Ever since its formation waaay the hell back in 1993, the UFC's held its increasingly popular MMA events -- over 300 of them -- in cities like LA, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Houston, Chicago, and Boston... but oddly enough, not NYC. Until now.
Held in Madison Square Garden, UFC 205 starts at 10pm EST and will mark the company's Big Apple debut with an impressive title card matchup: Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC featherweight champion, will challenge Eddie Alvarez for his lightweight championship belt. This is only the second time in UFC history that two current champions in different weight classes face off for the same title.
It's gonna be a killer fight, and an even bigger event, but why has it taken so long for the UFC to come to New York? To find the answer, you'll have to look at Culinary Local 226: the powerful Las Vegas union that's fought to keep MMA illegal in the Empire State.