UFC 200 Event

The UFC presented it’s biggest event ever on stage of the new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. FanPicks (click to play) has your breakdown of the mix martial art promotion big night. This pivotal event saw most of the athletes offering huge performances and making this night historical. Presented as the 200th ceremony of it’s lifetime, UFC 200 was in reality the 366th organised event. It includes Fight Nights and  The Ultimate Fighters finales. This all happened a little under 23 years of existence.

It wasn’t an easy road for organizers to set it all up. Bouts were being changed from the last six month to the final 24 hours. Contract negotiation, injuries or failed drug test were all part of the discussion gouing in UFC 200. Big names like Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones all missed the call. Despite that, the organisation was able to fill the fight card with names worth making this an historical gala.

An all-female main-event

Amanda Nunes is known to usually start her fights guns blazing. She has never lost round 1 of her fights except in her professional debut loss, back in 2008. So it was no surprise to see her run after champion Miesha Tate like she was her prey. Nunes was aggressive, precise and determined to become the new belt bearer. Tate failed to evade her opponents fury and got caught into submission in the first round.

This rapid K-O gave the Brazilians a revived sense of excitement. It was just a few days ago that they saw Rafael dos Anjos, the last remaining UFC Brazilian champion, lose the title against American Eddie Alvarez in a first round TKO at UFC Fight Night. Nunes is therefore the only Brazilian to hold a UFC belt.

There is now a bunch of possibilities regarding the next Bantamweight title fight. Amanda Nunes could take on  superstar Ronda Rousey, who hasn’t given any news on a comeback since her loss of the championship belt in November 2015. Another opponent possibility is Julianna Pena. She won in the undercard of UFC 200 against former contender Cat Zingano, and has yet to lose in the octagon in four bouts. Former champion Holly Holm will be in action in less than two weeks against Valentina Shevchenko, and this fight could determine Nunes next opponent. Whoever faces the champion next, they will all have to find a solution against the Brazilian first-round flurry in the hopes to win against her.

Brock’s power and efficiency

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is just a physical specimen to watch. His wrestling ability is second to none. Many were wondering why he was out of the MMA game for so long. Well now we know that his presence in UFC 200 kept fan interested in his big return to the octagon. He faced top 10 fighter Mark Hunt, who is known for many of his stand up battles throughout his career. Hunt showed he was prepared against Lesnar’s takedowns, but the former WWE wrestler brute force alone was too much for the kickboxer. Lesnar was never in trouble. He was able to dictate the rhythm during all fifteen minutes of the fight. Hunt managed to hold out until the end, but it was just a disappointing loss for the Samoan.

The question now stands if this was an one and out fight for Lesnar. If the UFC and Lesnar can find an even ground to work on for the future, than a revenge fight between him and former champion Cain Velasquez, who won by TKO against Travis Browne earlier in the night, could be a moneymaker.

What was supposed to happen happened

No miracle was to be expected from legendary fighter Anderson Silva for his last minute fight against Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. With a 48 hours notice, Silva stepped to take Jon Jones place to turn the championship main-event into a non-title bout reduced to third-to-last in the fightcard. Jones failed a drug test in June and got suspended for two years. What’s suprising about Silva taking this fight is the fact he just had an operation to remove his gallbladder less than two month ago. Despite the circumstances and the fact he was conceding twenty pounds to his adversary, Silva was still able to give Cormier some scares in the kickboxing department. The champion’s wrestling was too much for the Brazilian though. The fight ended in a majority decision for Cormier.

Sure, the fight was not the one fans were craving to see, but it left most of them in even more discontent from Cormier’s performance. He got booed for the majority of the fight, since he wasn’t exchanging punches with Silva. From his standpoint though, there was no risk to take in that fight. And so he followed through with the sure win and no loss of value to his status as champion. Despite the loss, Silva will mostly take credit for allowing Cormier to fight in the card and receive his pay.

