Fresh from the success of UFC 196, the UFC is already prepping up for UFC 200 slated to be held on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas. UFC 196 saw Nate Diaz submitting Conor Gregor and Meisha Tate becoming the new women’s bantamweight champion.
The UFC had already bared its plans to make UFC 200 a huge event. Although UFC President Dana White has not made any announcements about the fight cards yet, here is a look at what’s on tap during the event, based on a report by Yahoo News.
Nate Diaz vs Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight belt
Lawler may have the advantage in size over Nate Diaz but the latter’s victory over McGregor in UFC 196 has given him renewed confidence. Despite losses to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory McDonald at 170, Diaz is still aiming for a big fight at 170 pounds. Lawler has already fought and lost to Nick Diaz, Nate’s older brother, so he can get some revenge for that lost through Nate.
Carlos Condit vs George Saint-Pierre
The two had already locked horns at UFC 154 in 2012 with GSP mapping out a unanimous decision win over Condit. The former welterweight champion is training and is interested to make a comeback and UFC 200 can be a great platform to do that. Condit is also pondering retirement but a fight with GSP could make him change his mind.
Rafael dos Anjos vs Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title
A broken foot sidelined the UFC lightweight champion for his supposed title defense against Conor McGregor but on July, dosAnjos will be back and most likely defend his title against no. 1 contender Eddie Alvarez in UFC 200.
Conor McGregor vs Frankie Edgar for the featherweight belt
Although he has his options, Conor McGregor seems headed for a title defense–
a rematch against Aldo or with Frankie Edgar. The latter is the most likely candidate he had no title shot since his loss to Aldo in 2013.
Holly Holm versus Amanda Nunes
Holly Holm wants to forget about his loss in UFC 196 and get back on track for another shot at the title. But he has to hurdle Amanda Nunes first before thinking of reclaiming her title belt. However, if Ronda Rousey is ready by July then it’s going to be the third fight between the former champion and Meisha Tate.
Things can still change depending on what happens in other fights. For example, if Jon Jones wins over Daniel Cormier in UFC 197 then he could be added to the card.
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