We are closing in on the historic UFC 200. It?s an overwhelmingly stacked card and probably the most stacked card in history. This could be a response to the fallout of Diaz vs. McGregor 2. Nevertheless, the UFC 200 became more interesting as there will be three title belts on the line (one is an interim belt) and the card will feature seven former champions. The card also features the blockbuster return of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
The event is going to be headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2. In their last fight, Cormier dropped the fight via unanimous decision and failed to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight title. But since then, Jones had been in trouble outside the Octagon and was stripped of the title because of it. In his absence, Cormier fought for and won the vacant light heavyweight belt against Anthony Johnson. They were supposed to fight in the UFC 197 but Cormier had to pull out because of an injury. Jones instead faced Ovince Saint Preux for the interim title and won. Now, they are expected to unify their titles on July 9 in the UFC 200.
After retiring from the sport, Lesnar decided to come back (probably, a last ditch effort to bolster the sales and rating of the historic event). He will face heavy-handed kickboxer turned MMA contender Mark Hunt. Many view this as a throwback to the old school striker versus grappler match up. This will be the card?s co-main event slot.
Two more titles are on the line.
One is for the interim featherweight title, a rematch between former champions Jose Aldo (former featherweight champion) and Frankie Edgar (former lightweight champion and former featherweight title contender). This is Aldo?s first fight after he was knocked out by Conor McGregor. Edgar, on the other hand, came from a KO win over Chad Mendes. The winner of the bout is expected to face UFC Featherweight Champion McGregor to unify the title.
Miesha Tate is coming fresh from her title-winning performance against then champion Holly Holm. She will be defending her title for the first time against a dangerous opponent, Amanda Nunes. Nunes comes in with a three-fight winning streak against Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann and Valentina Shevchenko. The first two came via finishes; a TKO win via leg kick against Baszler and a submission win via rear naked choke against McMann. Nunes? last performance was a unanimous decision win against another top contender, Shevchenko, who is expected to face former women?s bantamweight champ Holm in the UFC on Fox 20.
Here is the full fight card:
Main Card on PPV, 10 P.M. ET
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – For the undisputed light heavyweight title
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt – Heavyweight
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes – For the women?s bantamweight title
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – For the interim featherweight title
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne – Heavyweight
Prelims on Fox Sports 1, 8 P.M. ET
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena – Women?s Bantamweight
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Welterweight
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao – Bantamweight
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin – Lightweight
Early Prelims on UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 P.M. ET
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon – Lightweight
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos – Middleweight
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi – Lightweight