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VIDEO | Watch Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson KO Jake Ellenberger

VIDEO | Watch Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson KO Jake Ellenberger

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

https://youtu.be/6Ra-0yET2Gk

In less than two weeks’ time, the UFC will take over Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with UFC 205. While this historic card’s main selling point is its massive, Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez main event, its co-main event has also got fans counting down the days in anticipation.

Stephen Thompson will challenge current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for the 170-pound title in the co-main event of UFC 205.

“Wonderboy” has look amazing since suffering his lone setback to Matt Brown in his second bout with the UFC. Since then, Thompson has reeled off seven-straight wins including a brutal knockout victory over Jake Ellenberger which you can watch in the above video.

Who do you think leaves New York with the welterweight strap?

Tyron Woodley: “I would actually feel bad about beating Conor McGregor

Tyron Woodley: “I would actually feel bad about beating Conor McGregor

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will look to defend his title for the first time in the co-main attraction of next month’s UFC 205 event in New York when he takes on top contender Stephen Thompson.

That same evening at Madison Square Garden, current UFC featherweight title holder Conor McGregor will move up a weight class to challenge current UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his 155-pound strap.

“The Chosen One” was a recent guest on BJPENN.com’s Rapid Fire segment with host Chris Taylor where he was asked to discuss the possibility of a potential fight with “Mystic Mac” and how that fight would play out. Here is what “T-Wood” had to say on the matter:

“Well first off I think Conor is a smart individual and he knows that fighting me is not going to be good for his health.” Woodley stated laughing. “I just do not really see him wanting that fight. I see him relinquishing his 145-pound belt and then maybe defending his title a few times at lightweight. Maybe he does a super-fight here or there. There has been talks of him fighting Floyd Mayweather in boxing. Whatever he is going to do is going to make a lot of sense for him. It will likely be a win-win situation for him you know. Like even if he loses to Eddie it is not all bad. With his two bouts with Diaz he will have now fought three times in a row outside the division (featherweight) and he still holds the belt. So he is a smart business guy and so I do not think he is going to want to come up and fight a guy who is going to outsize him. Being 170 and fighting 170 is two different things. I walk around at 200. Giving up that 30-pounds. Plus he is not going to have a boxing advantage. He is definitely not going to have a wrestling advantage. He is definitely not going to have a strength advantage. And it would be a lopsided display of power. I just really do not think there is any advantage to him having that fight with me. I will not be discouraged by his antics or him talking crap. So to answer your question… I do not think Conor McGregor has any interest in coming for the welterweight strap. But if we both get through are fights with victories and he wants to fight me then by all means haha. Sign me up now. I would actually feel bad about beating Conor McGregor. Like man, I just beat a guy who is 145. Granted, I would make a truck load of money. But it is not a situation that I would walk around with my chest pumped out afterward.”

Do you agree with Tyron Woodley, or do you think Conor McGregor would in fact be interested in moving up to challenge for the UFC’s welterweight title if he is to defeat Eddie Alvarez?

VIDEO | Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 (Free Fight)

VIDEO | Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 (Free Fight)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

https://youtu.be/i8qHuunR55E

Current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz squared off for a second time in the main event of UFC 202 this past August in Las Vegas.

The Diaz vs. McGregor rematch lived up to the massive hype as the bitter rivals went to war for twenty-five minutes, with Conor McGregor eventually being award a majority decision win from the judges working the event.

The bout was awarded “fight of the night” honors at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference and is thought by many to be a “fight of the year” candidate.

In the pairs first encounter at UFC 196, the “Stockton Slugger” was able to score a second-round submission victory over “Mystic Mac”, this after taking the bout on extremely short-notice.

Nate Diaz

Many fans are hopeful that UFC officials will eventually put together a third and deciding fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.

However, that trilogy bout will have to wait, as Conor McGregor is currently set to headline UFC 205 in New York opposite lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

If McGregor can defeat Alvarez at the famed Madison Square Garden Arena, he would become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.

The brash Irish superstar has gone 8-1 during his UFC career, scoring stoppage victories in six of those eight wins.

Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has gone on record as saying that the only fight which will bring him back in to the octagon is a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.

Following their epic battle at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor stated that if he were to do a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz it would take place at 155-pounds, this after their first two encounters took place at welterweight (170-pounds).

Who do you think would emerge victorious if and when Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off for a third time?

Canadian fans rallying to boycott UFC 206 in Toronto

Canadian fans rallying to boycott UFC 206 in Toronto

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

No Georges St-Pierre… Big Problem!

UFC fans north of the border are not at all pleased with how December’s UFC 206 pay-per-view event in Toronto is shaping up.

The card is currently headlined by a light heavyweight title fight rematch featuring current champion Daniel Cormier taking on feared knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

The next biggest fight currently slated for the UFC 206 event is an intriguing featherweight tilt between veteran Cub Swanson and surging contender Doo Ho “The Korean Superboy” Choi.

While both of the fights listed above are very compelling matchups, there is no denying that UFC 206 is lacking some serious star power, especially when compared to UFC 205 and UFC 207.

With that said, some Canadian fans have taken to social media starting a rally to boycott the UFC 206. Check it out:

https://twitter.com/kenny_ac/status/788391634643877888

https://twitter.com/mahippalsidhu/status/790173194456076289

The last two pay-per-view events in Canada did not do well at all in terms of live attendance or PPV buys.

UFC 186 took place in April of 2015 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That event was headlined by a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and challenger Kyoji Horiguchi. The co-main event of UFC 186 was a catchweight bout between Quinton Jackson and Fabio Maldonado.

Prior to that, the most recent pay-per-view event in Canada was UFC 174 which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in June of 2014. That card was also headlined by a flyweight title fight between champ Demetrious Johnson and then challenger Ali Bagautinov. The co-main event for UFC 174 was a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley.

However, when Georges St-Pierre headlined the UFC 129 pay-per-view event in Toronto opposite Jake Shields, the result was one the biggest cards in the promotions history.

“Rush” is currently in a contract dispute with the UFC. The Canadian superstar claims that he is now a free agent, but the UFC is adamant that “GSP” is still under contract with the promotion.

If the UFC cannot come to terms with St-Pierre in the next few days, or secure a couple more high profile bouts, then UFC 206 has the potential to go down as one of the worst pay-per-view cards in the promotions history.

Would you buy the current UFC 206 pay-per-view?