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UFC 200 Shaping Up To Be The Biggest Card Ever

UFC 200 is a milestone event for the company and owner Dana White.  They are not letting fans down either by stacking the card and making it possibly the biggest event in UFC history.  Going all the way down to the undercard every fight has a big name in it and should be all great fights.  Normally the UFC uses the undercard as a way to build up some of the lesser-known fighters but at UFC 200 they are putting all the big names on the card.  This has fans very excited for the event, which will be on Saturday July 9th.

Starting with the undercard on UFC Fight Pass there should be some amazing fights.  MMA legend Takanori Gomi (35-11) will be fighting UFC veteran who never runs out of energy Jim Miller (25-8).  The next fight is then Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2) who is also a legend and well-known great fighter going up against Thiago Santos (12-3).  The last fight on UFC Fight Pass is Joe Lauzon (25-11) fighting Diego Sanchez (26-8) who has been in some of the best fights in UFC history; this should be an absolute war.  Both Lauzon and Sanchez have put in their time and work with the UFC and deserve to be on the UFC 200 card.

Then the undercard on Fox Sports 1 will also still have many great fighters, some new and coming up in the sport and some who have been around for a while.  First Sage Northcutt (7-1), a new young fighter will square off with Enrique Marin (8-3).  Northcutt was supposed to be the next big fighter and had a seven fight win streak up until he lost by submission in round 2 back in January, so he will be looking to redeem himself.  Also, T,J. Dillashaw (12-3) who just fought for the Bantamweight title in his last fight and lost to Dominick Cruz, will be looking to get back in the win column against Raphael Assuncao (23-4) in a tough fight.  Then in a fight with two welterweight title contenders Johny Hendricks (17-4) will be fighting Kevin Gastelum (11-2).  Both fighters have proven themselves many times, many even thought Hendricks should’ve gotten the win against Georges St. Pierre, but both are coming off a loss and looking for a rebound win.  Then to top off the Fox Sports 1 undercard Cat Zingano (9-1), whose only loss and last fight was to Ronda Rousey, will fight Julianna Pena (7-2), who has won three straight fights in the UFC now and with a win here could possibly get a title shot.

Travis Browne(18-3-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (13-2)
Those fights alone would make for a great pay per view event but that is just the undercard, moving on to the main card now with more great fights.  The first fight on the main card is Travis Browne (18-3-1) going up against the former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (13-2).  Travis Browne is coming off a win against Matt Mitrione in January and looking to put a win streak together.  For Velazquez it will be more than a year since his last fight where he lost his belt to Werdum last June.  Velasquez missed his chance at a rematch because he got hurt and this will be his first fight back since then.  We know both guys have great power and I would be surprised to see this one make it to the judges.

Jose Aldo (25-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (20-4)
The next fight is for the interim featherweight belt between Jose Aldo (25-2) and Frankie Edgar (20-4-1).  This is an interesting fight because the interim belt is on the line because Connor McGregor will be fighting Nate Diaz at 170 pounds in August and hasn’t defended his belt since he beat Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in December.  This was also the last time Aldo fought, McGregor knocked him out in 13 seconds and Aldo was pushing for a rematch and wouldn’t take another fight unless it was for a belt.  Aldo finally got his wish getting this match for the interim belt against Frankie Edgar who has won five straight fights and his last loss was actually a decision loss to Aldo in February 2013.  So Aldo gets his shot at the belt again and Edgar gets a shot at revenge but the real reason this fight is so interesting is because most likely the winner will get to fight McGregor to unify the belts next.

Miesha Tate (18-5) vs. Amanda Nunes (12-4):
The third fight is for the women’s bantamweight title between the champion Miesha Tate (18-5) and the challenger Amanda Nunes (12-4).  Miesha Tate is coming off the biggest win of her career where she beat Holly Holm, who famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, and won the belt by submission in the fifth round.  Amanda Nunes has won three straight fights and finished two of those three fights in the first round.  This should be a fast paced title match with both fighters very well rounded.  Once again though, the winner of this fight may possibly get a shot at Ronda Rousey if or when she decides to return to the octagon.

Brock Lesnar (5-3) vs. Mark Hunt (12-10)
The co-main event is a very interesting fight, especially since it was just announced. Former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE star Brock Lesnar (5-3) will fight knock out artist Mark Hunt (12-10-1).  This should be one of the more exciting fights not only on the card but of the year.  The return of Brock Lesnar alone has everyone excited because we all remember how much fun it was to watch him fight in the octagon.  Now he is going up against Mark Hunt who is a finisher and has heavy hands that have knocked many out, including Frank Mir who he knocked out in the first round in his last fight.  It will be interesting to see if Lesnar can use his wrestling to take down Hunt and use his devastating ground and pound.  Or we will see if Mark Hunt can stay on his feet and land one of those deadly punches that could possibly knock out Lesnar.  Lesnar is one of the biggest men to ever get in the octagon so it will be exciting to see if Hunt still has the power to drop him.  Also, if Lesnar wins it could push him back to the top of the heavyweight division possibly lining up a big title fight for him.

Daniel Cormier (17-1) vs. Jon Jones (22-1)
Finally, the main event will be a fight between the two guys who most likely hate each other the most in the UFC.  The light heavyweight title will be on the line with champion Daniel Cormier (17-1) up against the interim champion Jon Jones (22-1) in one of the most anticipated matches of the year.  Jon Jones was the light heavyweight champion and defended his belt eight times; he actually never lost it in the ring.  After getting into legal trouble many times in a row and a hit and run incident, UFC President Dana White stripped Jones of the title.  Jones last title defense was against Daniel Cormier where he beat him by decision at UFC 182 in January 2015.  Cormier seems to be able to beat everybody but Jones, he won the belt after Jones was stripped of it and defended it once after that as well.  Cormier was supposed to fight Jones at UFC 197 in the first fight back for Jones but Cormier got hurt and Jones won the interim belt against Ovince Saint Pruex instead.  The first time Jones and Cormier fought they didn’t even make it to the ring, they scuffled at the press conference where punches were thrown and they had to be separated.  Once thing is for sure, these guys do not like each other and can’t wait to get in the ring and start fighting.  Jones is looking for redemption, proving he can be a role model and carry the belt without getting in trouble and beating his rival Cormier on top of that would be nice for him too.  Cormier wants to avenge his only loss and prove he is the real champion, not just holding the belt while Jones was gone.  It should be a very exciting event, UFC 200 is certainly shaping up to be the biggest ever for the company.

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