LAS VEGAS (Sunday July 10. 2016)— On the 3rd and final event of UFC international Fight week we arrived to UFC200. The biggest event in UFC history to date and it came with a stacked card and a golden octagon. With excitement always comes a catch and with the main event being changed not once but twice it all came full circle on fight day. The main event featured the women’s bantamweight champion Miehsa Tate defending her title for the first time against the #4 ranked fighter Amanda Nunes, the former heavyweight champion of the world Brock Lesnar made his return to face the #8 ranked heavyweight Mark Hunt. The light Heavyweight champion of the world Daniel Cormier faces late replacement #5 ranked middleweight Anderson Silva. The interim featherweight title is on the line when former champion #1 Jose Aldo takes on #2 Frankie Edgar. With all the fights being stacked with high-ranking fighters and former champions all you can do is sit back and relax. As Joe Rogan said “It’s Like Xmas for MMA Fans”. So without further ado……
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!!
The first set of Prelims got kicked off on UFC Fight pass, and the first fight was in the lightweight division as Jim Miller (25-8) took on Takanori Gomi (35-11), The action got rolling fast and early as Jim Miller took out Gomi in the 1st round with a finish. Winner: Jim Miller (26-8) by TKO Round 1.- Looser: Takanori Gomi (35-12). Next up in middleweight division former Strikeforce champion #8 Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2) took on the upcoming #15 Thiago Santos (13-3), a dominating performance from start to finish for Mousasi as he just overwhelmed Santos from the start and it was enough to get the win. Winner: Gegard Mousasi (39-6-2) by KO Round 1. – Looser: Thiago Santos (13-4). Next in the Fight Pass featured bout it was a lightweight war between Diego Sanchez (28-8) and Joe Lauzon (25-12), a war of hands it was but it was Joe Lauzon who came out on top. Winner: Joe Lauzon (26-12) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Diego Sanchez (28-9). As the prelims switch over to FS1 the great fights just keep coming and the lightweights were up first as Super Sage Northcutt (7-1) took on Enrique Martin (9-3), a great fight to kick off the prelims on FS1 as Northcutt found himself in trouble multiple times but managed to stay calm and work himself out of trouble, and do enough to seal the deal. Winner: Sage Northcutt (8-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Enrique Martin (9-4). Next up in the bantamweight division a fight that could have headlined a PPV, former champion TJ Dillashaw (13-3) took on #3 Raphael Assuncao (23-4), with the potential #1 contender spot on the line to see who faces champion Dominick Cruz next and TJ Dillashaw showed that he is prime and ready to get his title back. Assuncao showed some ring rust and just couldn’t land anything significant on the quick Dillashaw. Winner: TJ Dillashaw (14-3) by Unanimous Decision (30-7,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Raphael Assuncao (23-5).
Next up another former champion and a TUF winner went head to head in a welterweight showdown as #6 Johny Hendricks (17-4) took on #12 Kelvin Gastelum (12-2), a great back and forth fight between these two, and even though Hendricks didn’t make weight he put on a hell of a fight. Gastelum had a steady flow going that kept Hendricks on his heels, and that was enough to get the win. Winner: Kelvin Gastelum (13-2) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Johny Hendricks (17-5). The featured prelim bout was in the women’s bantamweight division as former title challenger #3 Cat Zingano (9-1) took on TUF winner #5 Julianna Pena (8-2), in a potential title challenger elimination fight both ladies came out strong and ready to go. Zingano took the early lead with some significant strikes and ground work but from round 2 to the final bell Pena took over the fight with some great takedowns and dominant ground work. Once Cat got to the ground there just wasn’t much she could to get back to her feet and take back the fight. Winner: Julianna Pena (9-2) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Cat Zingano (9-2).
