UFC 205: Twitter reacts to McGregor's win

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Conor McGregor.

Social media, as ever, has gone into over-drive following Conor McGregor’s sensational win against Eddie Alvarez in their UFC 205 bout.

The 28-year-old made history by becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously with a second-round knockout at New York’s  Madison Square Garden.

What did you make of the fight?

Here are the best tweets so far:

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UFC 205: Our big fight predictions

Alex Rea 12/11/2016

The UFC makes its debut in New York City on Monday morning as featherweight champ Conor McGregor looks to become the first simultaneous multi-division UFC champ when he takes on lightweight king Eddie Alvarez.

The card is stacked from top to bottom with three title fights heading up a five-fight main card bonanza.

Our MMA reporter Alex Rea makes his predictions for all five of the main card clashes.

EDDIE ALVAREZ vs CONOR McGREGOR

WINNER: McGregor

METHOD OF VICTORY: Second round KO

VERDICT: Eddie Alvarez’s style of wrestling is to back his opponents up against the cage and try to smother them to the ground but Conor McGregor has shown in the past his takedown defence is legit. In open space, the Irishman has the reach advantage and he’s incredibly accurate, a danger for a fighter who gets hit often.

TYRON WOODLEY vs STEPHEN THOMPSON

WINNER: Woodley

METHOD OF VICTORY: First round KO

VERDICT: Tyron Woodley comes into this as an underdog. That’s a position all-too familiar for him but don’t sleep on the welterweight champ. Yes, Stephen Thompson is one of the most unpredictable strikers in MMA – he’s more akin to a power ranger – but Woodley’s ability to burst into life and unleash his right-hand is deadly.

JOANNA JEDREJCZYK vs KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ

WINNER: Jedrzejczyk

METHOD OF VICTORY: Unanimous decision

VERDICT: In the battle between Poland’s best MMA fighters, Jedrzejczyk should come out on top. She has switched training camps, moving to American Top Team, so there are the question marks over that but the strawweight champ is arguably the best striker in MMA and will prove too much for an inexperienced Kowalkiewicz.

CHRIS WEIDMAN vs YOEL ROMERO 

WINNER: Romero

METHOD OF VICTORY: Second round KO

VERDICT: Possibly the hardest fight on the entire card to predict. Yoel Romero is a physical specimen. He’s built like a Hummer and gets the same depleted milage but the Cuban is efficient and has dynamite in his left-hand. Weidman has more ways to win and pressures incessantly but that left-hand is just too dangerous.

MIESHA TATE vs RAQUEL PENNINGTON

WINNER: Tate

METHOD OF VICTORY: Unanimous decision

VERDICT: A tough one to call because both Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington are similar fighters. They’re both durable and crafty but Tate is vastly more
experienced and should grind it out. However, it depends on which version of the former bantamweight champ turns up after losing the belt to Amanda Nunes in July.

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UFC 205: Woodley relishing being the underdog

Alex Rea 12/11/2016
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Warring welterweights: Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson (r).

Tyron Woodley may well be the welterweight champion when he makes his way to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 205 – but that doesn’t make him the favourite.

As was the case when he took the belt from Robbie Lawler with a sensational first-round knockout at UFC 201, the 34-year-old is the underdog as he faces top contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.

The challenger is riding a seven-fight win streak, which includes the scalps of former champ Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald, and is widely regarded as the best striker in MMA having entered the sport with a kickboxing record as clean as his persona (57-0.) Indeed, many have been quick to write off Woodley’s chances, but the champion, who needed the towel but weighed in at 169.8lbs with Thompson tipping the scales 169lbs, is relishing playing a familiar role.

“I like being the underdog,” Woodley said ahead of the clash. “I think my last five or six fights I’ve been the underdog, and I’ve only lost one. In general, statistically showing, I do well as the underdog.

“Thompson will be knocked out stiff at UFC 205. I will have the most memorable performance on the card.”

Thompson, though, would agree with the notion he is the favourite heading into the clash and the 33-year-old expects to exit the
Octagon with the 170lbs belt in toe.

“Every time I visualise this fight (and) I don’t like to make predictions; I will go five rounds, but every time I visualise this fight I get the belt wrapped around my waist and get my hand raised,” Thompson said.

One champion who will be a heavy favourite in Madison Square Garden, though, is Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114.4lbs). The undefeated women’s strawweight queen faces Polish compatriot Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.4lbs) as she looks to make a fourth defence of her crown.

Jedrzejczyk, the pound-for-pound best female MMA fighter on the planet, relocated to Florida in preparation for the bout as she switched training camps to join the renowned American Top Team.

However, she doesn’t anticipate the shake-up will have any side effects come tomorrow.

“I feel a better fighter,” she said. “I’m very happy, I’ve done an amazing job with American Top Team. I feel really good.

“My mind is open, I feel free, coming there was the best decision of my life and I hope I’m going to prove that against Karolina.”

Familiar foe: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Familiar foe: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Elsewhere, hometown favourite Chris Weidman (185.8lbs) meets Yoel Romero (185.6lbs) in a middleweight clash with title implications.

Former champ Weidman is fighting for the first time since he surrendered the belt to Luke Rockhold last December – who then lost it to current title holder Michael Bisping – having undergone neck surgery. Romero has had the same time away from the Octagon but due to a failed drugs test which saw him banned for six months.

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