The UFC has released its new video teaser for UFC 200 which will go down on July 9 at the T-Mobile arena of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with three co-main events that will surely rock the house down on fight night.
The first of the three main events will feature UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate taking on the “Lioness” Amanda Nunes while the second main event will have feature Brock “The Next Big Thing” Lesnar making his comeback inside the Octagon as he faces the UFC heavyweight eight-ranked fighter Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt. The main event of the evening will be the grudge match for the unification of the light heavyweight title with current champion Daniel Cormier making his toughest title defense as he squares off against Jon “Bones” Jones.
To serve as an appetizer for the three main events is the interim featherweight title that will have Jose Aldo versus Frankie Edgar. Other featured fights include Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne (heavyweight); Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña (women’s bantamweight); Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum (welterweight); T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assunção (bantamweight); Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marín (lightweight); Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson (middleweight); Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon (lightweight); and Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi (lightweight).
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UFC 200, which is also on pay-per-view was originally set for the rematch for Conor McGregor against Nate Diaz. It would be remembered that Diaz scored a huge upset against McGregor as the American jiu-jitsu fighter caught the feisty Irishman with a rare naked choke in the second round at UFC 196 that eventually led to his victory. In UFC 200, emotions went high as McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas to promote the fight that caught the ire of UFC president Dana White and decided to pull him off the fight card.
Since then McGregor and White lashed at each other with McGregor stating that he is a fighter and not a promoter while White maintained that fighters should do their obligation in promoting the fight and giving media hype to boost the interest of fight fans. Since White could not seem to find the right opponent for Diaz, the UFC decided to shelve the rematch bout and worked on a more exciting match. Thus, came the Cormier-Jones grudge rematch that has so longed been waited by fans as well.
On April 27, the UFC officially announced the new headliner for UFC 200 and that it will feature the unification of the FC light heavyweight championship between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones, who is also the current interim champion.
The two previously met at UFC 182 wherein Jones defeated Cormier by unanimous decision. However, Jones was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely after a hit-and-run incident that involved Jones. Cormier replaced him and went on to defeat Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to win the vacant title.
Their rematch was originally expected to take place at UFC 197, but Cormier pulled out three weeks before the event due to injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, in what became an interim title bout. Jones went on to defeat Saint Preux by unanimous decision and won the interim title and thus, everything came down to the unification bout.
Also at UFC 199, the UFC formally announced the comeback of former heavyweight champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar to the Octagon and days after the announcement, Lesnar himself announced that he will take on Mark Hunt as the co-main event of the evening. Interest is also being drawn down on the women’s bantamweight as Miesha Tate makes her first title defense against a tough Amanda Nunes while Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar relived their rivalry as they make their rematch this time with a higher price at stake, the interim title in the featherweight division.
The event is a pay-per-view and fight fans can also see it live through UFC Fight Pass.
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