Everyone already knows about the well-publicized UFC 205 main card, with its three title fights. But the historic event at Madison Square Garden is much more than that. Check out three awesome fights flying under the radar heading into Saturday.
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Frankie Edgar lamented the fact he didn’t make changes in his last fight when he realized Jose Aldo was point-fighting, but he probably won’t face that issue with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205. Stephens, like Edgar, is a former lightweight that loves to stand in the pocket and unleash his vicious power on his opponents. He’s promised to become the first person to finish Edgar with strikes, and we can’t wait to see him try.
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Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Sheesh, talk about a banger. The women’s bantamweight bout between Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington doesn’t get the fanfare of the three title fights on the main card, but it could very well steal the show. This fight has an interesting added dynamic, as Tate was Pennington's coach during the 18th season of "The Ultimate Fighter." Pennington prefers to do her damage in the stand-up, but she isn’t afraid to drag the fight to the mat if she feels she has an advantage. Tate, however, is an accomplished wrestler, so this fight will likely be a stand-up affair.
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
Jim Miller is back! After a tough stretch where he lost four of five UFC fights, Miller has won back-to-back scraps over the likes of Takanori Gomi and Joe Lauzon while showing some of the same chops that made him one of the lightweight’s best five years earlier. Miller is facing former title challenger Thiago Alves, who looks to get back in the win column after suffering a loss to Carlos Condit his last fight. Both Miller and Alves will be looking to make their mark on UFC 205.