Re-energized Aldo

There was a lot of questions about how Jose Aldo would bounce back from is devastatingly short loss at the hands of Conor McGregor a few month ago. He was facing a Frankie Edgar for the interim Featherweight title. Edgar won his last five combat against top 10 caliber opponents, so his stock was sky high. In fact, last time Edgar lost a fight was against Aldo back in February 2013. Their initial fight was a tight decision win for the Brazilian. It was all of the same at UFC 200. It again finished in an too-close-to-call unanimous decision for Aldo.

Despite the fight being close as it is, Aldo may have gave his best performance in a while, and that’s saying much for Edgar as well. Aldo showed off his solid chin and his strong, crisp and precise attacks during all five rounds. His next step should be a a rematch with current champ Conor McGregor. And let’s just say that a lot of ink is going to be spilled going into it.

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Fantasy MMA Picks Fight Night: Silva vs Bisping

Fantasy MMA Picks – 02/27/16

The UFC is in England for a showdown between the legendary, Anderson Silva, and the hometown hero, Michael Bisping. FanPicks has your Fantasy MMA Picks.


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Main Event:  #7 Anderson Silva (34-6) vs #6 Michael Bisping (28-7) – Middleweight bout


It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since Anderson Silva’s last victory in the octagon. Once regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world saw his stock fall since then. The Brazilian loss his middleweight title in 2013 against Chris Weidman. In the rematch, Silva fractured his leg, ending his long last legacy as the current best fighter in the UFC. After multiple setback because of this gruesome injury, Silva made is return in 2015 in a bout against Nick Diaz. Despite getting the unanimous decision win, the ruling changed to a draw because of Silva testing positive for drostanolone and androsterone. The 40 years-old is now on the path of redemption, and his first test will be against perennial top 10 middleweight fighter, Michael Bisping. The Brit will have the London crowd behind him, one of the few advantages he will have against Silva. “The Count” had an undefeated record of 2-0 in 2015. Known as a technical striker, Bisping hopes that he will get to hit the target and bring Silva down. But “Da Spida” will use his elite quickness, head movement and footwork to tear the Englishman apart.


#9 Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2) vs #10 Thales Leites (25-5) – Middleweight bout


Gegard Mousasi took a big hit physically and in his value, during his last fight. Despite having to face a completely different fighter than originally scheduled, Mousasi lost against an unranked Uriah Hall. It was the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion first KO lost in his MMA career. He will face a former UFC middleweight title challenger in Thales Leites. Early in his career, Leites was known primarily as a Jiu-Jitsu fighter and was released from the UFC due to his lack of styles. But the Brazilian improved his striking over the last few years, which culminated into an eight fight winning streak, with a return to the big show. His ascension got cut by a split-decision loss to Michael Bisping, back in July 2015. Mousasi has a better kickboxing skill-set. But with Leites improved stand-up and superior ground-game, this could be an upset victory for the number 10th ranked UFC middleweight fighter.


Tom Breese (9-0) vs Keita Nakamura (31-6-2) – Welterweight bout


A huge prospect out of England, Tom Breese could become 10-0 without ever reaching a decision. His last fight against Cathal Pendred earned him his first performance of the night and likely not his last. He will be facing Keita Nakamura, a longtime veteran of the sport, who won in his return to the octagon five month ago versus Li Jingliang. The UFC also gave Nakamura the performance of the night honors for his last fight. With both fighters earning fight of the night in their last bout, the organization is banking on an exciting fight between the two. “The Octopus” Breese has the size, leg reach and let’s not forget the home crowd in his favor. Recipe for success.


#15 Francisco Rivera (11-5) vs Brad Pickett (25-11) – Bantamweight bout


Francisco Rivera and Brad Pickett are both in desperate need of a win. Rivera has lost three of its last four fights, while Pickett lost three straight. The two of them like to brawl, especially Rivera. With the American slight height and reach advantage, it could mean goodnight for Pickett.


Fantasy Picks:


Anderson Silva

Thales Leites

Tom Breese

Francisco Rivera

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