UFC 205 was billed as the biggest event in the fight game’s history—and it didn’t disappoint.
In the UFC’s New York premiere on Saturday night (and early Sunday morning), Conor McGregor demolished Eddie Alvarez with a knockout to claim the lightweight championship title and become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two belts. Rising star Joanna Jędrzejczyk, who is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, defended her strawweight title for the fourth time with a win over fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz. And in the fight of the night, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson battled Tyron Woodley to a brutal majority draw in the welterweight matchup, setting up a rematch in the future.
It was also a good for business, according to UFC boss Dana White (who graced the cover of Men’s Fitness ahead of the mega-event). UFC broke its own pay-per-view record, as well as Madison Square Garden’s live-gate record, and pretty much every record in the company’s history, White said at the post-fight press conference. And it’ll likely set up UFC for future success in Gotham City: The company will return to New York in February with UFC 209 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, although it’ll have a long way to go if it wants to match the UFC 205 take: “Jesus is going to have to fight the devil” to break it, White said.
Here, a look at some of the best moments from UFC 205.