It’s the granddaddy of them all. It’s taken almost 23 years, 362 events. We’ve seen strikers, wrestlers, grapplers, and everything in between to get to this point. UFC 200, the event that was announced a year before fight day and the event that a new stadium seemed to be built around, is finally right here. Three title fights, 9 current or former champions, and 18 ranked fighters makes up the card that is expected to rival the long-time highest PPV buy rate of UFC 100. The biggest weekend in company history ends with the biggest fight of them all in the rematch between Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Interim champion Jon Jones.
Main Card- PPV (10 PM EDT, 7 PM PDT, 3 AM GMT)
Women’s Bantamweight: (c)Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes- for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title
Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Light Heavyweight: (c)Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva- Non-title bout
Featherweight: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar- for the Interim UFC Featherweight title
Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT, 1 AM GMT)
Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
Early Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass (6:30 PM EDT, 3:30 PDT, 11:30 GMT)
Lightweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
The first of two title fights on UFC 200 is for the Interim Featherweight title as former longtime champion Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA; 7-1 UFC) and former Lightweight title holder and Featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar (20-4-1; 14-4-1). The bout is a rematch from their UFC 156 title fight where Aldo successfully defended his belt against Edgar edging the decision.
The bout is being fought for an interim as current title holder Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz at 170 pounds for the second fight in a row at UFC 202 in August. The bout will give a clear title challenger to McGregor’s belt in the future.
Aldo was a seven-time defending Featherweight title holder. He was granted the title from the WEC merger at UFC 123. He defended for the first time at the famed UFC 129 in Montreal as the co-main event to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. Six defences later, including two against Chad Mendes, he finally found the guy that would take him into superstardom when he was scheduled against Conor McGregor. Aldo was unable to make the first one at UFC 189 and after McGregor beat Mendes for the interim belt, the bout was rescheduled for UFC 194. Aldo was unable to make it past the 13-second mark as he was KO’d in the first punch McGregor threw. Aldo is top 10 in many categories in the Featherweight division being tops in Average Fight Time (18:24) and Significant Strike Defense (69.6%).
Edgar is a former Lightweight title holder he first won the belt back when he beat BJ Penn at UFC 112. One fight later in a rematch he successfully defended it against Penn, then narrowly retained it in a draw against Gray Maynard, and then beat Maynard in the rematch by fourth round KO before losing the title in his next outing. After losing two consecutive title fights to Benson Henderson, he got the short-notice call to face Aldo at UFC 156. The fight was close as Edgar outwrestled Aldo, with the champion outstriking the challenger. Since that loss, he has five straight wins, including a KO in his most recent bout against Chad Mendes at TUF 22 Finale. Edgar has the better wrestling in the match up with 2.71 Takedowns per 15 min., but surprisingly out strikes Aldo with 3.51 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM).
(c)Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva
In the eleventh hour (via Ariel Helwani), the whole card dramatically shifted as it was announced Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1; 6-1) takes on former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-7,1 NC; 16-3, 1 NC). The bout is a three-round non-title bout. The bout came together after former Light Heavyweight champion and current Interim champion Jon Jones tested positive on a USADA test and has been provisionally suspended.
Cormier won the belt at UFC 187 with a Rear-Naked choke win over Anthony Johnson. His first title defence came against Swede Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in a Fight of the Year candidate. Cormier won the bout by unanimous decision to remain the champion and to get a chance to avenge his only career loss to Jones. The UFC 197 bout was changed when Cormier pulled out due to an injury. At that event, Jones won the interim title to set up a rematch with Cormier on the biggest stage possible; UFC 200. Then, well… you know the rest.
Silva has fought at 205 three times in his prolonged UFC career. He first fought James Irvin at 205 in 2008 with a first round KO. He returned to defend his belt two more times and then went back to Light Heavyweight to face former champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. He once again won the fight by first round KO after three knockdowns in the first round. He returned to 205 at UFC 153 where he beat Stephan Bonnar by TKO for his third consecutive first-round finish at 205 pounds. Silva holds the record for most knockdowns in a UFC career with 18 over his 20 UFC fights.
(c)Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
The second title fight is for the Women’s Bantamweight belt as newly crowned champion Miesha Tate (18-5; 5-2) takes on Amanda Nunes (12-4; 5-1).
Tate won the title in the co-main event of UFC 196 against Holly Holm. The bout went into the fifth round with Holm up on the cards. Tate pulled off the Rear-Naked choke in the final round to become the champion. The victory was her fifth in a row, the first finish she’s had in the UFC. The title holder is hoping to set up a future trilogy bout with Ronda Rousey if she is able to get past the challenger. ‘Cupcake’ has always been a better wrestler/grappler than striking, evident by her 2.18 Takedowns per 15 min. and 1.8 Submission Attempts per 15 min.
Nunes is a winner of three straight and five of her six UFC fights with four finishes. After joining from Invicta at UFC 163, Nunes had two straight TKO wins over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. She ran into one of the best women’s fighters in the world when she faced Cat Zingano at UFC 178. The fight went well for Nunes for a round and a half before Zingano took over and won the fight by TKO. After the loss, she has won her last three with wins over Shayna Baszler (TKO), Sara McMann (Rear-Naked choke) and Valentina Shevchenko (Decision). Compared to her counterpart, Nunes is the better striker (3.67 SLpM) and is competitive when it comes to submission grappling.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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