Fight fans may want to get comfortable when they start watching UFC 205 next month; they’re going to be there a while.
Featuring six main card bouts on pay-per-view, three of which are scheduled for five rounds, the promotion has opted to extend its PPV broadcast from a traditional three hours to four. The company will stick to its traditional start time of 10 p.m. ET, with an end time of 2 a.m. ET if many of the bouts go the distance. News of the longer PPV card was confirmed by Mike Bohn of MMAjunkie.
The card features three non-title fights, all of which are scheduled for 15 minutes apiece. Add in two 60-second periods in between rounds, about 10 minutes for walkouts and pre-fight announcements and another five or so minutes after the fights are over to announce the winner and complete post-fight interviews. Each non-title fight would then be expected to last a maximum of about 30-35 minutes each. Each title fight would last anywhere from 40-45 minutes.
Assuming each fight goes the distance, the UFC would be looking at a minimum of about a 3.5-hour broadcast. At a maximum, it would be four hours exactly.
Of course, the promotion has been known to speed up the process from time to time by avoiding post-fight interviews and requiring fighters to be inside the cage sooner than expected.
UFC 205’s main card will be headlined by a lightweight title match between champion Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor. A full list of bouts scheduled for the main card can be found below:
- Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor
- Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Donald Cerrone
- Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington