At various points, the flagship event UFC 200 has looked like a calamity waiting to happen, from the withdrawal of Conor McGregor to Jon Jones being dropped 48 hours before the main event for a drugs violation. Despite the perceived negatives, it fought back to deliver something far greater than the potential disaster, which was staring it in the face.
UFC 200 Main Card Results:
1) Amanda Nunes defeated: Miesha Tate, submission (Round 1, 3:16)
2) Brock Lesnar defeated: Mark Hunt, unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
3) Daniel Cormier defeated: Anderson Silva, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
4) Jose Aldo defeated: Frankie Edgar, unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
5) Cain Velasquez defeated: Travis Browne, TKO (Round 1, 4:57)
1) Amanda Nunes vs Miesha Tate
Amanda Nunes took the bantamweight belt from Miesha Tate in the headline event with an abrupt stoppage via submission. A ‘rear naked choke’ timed at 3:16 in the first round being sufficient to claim the title, which has now changed hands three times since November after Ronda Rousey’s defeat. Nunes has become the first Brazilian woman to hold a UFC title. Arguably, this fight being the voluntary headline fight of UFC 200 after Jon Jones’ withdrawal, means the fight’s significance is far beyond any short-term effects; further enhancing women competitors and their credentials within UFC.
2) Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt
Arguably the unofficial headline event of UFC 200 saw the return of Brock Lesnar (6-3) to claim a dominant victory over the eighth-ranked fighter in the world, Mark Hunt (12-11-1). Hunt escaped being taken down twice in the first round, despite taking numerous punches and a knee to the body.
The second round was a quieter affair, with Hunt maneuvering out of range to prevent a number of attempted takedowns. The third round was similar to the first, Lesnar again taking control. Landing a number of powerful punches before taking Hunt to the floor. It was a victory created by and enforced with, pure brute strength and muscle. Ultimately a unanimous victory on all three scorecards (29-27) represented a successful comeback for the WWE star.
3) Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva
Cormier endured a difficult week to inflict a defeat upon last minute replacement Anderson Silva. After being demoted from the UFC main event, following Jon Jones’ removal for failing a drugs test, and even facing a potential removal from the card altogether, Anderson Silva stepped up to the plate at the last minute. Cormier left this behind to claim a unanimous victory against a gutsy performer, which leads him to surely be regarded as the division’s one true champion.
4) Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar
Aldo looked back to his old self, and far from the scrambled brain fighter who lost to a brutal knockout by Conor McGregor to claim the interim featherweight title. Aldo produced a skillful performance focusing on quality rather than quantity, out working Edgar, to claim a unanimous decision on the scorecards.
5) Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne
Velasquez won a comfortable victory, showing remarkable agility for a man of serious size, weighing in at 240lbs.
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