Fighters make UFC 205 picks, Alvarez is the favorite

Jared Gordon.
Jared Gordon.


With the first UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York tonight, local fighters from around the area made their picks for the three championship bouts.


Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor (UFC Lightweight Championship)

Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson (UFC Lightweight Championship)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship)

Let see who they picked.


Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (20-1) UFC Bantamweight. “Connor, Thompson and Joanna”

Jared “Flash” Gordon (11-1) Current Cage Fury Fighting Championship featherweight champion.

“Eddie, Woodley, Joanna.”

Ricky Bandejas after finishing Tony Gravely at CFFC 60
Ricky Bandejas after finishing Tony Gravely at CFFC 60.

Brendan “Brutal” Barrett (10-6) Current Ring of Combat heavyweight champion. “I have to go with the local guy Alvarez, Woodley, and Jedrzejczyk.”

“Iron City” Michael Wilkins (7-2) CFFC lightweight. “Alverez, Woodley and Jedrzejczyk.”

Ricky Bandejas (8-1) CFFC bantamweight. “Alvarez ,Thompson and Jedrzejczyk.”

Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (15-5) CFFC flyweight. “ALVEREZ, THOMPSON, JOANNA.”

Shane “Hurricane” Burgos (7-0) CFFC featherweight. “Awesome! First I gotta go with Joanna for sure, she’s just too fast and technical for all these other strawweights. I’m gonna go with Thompson as well, I feel like on he feet he’ll frustrate Woodley and be able to defend the takedowns well. Lastly I’m going with Alvarez! If he fights a smart fight which I think he will, he will dominate Conor on the ground and end up getting a late submission.”

Frank “Preying Mantis” Buennafuente (6-2) Current ROC featherweight champion. “Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley and not sure about the girls.”

George “The Silencer” Sullivan (17-5) UFC welterweight. “Conor, Thompson and Jedrzejczyk.”

Bradley Desir at CFFC.
Bradley Desir.

Bradley “Featherstone” Desir (8-5) Current ROC lightweight champion. “Oh man here we go. I think Eddie has a suspect chin, so if Connor can catch him early he wins. I honestly think that’s his only chance of winning. I think if Eddie is smart, he wrestles, fucks him for the first two rounds till Connor fades. I got Eddie. Normally I would bet wrestling, but I think Tyron is going to have a hard time with wonder boys angles and we saw what Nate the great did to him. I got wonder boy (Thompson). Joanna is Joanna. I got Joanna.”

Emmanuel Walo (10-2) Regional welterweight. “Eddie hands down. I’m going to go with my man T-wood. Can’t root against the champ JJ.”

Zu Anyanwu (12-4) Current CFFC heavyweight champion. “Eddie, T- woods and J-check.”

Stephen Regman (5-2) CFFC lightweight. “Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley and Joanna.”



Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.