The biggest event in UFC history is upon us and if you are checking out UFC 200 on Saturday Night, you may need to get your head checked. The event will now be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight as Miesha Tate defends against Amanda Nunes. Also, Brock Lesnar faces Mark Hunt, Daniel Cormier faces Anderson Silva and a UFC Interim Featherweight Champion will be crowned.
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title Fight
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (18-5-0) (Champion) vs. Amanda “Lioness” Nunes (12-4-0)
Tate will be making the first defense of her championship, which she won by defeating Holly Holm at UFC 197. Nunes will enter the fight riding a three fight winning streak, most notably defeating Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. St. Preux. Tate will be headlining her first ever UFC event and she has been with the promotion for over three years. Nunes has only suffered a single defeat thus far in her UFC run, with that defeat coming to Cat Zingano at UFC 178. Nunes will win the belt if she gets the finish within the first two rounds, but Tate will drag the fight out and tap Nunes in the fourth to keep the belt.
UFC Heavyweight Division Fight
“The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (12-10-1) vs. Brock Lesnar (5-3-0)
Hunt will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak, last defeating Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir. Lesnar will enter the fight riding a two fight losing streak and he will be returning to action after a nearly five year layoff. Hunt has already challenged once before for the UFC Heavyweight Title, losing to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180. Lesnar is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 91 to win the championship. Lesnar’s best shot at winning is to get the fight to the great, but Hunt’s takedown defense is excellent and his punching ppower will be to much for Lesnar, Hunt gets the first round finish.
UFC Light Heavyweight Division Fight (Non-Title)
Daniel Cormier (17-1-0) (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) vs. Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-7-0-1NC)
Cormier will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak and this fight would have marked his second light heavyweight title defense if Jon Jones was not pulled from the card. Silva will be taking this fight on less than two days notice and he is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva’s best shot at winning is to use his movement to keep Cormier guessing on what to do, but Cormier uses his wrestling to grind out a decision win.
UFC Interim Featherweight Title Decision Fight
Jose “Scarface” Aldo (25-2-0) vs. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (20-4-1)
Aldo will be competing for the first time since losing the featherweight title to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Edgar is entering the fight riding a five fight winning streak and he is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. Aldo defeated Edgar once before at UFC 156 and he defended the featherweight title nine times before losing it. Edgar has headlined four of the last five UFC cards he competed on and he has not suffered a defeat in nearly four years. This fight should play out similar to how the first encounter did, but Edgar will make enough adjustments to walk away with the decision this time out.
UFC Heavyweight Division Fight
Travis “Hapa” Browne (18-3-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (13-2-0)
Browne has rotated wins and losses in his last five UFC appearances, with his last fight being a win over Matt Mitrione at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz. Velasquez will be competing for the first time since losing the heavyweight title to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188. Browne’s best shot at winning would be to use his reach to keep Velasquez at a distance, but Velasquez eventually gets Browne to the ground on route to a second round TKO finish.
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TJ Dillashaw over Raphael Assuncao
Sage Northcutt over Enrique Marin
Diego Sanchez over Joe Lauzon
Gegard Mousasi over Thiago Santos
Jim Miller over Takanori Gomi