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.
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.