Thursday 18 January 2018

UFC 205: What time is Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor, what TV channel is it on and who else is on the fight card?

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Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's mouthwatering clash between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.

What time does it start and when is McGregor vs Alvarez?

The main card gets going at 3am GMT on the morning of Sunday Nov 13, but there are five bouts then ahead of headliners Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez.

Which venue is hosting?

UFC 205 will grace Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York in the United States.

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 2 will broadcast the main card and one of the other preliminary cards in the UK; you'll need the UFC Fight Pass to see the other prelim bouts.

The broadcast begins at 1am and is scheduled to end at 7am, if that gives you a better idea of timings.

You can also follow all the action on our dedicated UFC 205 live blog on

Who else is on the fight card?

Main card

Lightweight - Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor

Welterweight - Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson

Women's  - StrawweightJoanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Middleweight - Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero

Welterweight - Kelvin Gastelum vs Donald Cerrone

Women's Bantamweight - Miesha Tate vs Raquel Pennington

Prelim card (Fox)

Featherweight - Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens

Lightweight - Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

Middleweight - Rafael Natal vs Tim Boetsch

Welterweight - Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad

Prelim card (UFC Fight Pass)

Lightweight - Jim Miller vs Thiago Alves

Women's Bantamweight - Liz Carmouche vs Katlyn Chookagian

What is at stake?

Conor McGregor, the featherweight titleholder is stepping up to challenge for Eddie Alvarez's lightweight title in the first confrontation between two sitting champions of separate weight divisions since UFC 94, in 2009.

McGregor arrives off the back of two fights with Nate Diaz in the heavier welterweight category, and has responded fiercely to criticism that he has not yet defended his featherweight title since winning it inside 13 seconds against Jose Aldo last December.

Further down the bill, Stephen Thompson will try to overthrow Tyron Woodley as king of the welterweight division, after Woodley claimed the crown from Robbie Lawlor at UFC 201.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz contest the women's strawweight title, with the latter the challenger but both Polish fighters unbeaten in their professional careers thus far. Kowalkiewicz did, however, lose to Jedrzejczyk in an amateur bout in 2012.

How do Alvarez and McGregor measure up?


What are they saying?

Conor McGregor, UFC featherweight champion

Wherever I choose to go, I’m prepared to go there

I feel great at this weight (lightweight). Obviously, it’s tougher to get to featherweight, but I think it’s crazy the way they say I can’t get to featherweight no more or all these crazy things. Like I haven’t gone in there and taken out the whole division as early as last year.

Then they’re talking about stripping [my title] and vacating and all this stuff, it’s like hold on a minute — what did I just go and do there? Am I not champion?

I can defend them both [lightweight and featherweight titles]. Vacate? We’ll see about that. I fight every week.

Eddie Alvarez, UFC lightweight champion

This guy is so offensive-minded and never on the defence, that whenever you put him on the defence he gets so flustered and so upset.

At a certain point in our press conference call he got desperate. He started talking about my wife and kids and things like that. That for me is just a sign of desperation.

If we were in a fight and I was putting him on the defence, I looked at this like this man is just closing his eyes throwing 'Bolos'. Just to see him cross that, it's good. It's a good sign for me.

What are the latest betting odds?

Conor McGregor to win: 8/13

Eddie Alvarez to win: 5/4

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