The main card kicked off in the packed heavyweight division and a win here for either man could mean a future title shot in their next fight. #2 Cain Velasquez (13-2) took on #7 Travis Browne (18-3-1), a classic heavyweight fight to kick off the PPV as Cain Velasquez came out on a mission and overwhelmed Browne with his strikes from the very begging. It came all the way to 3 seconds left in the round for the stoppage. Winner: Cain Velasquez (14-2) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Travis Browne (18-4-1). Next up a fight that no one ever expected to see but with what happened to Jon Jones, The GOAT had to step in and save the show. In a light heavyweight fight, the light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1) took on the #5 (MW) Anderson Silva (33-7), 2 days’ notice just wouldn’t be enough for the GOAT as Daniel Cormier, through all the drama, put on a show and dominated the fight from start to finish. DC kept Silva on the ground for 85% of the fight and that proved to be enough to get the win. Winner: Daniel Cormier (18-1) by Unanimous Decision (30-26,30-26,30-26), – Looser: Anderson Silva (33-8).
In the co main event a heavyweight showdown for the returning former heavyweight champion of the world The Beast Incarnate Brock lesnar (5-3) and the Super Samoan #8 Mark Hunt (12-10-1). An absolute war between these two men, in round 1 it was all Brock into the 2nd there wasn’t much action but into the 3rd Lesnar took over again with a big takedown and some big ground and pound. Lesnar did tire and Hunt did take a lot of punishment but at the end of the night The Beast Incarnate proved he could still rule the octagon. Winner: Brock lesnar (6-3) by unanimous Decision (29-27,29-27,29-27). Looser: Mark Hunt (12-11-1).
Featherweight Interim Title Fight
#1 Jose Aldo (25-2) Vs #2 Frankie Edgar (19-4-1)
With Connor McGregor having his last two fights in another weight class this rematch between two of the best featherweights in the world will crown an interim champion until the notorious one makes his return. Frankie Edgar who has been on a role earned his shot and Aldo who received his first lost in 10 years got his rematch. The first round was just as everyone expected it would be with a lot of mutual respect between the two fighters there wasn’t a lot of action early on but as the round wore one Aldo got to slip in a few shots that landed but Edgar did get a chance to land a couple in response as round 1 came to a close. The 2nd began with the same flow as the 1st but Aldo did land some clean shots that opened up Frankie’s eye. Edgar showed that they eye wasn’t going to be an issue as he kept pushing the pace by throwing and landing some significant strikes. The 3rd opened up with the relentless Frankie Edgar continuing to push the pace, but as Edgar pushes Aldo stays calm and continues to slip in strikes that are wearing down Frankie’s Face. Into the 5th Aldo’s conditioning continued to strive and the beating that Edgar was taking really started to slow him down and that was all she wrote. Aldo proved that he was more than ready for this fight his cardio was on point he was in top-notch shape and last but not least his striking game and defense were on point from start to finish. Frankie Edgars chin did hold up the entire fight but the constant strikes of Aldo that kept landing was just too much for the Answer to handle. With Aldo Winning this fight it is pretty set in stone that we are going to see a Connor McGregor Jose Aldo rematch.
Winner: #AndNew Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (26-2) by Unanimous Decision (49-46,49-46,48-47)
Looser: Frankie Edgar (19-5-1)
Main Event Women’s Bantamweight Title Fight
C Miesha Tate (18-5) Vs #4 Amanda Nunes (12-4)
The main event was a battle between two women who got the chance to main event the biggest PPV in UFC history and they showed that they deserved to be the main event from day one. Champion Miesha Tate defended her title for the first time against the #4 ranked women in the world Amanda Nunes. So much to prove for both women and with the lights shining bright that’s what they did. The fight begins with Nunes doing what she does best and that’s throwing bombs early and often. Miesha didn’t stand a chance the first few shots came in clean and had her rocked. After the shots came in Miesha fell to the ground to cover up, Nunes sunk in the rear naked choke and that was all she wrote. A beautiful and domination performance for Amanda Nunes. A tough for Tate early shots and she just couldn’t recover.
Winner: #AndNew Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes (13-4) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1.
Looser: Miesha Tate (18-6)
A hell of a night and even a better week, thank you and congratulations to all the new champions. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
By: Rick San Bartolome
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