It's (Almost) Time For UFC 200!

Posted on 30 June 2016

  Next Saturday the UFC will be holding their 200th pay-per-view, live in the newly built T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. It'll go down on the last day of "international Fight Week" a week the UFC has dedicated to its fans from all over the world with a coinciding expo & three, that's right, three different cards for your viewing pleasure. In the same week 4 titles, 1 interim title, and two ultimate fighter winners will be decided all in Las Vegas.

UFC 200 is slated to be the biggest card in the company's history, or at least that's the goal. Before any fight was announced there was one certainty... Conor McGregor will fight on this card. That's were the drama began for the UFC & its golden boy. You see the UFC made this bold proclamation with the thought that McGregor would go on to beat, Nate Diaz, in a random welterweight bout (no time to get into that whole ordeal) that McGregor had asked for in lue of Rafael Dos Anos getting hurt weeks before their bout at lightweight for the championship. As you may know McGregor got chocked out and wanted his rematch against Diaz, instead of defending the featherweight belt or fighting for the lightweight strap. The UFC said sure we'll make it the main event at UFC 200.

McGregor felt that he had made enough publicity for himself and that his name alone is good enough for advertising while the UFC felt otherwise. McGregor skipped out on media obligations and just like that he was taken off of the card. Meanwhile, the other UFC drama king and once light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones, beat Ovince St. Preux in an interm title match. Well McGregor given all the chances in the world to get back on 200, "retired" and left the UFC no other choice than to book Cormier v. Jones II as the main event. Don't worry McGregor is fighting his rematch at UFC 202 in the same building. 

The Daniel Cormier (DC) & Jon Jones beef goes way back. These two men didn't like each other before they ever fought each other. After a salty altercation at another event completely these two men made the UFC look like the WWF in the lead up to their first fight. Good ol fashion shit talking and fights before the actual fight. Jon Jones, who is usually humble in victory, beat DC to retain his championship belt. Unfortunately for the champ the only person that has been able to beat him is himself. After a slew of problems out of the octogon he left the UFC no choice but to strip him of his title and suspended him until he got his life together. DC would go on to fill in for Jones in a fight against Anthony Johnson, for the vacated light heavyweight title. As fate would have it DC won & defended his title while waiting for Jones to "get his shit together."

The rest of the booking was a breeze and the main card was set up nicely. Miesha Tate will defend her title for the first time against Amanda Nunes. Tate is a submission machine for the most part while Nunes packs a whopper in each fist. It'll be interesting to see styles. Then you have a superfight rematch with Jose Aldo & Frankie Edgar but this time for the interm (or vacant depending on who you ask) featherweight belt. Aldo won their first bout by unanimous decision but the fight was probably the closest thing to a hard time Aldo has had in the UFC (Other than the 13 seconds he fought Connor McGregor.) Then finally to open the pay-per-view you'll have former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez take on perennial contender Travis Browne. No description needed those two guys are huge they are going to brawl.

The undercard is stacked as well with Ultimate Fighter winners and former champions! In addition to that, Houstons very own, Sage Northcutt, will be opening the Prelims on Fox Sports 1 in a return to lightweight against Enrique Marín. Northcutt went up a division in his last fight after his opponent got hurt. This resulted in a quick tap against Bryan Barberena, and would be his first professional loss. Hopefully a return to his weight class and good health will put him back in the win column, especially after signing an exclusive deal with Reebok. 
Out of the 24 fighters on the card 17 of them have headlined an event before. 3 of the competitors were actually on UFC 100 and all won. Jim Miller beat Mac Danzig, Jon Jones beat Jake O'Brian, and Brock Lesner beat Frank Mir in the rematch. What's that? I haven't mentioned Brock Lesner yet? THAT'S BECAUSE WE SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST! 
Weeks before it was announced, Mark Hunt told the media that the UFC brass told him to be ready for UFC 200. Most of us thought it was to be prepared for Cain Velasquez getting hurt again but then at UFC 199, Ariel Helwani & then the UFC broke the news that UFC 100 headliner & former heavyweight champion, Brock Lesner, would return in the co-main event against the aforementioned Hunt! There's no telling how long Lesner has actually trained for this event but one would have to assume he's known about this as a possibility before signing on the dotted line. Mark Hunt is a head hunter and it'll truly be amazing to see him try to stay off his back and slay the Goliath in front of him. 

Here are my picks for UFC 200 main card:

Cain Velasquez defeats Travis Browne via 3rd round KO

Frankie Edgar defeats Jose Aldo via Split Decision

Miesha Tate defeats Amanda Nunes via 2nd round RNC

Mark Hunt defeats Brock Lesner via 2nd round TKO

Jon Jones defeats DC via 3rd round Guillotine

And as a bonus I also have Sage Northcutt winning in the 1st round Via RNC.

It'll be a great card and hopefully better than UFC 100, which was riddled with Decisions. If you want my other picks for the card you can tweet me @SouthsideColl & for everything else stay right here at Southside Collection. 

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