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UFC 205 will be four-hour pay-per-view card

UFC president Dana White, center, speaks during a press conference for the upcoming UFC 205, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in New York. UFC 205 will be held in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016, the first UFC card in New York after the state legislature legalized the sport in New York state earlier this year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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

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