Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC 205 goes down in New York City.
The card features three title fights, with the headliner taking place at lightweight. Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will attempt to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time when he takes on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
This post will cover the main card up to the headliner. So that means a big women’s bantamweight fight, a very important middleweight fight, and the other two title fights mentioned just above. The Alvarez vs. McGregor fight will have a separate post.
Live results and play-by-play will commence on this post at 10pm ET/7pm PT, the traditional starting time for PPVs. This was originally scheduled to be a six-fight PPV, but the removal of Kelvin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone has dropped it to the regular five. The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson [WW title]
Round 1 – Woodley is just staying on the outside so far. No one has thrown a strike a minute in. Wonderboy with a body kick finally. Leg kick, but Woodley caught and took him down. Woodley worked in half guard with a few elbows. Now going to the body. This is rather uneventful. Woodley with more short shots. Wonderboy gets full guard back. Woodley stood up and landed three body shots. He goes to the face now and Wonderboy is bleeding a gusher. 10-9 Woodley.
Round 2 – Woodley circles around the cage. Thompson in with a combination and Woodley ties him up. Wonderboy with a knee while in the clinch. They eventually break halfway through the round. Spinning back kick landed to the chest. Woodley shook his head. Thompson scores with a combo. Woodley lands a leg kick, but Thompson fires back with his hands. Left to the body and to the chin from Thompson. Straight right from Wonderboy. Right hook by Woodley. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 3 – Woodley with a straight right to start. Body jab and a side kick from Thompson. Two right hooks for Woodley. Thompson with a nice counter right when he tried again. Body shot from Wonderboy. Low leg kick from Thompson. Tyron responds with the same thing. Left from Thompson, and a 1-2. Thompson with a right to the body. Woodley choosing to fight off the cage still. Good jab from Woodley, but Thompson kicked the outside leg. Missed with a wheel kick. Two-punch counter from Thompson. They trade rights. Woodley pressing now. Hard inside leg kick from Woodley. Woodley with two rights. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 4 – Body shots from each. Thompson rips to the leg. Right couter from Wonderboy. Thompson with a combo. Woodley laded up with the right and dropped Thompson! He popped up and got cracked again. Woodley stayed on him. Thompson down again! Woodley’s all over him! Thompson stood up somehow, staggered back down, and Woodley went for a guillotine. Thompson survived though. Somehow. Now he drops with the guillotine. It looks like he’s done, but somehow Thompson is holding on. Thompson is punching him now! Nuts. Thompson working from the top with some punches. Thompson is crazy resilient. I’ll go 10-8 Woodley.
Round 5 – Thompson rips a head kick. Jumping head kick now. Woodley blocked both. Wonderboy with a combo. Woodley not doing anything so far. High kick from Thompson. Now to the body. Two leg kicks from Woodley, but Thompson fired back with the right. 1-2 from Thompson. Wonderboy with the counter right. Woodley’s still not doing much. They trade kicks. Body shot from Wonderboy, and a combo. Blood coming from the mouth of Woodley now. Woodley coming up short with the right now. Thompson with a three-punch response. Thompson with a hard left, now a right. Clearly his round. 10-9, and I have it as a 47-47 draw.
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson got to a majority draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47 Woodley)
Bruce Buffer originally announced Woodley as the winner, and everyone was confused. They corrected it a minute later.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz [SW Title]
Round 1 – Joanna with a leg kick. Nice straight left. Kowalkiewicz with a leg kick. Beautiful left hand/low kick combo from Joanna. They trade shots in the pocket. Karolina charges in and they exchange. Three punches and a right leg kick from Joanna. So nice. Tons of kicks from Jedrzekczyk. They clinch up against the cage. Knees to the body from Joanna. Hard elbow from Karolina as they separate. Another combo from Joanna. Joanna clinches up. Dirty boxing. They trade knees. Another elbow from Kowalkiewicz. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.
Round 2 – They touched gloves. Surprising. Karolina with a nice right. Joanna with a body kick, but Kowalkiewicz caught it and engaged in the clinch. Nice elbow from Joanna on the break this time. Nice lead left from Joanna. Body kick from Joanna. Now to the outside of the leg, twice. Inside now. Joanna has a bloody nose from a nice right. Kowalkiewicz looking for a takedown. Knee to the body. They break. Leg kick from Joanna. A head kick from Joanna got caught, but she can’t get the takedown. Hard combo from Joanna. More leg kicks. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.
Round 3 – Kicks aplenty from Joanna, and they clinch up. Head kick from Kowalkiewicz. Joanna fires back with a combo. Karolina catches a body kick but eats a knee. Joanna gets the best of an exchange in the pocket. Karolina scores with another kick. Front kick to the body from Jedrzejczyk. They clinch up again. A whole lot of clinch work. Nice elbow from Joanna on the break. 10-9 Joanna.
