Just only three more months before the moment we have all been waiting for, UFC 200 Live from Las Vegas, Nevada. But for those hardcore fight fans out there – like myself, that is just too long of a wait! With 10 awesome match-ups already announced, UFC 200 without a doubt is going to be stacked card! However, there are a few surprises that leave me with some mixed feelings… None the less, I can’t wait. Now, lets checkout the fight card!
The Main Event – Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2
This match-up threw off most of the UFC fans, at least a little bit. The excitement building up to this fight is definitely much less than the excitement leading up to the McGregor and Diaz’s first bout at UFC 196, just a little one month ago. Us fight fans were ready to see McGregor fight on UFC 200 – because we all know, McGregor doesn’t take any breaks! But, we kinda had some other match-ups for him in mind. From all of the fight-talk that I am having with my fellow fighter/coaches/fight fan friends, I have found that most of Jose Aldo fans were hoping for a McGregor vs. Aldo 2. I know I personally – along with many other fight fans – was hoping to see Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar fight for the Featherweight Title. Frankie Edgar deserves that shot! But, I guess the UFC has another plan for Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo.
The Co-Main Event – Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2
Interim Featherweight Championship
Regardless of what I, or what any other fight fans had hoped for, this is going top be one hell of a fight! At UFC 156 just a little over three years ago, is where the first bout between Aldo and Edgar took place. Back in 2013, Jose Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision. The fight was amazing though! With Aldo coming off his SECOND loss as a professional Mixed Martial Artist, he is now seeking redemption. And Edgar coming off of five straight wins, he wants that title shot! This rematch is going to be phenomenal. The winner of this fight is set to fight Conor McGregor for the FULL Featherweight title.
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Women’s Bantamweight Championship
With both of these fighters coming off of wins against tough opponents at UFC 196, this fight will be very entertaining I am sure! I think most of us are a bit surprised about this match-up though, I know I am! Ronda Rousey previously had accepted a trilogy match against Tate, but she requested the fight to take place toward the end of 2016. So it is a little surprising that the UFC is having Miesha Tate fight at UFC 200 but, we certainly are happy about it! Many fight fans were also expecting a rematch between Tate and Holm. Once the possibility of Tate’s first title defense occurring at UFC 200 came to my knowledge, I had hoped for that to be the rematch with Cat Zingano. Back in 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, Zingano defeated Tate via TKO in round 3. Now that Tate is champion, it would make sense to have Zingano vs. Tate 2 for the belt. Hopefully we will see this rematch in the future! On another note though, I predict Miesha Tate will successfully defend her belt for the first time in this women’s Bantamweight title fight against Amanda Nunes.
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
With both fighters being known for their knockouts, either way this fight probably wont last too long so… don’t blink!
Johny Hendricks vs. Kevin Gastelum
If both fighters can make weight… I am sure this will be a killer match, as both fighters are fighting for the Welterweight rankings! Johny Hendricks currently ranked #5 in the division, needs this win to keep his ranking and to keep the future possibilities of another shot at the belt. Kevin Gastelum currently ranked #12 in the division is praying for this win, to bring him closer to the top of of the rankings. Both fighters are in this to win this!
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Women’s Bantamweight Bout
I predict a phenomenal fight! With Cat Zingano coming for redemption after her loss against Ronda Rousey last year and with Julianna Pena ready to put on a show after her long awaited recovery from her knee injury… This is NOT a fight to take a nap while!
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
With Gegard Mousasi ranked as #8 and Derek Brunson ranked as #11 in the division, this fight will not be a disappointment!
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Sage Northcut vs. Enrique Marin
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi