UFC 200

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Alright ladies & gentlemen, we are set for the biggest, baddest event in the history of mixed martial arts. It is just 4 days away from us as it will be held on July 9th, 2016 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

T – Mobile Arena

This event is going to have a lot of new and unique features as this event is going to be held in the T-Mobile Arena which opened just three months ago on April 6, 2016. Constructed by Penta Building Group & Hunt Construction Group, this Arena has a capacity of 20000 people. The Anaschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the world’s largest owner of sports teams and events, owns 50% of the shares while MGM Resorts have 50% investments in this arena as well. This makes AEG and MGM Resorts 50-50 owners of this magnificent arena. Covering about 16 Acres of land, T-Mobile Arena cost $375 million for its construction and took nearly 2 years from May 1, 2014 to April 6, 2016 for its completion. This is the arena that is going to host the biggest mixed martial arts event ever in the history.

 

The Big Three of UFC 200

Let’s talk about another great thing in this event. It will be easier to remember if I tell you that there are three bigs involved in UFC 200.

  • For only the second time ever in the history, UFC will host three events in three consecutive days.
  • Three UFC Championship belts will be on the line in this event. To know which ones, just keep reading and you will find out soon.
  • Three huge names of the UFC are coming back in action at UFC 200. Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar and Cat Zingano are back.

 

Background

 

Original Main Event: McGregor vs Diaz 2

After losing to Nate Diaz in a bout at UFC 196 in March 2016, Conor McGregor was so obsessed with his loss to Nate Diaz that he immediately called Dana White and asked for a rematch against Nate Diaz and the request was granted with acceptation as a rematch was announced as the main event at UFC 200. However, things got very controversial when Conor McGregor refused to perform his media obligations, refused to attend the press conference, the media tour and the interviews in order to focus on his preparation for the fight. As a result UFC removed him from the card and McGregor announced his retirement from MMA in his tweet. Later, McGregor cleared the air by saying that he was not going to retire, however, UFC still kept him off the card and tried to find a new opponent for Nate Diaz at UFC 200 but Nate Diaz refused it straight away by saying that “I ain’t doing shit without Conor.” Therefore, this bout was removed from the card and replaced with a new main event ‘Jones vs Cormier 2’.

  Mixed Martial Arts-An Introduction

 

New Main Event: Jones vs Cormier 2

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have already faced each other at UFC 182 in January 2015 when Jones was the champion and Cormier was the challenger. Jones handed Cormier his first and only loss of his MMA career at UFC 182 to retain his title. In April 2015, Jones was found involved in a hit-and-run accident as he was driving while being drunk. He was stripped off his Light Heavyweight title by the UFC, he lost all his sponsors, endorsements and he was suspended indefinitely by the UFC. In the mean time, Anthony Johnson defeated Alexander Gustafsson in a title eliminator and faced Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship. Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson via submission to become the first man since 2011 other than Jon Jones to become UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. At UFC 192, Daniel Cormier defeated Alexander Gustafsson by split decision to retain his title. Jon Jones got reinstated and was expected to face Cormier at UFC 197 in April 2016 but Cormier got injured and replaced by Ovince Saint Preux. Jones defeated OSP to become the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion and now he is set to face his most hated rival in Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200. Is it going to be the night of vengeance or is it going to be the night of redemption? We will get the answer at UFC 200.

 

Co-Main Event: Lesnar vs Hunt (Brock is Back)

On June 4, 2016, when UFC 199 was being broadcasted, a promo was played for UFC 200. It was all well and good in that promo until we heard: “Can you see me now? Can you see me now?” We knew what it was but there was a feeling of disbelief, surprise and excitement but when we saw Brock Lesnar’s face and then him punching the camera, we knew that ‘The Beast is Back’. In the post fight press conference, it was confirmed that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and the biggest pay per view attraction in the history of MMA ever was going to return to the octagon after five years however his opponent was not announced. Later it was announced that the 2001 World Grand Prix Winner, The Super Samoan  Mark Hunt will face Brock Lesnar in a co-main event at UFC 200. Is it going to be Brock ‘The Freight Train’ Lesnar that is going to run through The Super Samoan or is it going to be another walk-off K.O for the king of walk-off K.O Mark Hunt? Wait till UFC 200 to get the answer.

  Mixed Martial Arts- An Introduction Part 2

 

Edgar vs Aldo – UFC Interim Featherweight Championship

As Conor McGregor is busy in his new adventures outside the Featherweight Division since becoming the UFC Featherweight Champion at UFC 194, the UFC has set a bout between Jose Aldo, the man whose title McGregor took, and Frankie Edgar, the former UFC Lightweight Champion. These two greats have already faced each other in the main event of UFC 156 back in 2013 where Jose Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision to retain his UFC Featherweight title, a decision on which many fans and experts do not agree with the judges. An epic war is going to be waged once again as the two greats meet each other once again inside the octagon at UFC 200, this time for the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship and the winner will get a chance to face The Notorious Conor McGregor. So, will it be Aldo who will be the one to get a chance to have his revenge against McGregor or will it be Edgar who will continue his five fight win streak to beat Aldo and get a chance to become only the third fighter ever in the UFC to become a champion in two weight classes? Stay tuned for action and the result.

 

Holm vs Tate – UFC Women Bantamweight Championship

After Holly Holm defeated the Rowdy Ronda Rousey in a dominating fashion, UFC was interested in giving a re-match to Rousey due to her pay per view numbers and her impressively dominant MMA career, but she was busy in surgery, movies and commercials. In the absence of Rousey, Miesha Tate was the No.1 contender and she was given a title shot against Holly at UFC 196 in the co-main event. After losing 1st, 3rd and 4th round, Miesha Tate decided to enter the conflict zone and switch on the desperation mode as she aggressively tried to take Holly down. She failed once or twice but she eventually took her down, got her back and secured a rear naked choke. Holly stood up, with Miesha on his back and tried to shrug her off, but Miesha held on and tightened the rear naked choke, Holly refused to tap out and eventually ended up unconscious giving Miesha Tate the victory by submission as well as her UFC Women Bantamweight Championship. Now, it’s Miesha Tate who is going to defend her hard-earned title against Amanda Nunes who is known for his ferocity and her ability to finish her opponents inside the octagon. So, will the experience of Miesha make the difference or is it the the youth, energy and ferocity of Amanda that is going to make her the new UFC Women Bantamweight Champion? Your questions will be answered once UFC 200 is done and dusted.

  Lesnar vs Hunt – The Beast is on The Hunt!!!

 

Joanna vs Claudia – The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale

We have The Ultimate Fighter Finale as well, and the most important match up is the one between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha for the UFC Women Straweight Championship, the two coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. Last time they met, it was in November 2014 when Joanna defeated Claudia via a split decision and a very controversial one as well. Now, Joanna is the Straweight Champion and Claudia is the challenger. Is it going to be the best striker in Joanna Jedrezejczyk or is to be going to be the probably best wrestler and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter in Claudia Gadelha who is going to steal the show?

 

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Alvarez – UFC Lightweight Championship

On July 7, 2016 we have a UFC Fight Night which will be main-evented by the UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez in a title bout. Both of them are very talented, well-rounded but underrated fighters. Time will tell us who is going to be the new Lightweight Champion of the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.

 

Official Fight Card

Main Card:

  • Main Event: Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight Championship)
  • Co-Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt (Heavyweight Bout)
  • Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes (Women Bantamweight Championship)
  • Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar (Interim Featherweight Championship)
  • Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne (Heavyweight Bout)

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)

  • Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena (Women Bantamweight Bout)
  • Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum (Welterweight Bout)
  • J. Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao (Bantamweight Bout)
  • Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin (Lightweight Bout)

 

 

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

  • Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon (Lightweight Bout)
  • Gegard Mousasi vs Thiago Santos (Middleweight Bout)
  • Jim Miller vs Takanori Gomi (Lightweight Bout)

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