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UFC announces five bouts for NYC event

The card New York fight fans have been waiting for is rapidly approaching, and on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1, Megan Olivi announced that five bouts for UFC 205, which takes place at Madison Square Garden on November 12, have been made official.

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Longtime lightweight standout Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has found a new home in the welterweight division, where he has won three fights in a row, picking up Performance of the Night bonuses in each victory. But this fall he will face his toughest test at 170 pounds in former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum, who is coming off the biggest victory of his career over Johny Hendricks in July.

Hoping that a change of scenery will produce similar results is former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who will make his middleweight debut against perennial contender Tim Kennedy. Also in the middleweight division, New York-based Brazilian Rafael Natal faces off with Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch.

The stacked featherweight division is always home to intriguing matchups, and that will be the case this November when former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar makes the short trip from New Jersey to the Big Apple to face veteran knockout artist Jeremy Stephens.

Plus, United States Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche makes her long-awaited return to the Octagon to face off with top New Jersey bantamweight prospect Katlyn Chookagian.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 30. Stay tuned to UFC.com for more fight card announcements.

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