Well, the day has finally arrived, folks.
UFC 200 kicks off this evening with the UFC Fight Pass prelims, which will feature some of the most memorable fighters in MMA. Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon have made a living off of fight night bonuses, and will square off in the Fight Pass Prelims’ main event. Jim Miller, Gegard Mousasi and Takanori Gomi will also make appearances early this evening, and should add to the early excitement as the main event rolls around.
Heading into the FOX SPORTS 1 prelims, Sage Northcutt will make his highly-anticipated return after suffering his first career loss to Bryan Barberena. If that’s not enough, T.J. Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao will do battle for the second time, and the former UFC bantamweight champion will be looking for revenge after suffering a loss in their first meeting.
Even though Johny Hendricks failed to make weight, again, the grappling battle should be interesting between the former UFC welterweight champion and Kelvin Gastelum. Let’s hope they decide to bang instead.
As for the main card, even without Jon Jones, several big names will be making their returns to the Octagon. Though it would have been great to watch Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt do battle in a five-round main event, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes should hold their own in the top spot.
The talk of the town was certainly the addition of Anderson Silva to UFC 200. He will be replacing Jones and taking on Daniel Cormier in a non-title fight. Our hearts go out to Cormier after such devastating news, but the former Olympian should create some fireworks with the greatest middleweight to ever grace the Octagon.
MAIN CARD (PPV – 7 p.m./10 p.m. ET)
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via Unanikous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) – Interim Featherweight Championship
Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne via TKO (Punches) at 4:57 of Round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD(FOX Sports 1 – 5 p.m./8 p.m. ET)
Julianna Pena def. Cat Zingano via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assuncao via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass – 3:30 p.m./6:30 p.m. ET)
Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez via TKO (Strikes) at 1:26 of Round 1
Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago Santos via TKO (Punches) at 4:32 of Round 1
Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (Punches) at 2:18 of Round 1