UFC 200 Full Fight Card And Start Times Announced
The wait is nearly over – UFC fans are less than two weeks away from what is expected to be the biggest event in the history of mixed martial arts.
The matchups were decided long ago but now we know when and where each fight will take place after the UFC released the finalised fight card on Friday.
We all know that the main card has in incredible three title fights, plus former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar, but there are also some insanely good matchups on the preliminary cards.
Check out the full UFC 200 fight card below.
UFC 200 Main Card, 10pm ET
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2
Often in the UFC, rivalries are created in order to hype up an impending clash. This is absolutely not true in the case of Jones and Cormier, though. It’s fair to say that these two despise each other and their fight is one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory. Jones won the first fight, convincingly, and in doing so, handed Cormier is only loss inside The Octagon to date. If he can do it again, he will solidify himself as the top light heavyweight (and probably pound-for-pound) fighter in the UFC. If Cormier can upset the odds and win, fight fans might just get a third match at some point down the line.
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Lesnar was once one of the biggest stars in the UFC but he retired the sport in 2011 after back-to-back losses. Lesnar was suffering from diverticulitis at the time and says that it contributed to his losses and decision to quit The Octagon. Now, he is returning for a huge fight against Mark Hunt. Hunt has been on the warpath of late, scoring first-round knockouts in his last two fights. It’s anyone’s guess as to which way this fight will go.
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Tate is appearing in her first bantamweight title defence since stunning the world by beating Holly Holm at UFC 196. Tate is on a hot streak; since losing to Ronda Rousey in December 2013, she has won five in a row. Hoping to end that streak is the Brazilian Amanda Nunes. The fearsome striker and Jiu Jitsu specialist has won five or her last six fights and is aiming to become the new bantamweight champion in this hotly contested division.
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2
Aldo and Edgar step into The Octagon for a much-anticipated rematch between two of the best featherweights in the world. Aldo, who’s record of going undefeated for 10 years was taken apart in 13 seconds by a certain Conor McGregor, will look to avenge that loss and re-stake his claim as the best 145lb fighter in the world. Standing in his way is Edgar. The American has been on a five-fight win streak after losing to Aldo in February 2013 and a victory here will see him further push his claim for a title shot.
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Velasquez steps into The Octagon for just his second non-title fight since 2010. Getting in there with him for what promises to be a match made in heaven is the hard hitting Travis Browne, who destroyed Matt Mitrione in his last fight. This likely to be an all-striking affair and is an early contender for fight of the night.
UFC 200 FS1 Prelims, 8pm ET
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
The headline for the FS1 prelims is a matchup of two top-five women’s bantamweights; rising star Pena takes on former title challenger Zingano with the winner looking to push for a title shot in this talent-packed division.
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Former champion Hendricks takes on 12th-ranked welterweight Gastelum. Hendricks is looking to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Stephen Thompson while Gastelum will be trying to get back to his winning ways after a split decision loss to Neil Magny in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Expect fireworks.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao 2
This will be Assuncao’s first fight since 2014. He was on a seven-fight winning streak (including a split-decision victory over Dillashaw) but has been sidelined with injuries ever since. Dillshaw has won four of his last five fights since the loss to Assuncao and will look to settle the score when the pair go at it again.
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
The UFC’s golden boy, Sage Northcutt, received a reality check when he was submitted by Bryan Barberena for his first loss inside The Octagon. He will look to get back to his winning ways when he takes on Spanish Jiu Jitsu specialist Marin.
UFC 200 Fight Pass Early Prelims, 6:30pm ET
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
UFC legends Sanchez and Lauzon will go at it in the UFC Fight Pass prelims main event. This fan-friendly fight promises to be packed full hard-striking of action.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
Santos stepped up to the mark to replace Derek Brunson with just two weeks’ notice The hard-hitter has first-round knockouts in four of his past five wins. Mousasi is a veteran kickboxer and judo specialist. This mouth-watering match is likely to be an all-striking affair although it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top.
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
This is your classic striker vs. grappler matchup and is the perfect way to get UFC 200 started. Gomi is the striker, Miller the grappler. Whoever manages to assert their style will likely emerge victorious in this lightweight clash.
UFC 200 promises to be one for the ages. Make sure you tune in; you don’t want to have to lie when, in the future, people ask where you were on July 9th, 2016.