Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) as UFC 205 went down inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., in what was a a night of wild, exciting and history-making fights. In the main event of the evening, Conor McGregor etched himself into immortality by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in round two (see it) to win the Lightweight title and become the first man to hold two belts in as many divisions at the same time. In addition, Tyron Woodley held on to his title after fighting to a majority draw against striking sensation Stephen Thompson (recap), while Joanna Jedrzejczyk held on to her women's Strawweight title by outlasting Karolina Kowalkiewicz (see it again here).
Biggest Winner: Conor McGregor
Two-division champion ... that's all that needs to be said after "Notorious" knocked out Alvarez to do what no fighter in the history of UFC has ever done before. Not only did he hand Eddie his first-ever knockout loss, he made it look super easy, dominating the bout from the opening frame on the biggest stage ever. And if you thought the mouthy Irishman talked before, his verbal fire will be unmatched now that he has a title over each of his shoulders. He can continue to write his won ticket, call for whatever fight he wants and continue to piss off as many people as he can in the process. And you know what? He's earned it and he won't apologize for it.
Runner (s) Up: Yoel Romero and Raquel Pennington
Not only did Romero take out former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman to likely earn a shot at the division strap, he did it such a violent and impressive manner; knocking out "All American" with a vicious knee to the head the busted the former champ wide open and out him out for the count. A performance like that leaves no room for argument when it comes to handing him the next championship fight at 185 pounds.
By taking out former women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, not only did "Rocky" earn her fourth consecutive win, she finally got the signature victory she needed to put her over the top and inch he closer to a shot at the 135-pound strap. And with Ronda Rousey ready to challenged current champ Amanda Nunes at next month's UFC 207 event, you can bet Pennington will be an interested observer; especially since there is now one less contender she has to worry about.
Biggest Loser: Chris Weidman
The former 185-pound champion didn't exactly have the performance he wanted in front of his hometown crowd, getting clipped and dropped by one of the most vicious strikers in the middleweight division. The brutal defeat was his second straight loss, both via strikes as "All American" was finished by Luke Rockhold in his last outing. The two setbacks are crucial for Weidman, as the hopes he had of reclaiming his 185-pound title have dwindled dramatically, which means h's going to have to put together one hell of a winning streak if he wants to fight his way to the top of a very crowded division.
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