After some twenty years of trying, The UFC will finally set foot in the Big Apple on this very special, Veteran’s Day Weekend. And in typical New York fashion, it is going to be a biggie, viewed by millions all over the world.
Here are a few on the card that I will be watching with great interest.
McGregor vs Alvarez – The main event of the biggest PPV in UFC history. Conor is looking to make history by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time. Alvarez is a formidable challenge, but his UFC career hasn’t been all that impressive. He got steamrolled by Cerrone, won two straight split decisions over declining UFC fighters, and had an impressive win over Dos Anjos. Skill wise, this is Conor’s fight to lose, but can his cardio hold up (which Eddie has made a big deal about in interviews) and can he overcome the inevitable size difference? Conor is currently sitting at -160, and with him involved, there will be heavy wagering late.
Woodley vs Thompson – A great contrast of styles, as the welterweight title is on the line. Woodley brings his brute power in his striking, combined with his seldom used wrestling and his athleticism. Thompson brings his one of a kind striking with his movement, kicks, and speed. Both deserve to be in this spot, and the line is a little higher than most would think, as the challenger sits at -200. If you’re picking Woodley, you’re assuming he will either wrestle a little bit, or land a huge shot early, as the longer this goes, the more unlikely it is he retains the belt.
Jedrzejczyk vs Kowalkiewicz – The women’s straw weight title is on the line, as talented striker Joanna looks to retain the title in an all Polish matchup. Sitting at -400, the champion has a much different challenge with Karolina in front of her. Joanna has been very dominant on the feet, and proved that she can go deep into a fight after her last fight with Claudia. What is Karolina’s gameplan, where can she win this fight? Only time will tell.