Round 4 – A ton of kicks from Joanna. Karolina gets sicks of it and steps in to brawl, catching Joanna with a few shots. So Jedrzejczyk ties her up. They get back to the center and Karolina lands a spinning elbow. She staggered Joanna with a straight right to the grill! Joanna’s hurt! She’s down! Back up right away though, and firing back. Karolina lands again! WOW! Joanna gets a takedown but Karolina pops right back up. Joanna just clinching now. Another good elbow on the break. Leg kick from Joanna. Two big rights from Kowalkiewicz. Joanna returns fire. Nice uppercut and right hook by Karolina! Joanna back with a knee and a combo at the horn. 10-9 Kowalkiewicz.
Round 5 – Body kick from Joanna. Joanna’s nose is busted up. Elbow in tight from Jedrzejczyk. Joanna staying active with kicks to keep Kowalkiewicz on the outside. Front kicks and a right from Joanna. Hard elbow in close from Jedrzejczyk after Karolina missed with a spinning backfist. They’re brawling in the pocket now, and Karolina cracked her with a right. Kowalkiewicz with a nice jab and they clinch up. Hard elbow and left from Joanna. Two hard elbows from Joanna. They brawl all the way to the horn. Great fight. 10-9 and 49-46 Jedrzejczyk.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Round 1 – Leg kick from Weidman. Now they’re staring at each other. Lots of feinting. Hard, hard body kick from Romero. Weidman with a body kick. We’re two minutes in an that’s all that h as happened. weidman scooped a single and dropped Romero to his butt, but he popped up right away. A right scores for Weidman. Three body kicks from Weidman and he’s looking for a takedown again. Romero reverses and lands a right hook. Hard leg kick from Weidman. Romero with a superman punch, but Weidman landed a counter. Romero pushes forward with two lefts. Weidman wit ha single again and puts Romero on his butt again. He jumps on his back when Romero pops up this time though. 10-9 Weidman.
Round 2 – Romero poured water all over himself and delayed the start of the round. Body kick from Weidman. Romero stuffs a takedown attempt. Romero with a left and an inside leg kick. Another takedown attempt stuffed by Romero. Nice left by Weidman, and an inside leg kick. Winging left scores for Romero. Body kick from Weidman. Knee to the body from Weidman. Romero complaining of an eye poke and the ref stops it briefly. Weidman with a right. Romero with a hard body kick that Weidman caught, but Romero’s balance is pretty incredible. Romero faked a takedown attempt. Romero with a SICK trip takedown and he spun around to his back when Weidman opooped up. He’s working a body lock, trying to drag Weidman back down. Knee to the thigh. Romero dragged him down again, only for a second though. Now he just bullrushed him across the cage and took him down in the center of the octagon. That’s a powerful dude. Punches from Romero. 10-9 Romero.
Round 3 – They trade hard kicks at the same time. FLYING KNEE FROM ROMERO! WEIDMAN IS DOWN! A barrage of punches and WEIDMAN IS OUT!
Yoel Romero defeated Chris Weidman by KO (flying knee), round 3
Weidman is bleeding like crazy. He was seriously out of it. That was insane.
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
Round 1 – Tate with an inside leg kick. Pennington paying with her punches. Pennington with a counter left hook and a jab. Tate goes to the body. Pennington with a right that stunned Tate slightly. Tate has a single against the cage. Pennington got a guillotine and lifted Tate right off the ground. Tate was jumping around like crazy, using the cage to push away. Tate finally got her head out and scored a takedown. Tate gets her back, but can’t do much with it. 10-9 Pennington.
Round 2 – Jab and right hook by Pennington. Tate seems to have no answer for it. Uppercut and a right. A left. Tate’s getting pieced up. Tate tries to clinch but eats an uppercut. Tate with two knees to the body. More knees. Tate has the Thai clinch. They’re both landing punches. Pennington has Tate’s back against the cage. More in-fighting. Tate with some knees again. But Pennington is beating her up to the body. More knees. Tate’s nose is bleeding. Huge combo from Pennington but Tate fires back on the break. 10-9 Pennington.
Round 3 – Tate immediately tries to pull guard. And she does. Pennington with some elbows from the top. Tate’s looking for an arm. Tate’s really trying hard, but Pennington is safe for now. North south. They’re back up. Pennington with a front choke, but Miesha got out. Pennington is still engaging her on the ground though. Tate looking for a heel hook. Pennington with to hard kicks to the butt of Miesha. Looking for the front choke again. In clinch position now. Pennington with a takedown. She scored with a few punches. More big strikes. One may have been after the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Pennington.
Raquel Pennigton defeated Miesha Tate by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tate announced her retirement after the fight. Wow.
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