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UFC 200 Main Event Changes Again

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UFC 200 Main Event Changes Again

BY Matthew Long

@mattlongsports

The Ultimate Fighting Champion is slotted to hold their biggest event to date Saturday, July 9 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card is jam packed with champions and top contenders in sports and split and broadcasted over 3 different networks and time slots (details below). Despite the grandness of the event, it has come together relatively smoothly according to UFC president Dana White. That is until Wednesday rolled around.

July 6 the news broke that the light heavyweight interim champion Jon “Bone” Jones’ drug test, from June 16, came back as a fail from the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA). That triggered the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) to disqualify and remove Jones from the fight. This is the point that roller coast took it’s first big drop.

From then it was largely in question if light heavy champion Daniel Cormier, who was scheduled to faced Jones in a title unification match, would have a chance to fight. Dana White said they didn’t know if Cormier would fight and would have to see “who steps up” to take the fight. As we reported to you Friday, that individual is former middleweight champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

Because do the short notice and Silva’s recent inactivity, it was decided that Cormier’s title would not be on the line, the match was dropped to three rounds and they would fight at 205 lbs. weight limit. Silva is a former multiple time middleweight champion, but he is not a stranger to fighting at 205 lbs. In his two most recent trips to the higher weight-class he won both by way of knockout. Those fights were not on two days notice but being fit to fight isn’t most outstanding part, the fact that they were able to do all of the pre-fight medical and vilifying rigamarole in 24-hours was definitely noteworthy.

In all the shuffle of Jones getting booted, the main event was changed to heavyweights Brock Lesner and Mark Hunt, however, once Silva was announced as Cormier’s opponent that all changed. The current main event for Saturday’s UFC 200 will be the title fight of bantamweight champion Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes.

Now that all the technicalities of making sure the fighter are able to fight the final turn on this roller coaster will most likely be in the ring. There has been a lot of big talk and interest around UFC 200 since the card was first announced, now all we can to is wait and see if it lives up to it.

The main card for UFC 200, to air live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. The fights on this portion of the card are as follows:

Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

The second portion of the preliminary card for UFC 200, to air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The fights on this portion of the bout card are as follows:

Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

The early preliminary card for UFC 200, to air live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. eastern time. The fights on this portion of the bout card are as follows:

Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi

[Photo: Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images]

 

 

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UFC 200 Main Event Changes Again
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