There had been all kinds of hype entering Saturday night at Madison Square Garden for UFC 205. This was the first time the UFC has been in New York in over 20 years, after a statewide ban against MMA was lifted on March 22. Madison Square Garden was going crazy to see the UFC back in the city and state. If that wasn’t enough, UFC president Dana White delivered the greatest card in the history of the sport. With all those expectations, you had to wonder, could UFC 205 live up to the hype?

UFC 205 not only lives up to the hype, but surpasses it

The prelims delivered some terrific fights, as Khabib Nurmagomedov showed he could be ready for a lightweight title fight with a dominating victory against Michael Johnson.

Also on the prelims was New York native Frankie Edgar, who won a physical slugfest against Jeremy Stephens. On the main card, Miesha Tate announced her retirement after her loss to Raquel Pennington. The next middleweight championship fight may have been set as Yoel Romero defeated Chris Weidman with a vicious knee to the head.

With all these fights, that would be good enough for the card to be a success, but it was just the start of something amazing. The fight of the night was for the welterweight title as Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson put on a fight for the ages. Woodley dropped Thompson early and often, as he scored a knockdown in the first round, but it was the fourth round that made this fight legendary.

Woodley again dropped Thompson with a punch, and then sunk in a guillotine that would have submitted 99 percent of the people on the planet.

However, Thompson was somehow able to escape the submission, and ended up making it out of the round. The fight would go five, and be put in hands of the judges.

Bruce Buffer came and announced the socres were 47-47, 47-47 and 48-47 Woodley, calling him the winner by split decision. However, that was a mistake, and the fight was actually called a majority draw, meaning Woodley still kept his belt. This was one of three championship fights, and it was the performances by two fighters in these fights that made this card the greatest of all-time.

Joanna Jedrzeczyk in trouble for first time in UFC career, responds like champion she is

Going up against fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz , Jedrzeczyk was winning a competitive fight through three rounds, but found herself in a bad situation in round four. Kowalkiewicz showed her talent by landing some big time strikes, hurting the champion worse than she had ever been hurt. However, Jedrzeczyk showed what she was made of, and bounced back to win the fifth round and win the fight. Ronda Rousey is widely known as the best women’s fighter of all-time in the UFC, but Jedrzeczyk has now entered the conversation. Speaking of the best fighter of all-time, Conor McGregor also staked his claim to that title on Saturday night.

Conor McGregor becomes first fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts at the same time

Randy Couture and B.J. Penn were the only two fighters to have a belt in two different weight classes, but they did not hold them at the same time. McGregor joined them by knocking out lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the second round, ending the night with a record setting performance.

In the first round, McGregor knocked Alvarez down three times, showing why he is one of the greatest strikers in the history of the sport. Nothing changed in the second round, as once again, McGregor was picking him apart, until he delivered one of the prettiest four-punch combinations you will ever see to end the fight in the middle of the second round.

After the fight, he delivered what may have been his best post-fight speech yet, while also telling the world he is going to be a father for the first time. He delivered his greatest performance on Saturday night at the biggest pay-per-view of all-time. Love him or hate him, McGregor staked his claim as the greatest of all-time.

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