighters met as amateurs back in 2012, where Jedrzejczyk won via submission in the first round, and JJ is 15/2 (8.50) to once again end their duel in the opening round this time around. Kowalkiewicz is out for revenge and also holds an undefeated professional record, meaning an upset isn’t beyond her means, and she’s 6/1 (7.00) to triumph on points, the same method by which she’s won her last five fights.
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