Organizers have come up with a tantalising showdown at T-Mobile Arena, after a 24 -hour period that exposed some of best and the most difficult events about UFC
UFC 200 was always intended to be memorable. But not quite like this.
And so it is that an event intended to be a gala of mixed martial art, an contest capping a trio of UFC posters in Las Vegas from Thursday to Saturday boasting a total of five claim engages, was turned on its head.
The final campaign of the cluster is what did it. The reaction to Jon Jones testing positive for two as-of-yet unknown censored essences was a manic one.
On Thursday morning, an psychological Jones offered apologies, dismissals but no explanations for his refusal, which came after the US Anti-Doping Agency flagged a sample gathered in June and apparently notified the UFC, for which it administers a rigid dope measuring government, the previous evening.
Behind the panoramas, promoters scrambled to settle on a brand-new main event and taken together another fight for Cormier, which they did posthaste. UFC 200 became from a headliner peculiarity a talented and troubled light-colored heavyweight, perhaps the best fighter in the history of MMA, vying to regain full dominate of the 205 lb region from his competitor Daniel Cormier, to a non-title contest pitting UFC 100 ex-serviceman Brock Lesnar versus New Zealand heavyweight Mark Hunt, to a 135 lb womens title campaign boasting Miesha Tate and Brazils Amanda Nunes.
By Thursday night, just prior to Eddie Alvarez upsetting Rafael dos Anjos at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to captivate the UFC lightweight region the first of what was now four championship contests on the weekend information initiated to run that Cormier would remain on the card against former middleweight king Anderson Silva, himself a lately sanctioned performance-enhancing drug user.
It rightfully was a harrowing 24 -hour period that displayed some of best and the worst stuffs about the UFC.
Amid marketings rumors, looming antitrust suits, advancing co-sponsored sections of federal legislation that could drastically alter the business of MMA, and lingering rumblings of soldiers joining obliges to accrue more bargaining supremacy, there are the fights. There have always been the fights, which is why Saturdays UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena remains highly watchable despite Jones absence.
The depth of MMA incidents, especially the highest-profile species, has almost always acted as bulwark against the kind of carnage a lost main event can bring. UFC 200 is a wonderful example is not simply of that actuality, but of the nimbleness with which Zuffa, the promotional operators behind specific actions in the Octagon, can operate in times of extreme stress.
Fighters know what this is dynamic as well as anyone, and for the 24 men and women who remain on the card, high-pitched stakes are numerous. With certain exceptions of one contest( Sage Northcutt versus Enrique Marin ), UFC 200 presents various categories of choice slasheds that would deservedly take the marquee on less magnificent stages.
For instance, Jose Aldo crusades Frankie Edgar in a wonderful rematch from 2013 that very well could choose who operates atop the UFC featherweight discords since it seems less and less likely that current endorse Conor McGregor might ever return to 145 lbs. Its the second largest contest on the evenings pay-per-view fraction, hitherto for numerous followers it is the most interesting bout of the nighttime , is not simply because of the technological mastery of both fighters but because Aldo has questions to answer following his 13 -second KO loss to McGregor in December.
Then theres Brock Lesnar taking on Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Lesnars star power and sheer physical power elicit the eye, and its fitted that the UFC 100 veteran establishes his return to MMA from the WWE at this event. Hunt would push an elephant if the UFC promoted such things, and with Lesnar hes not so far off. Rigor in handicapping this competition adds to the intrigue.
The new main event was maligned as a matchup when UFC first announced that Miesha Tate would represent her 135 lb entitle for the first time against Amanda Nunes. This does not seem like the game that should headline a card of 200s size, but it is and, in the end, it wouldnt find as surprise if specific actions outdid detractors expectations.
Opening the central card, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, “the mens” who took the region from Lesnar in 2010, fights the tall and dangerous Hawaiian Travis Browne. Both soldiers necessitate a win very much, and the rivalry should be fierce for as long as it lasts.
And, oh yeah, Jones rival Daniel Cormier doesnt get to fight the man he so desperately wanted. But he gets to fight, and thats something. Facing The Spider Silva at light heavyweight seems like a shoo-in for Cormier, who put in a full training camp and is fit as he ever will be. Meanwhile, Silva has had 2 month removed from the removal of his gallbladder. All occasions considered, its wild that this pair was put together and licensed.
The pay-per-view is plotting for the purposes of an assortment of reasons, and so is the undercard. Bantamweight contender Cat Zingano versus Julianna Pena is a must-watch contest, with the win residence herself atop the index for a entitlement kill against the Tate-Nunes winner. That contest joins its significant welterweight conflict between former 170 lb endorse Johnny Hendricks and Kelvin Gastelum, and former bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw fighting the oft-injured Raphael Assuncao.
Not to be outdone, the preliminary segment wrangles veterans on two lightweight rivalries( Diego Sanchez v Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller v Takanori Gomi) and a 185 lb contest with Gegard Mousasi and Thiago Santos.
UFC 200 has already proven to be a wild travel. All thats left are the fights.
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