BREAKING NEWS. Daniel Cormier will fight at UFC 200! Confirming in a recent statement his new opponent will be the infamous Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva but the new fixture will not be a title match as ‘The Spider’ doesn’t feel ready to compete for 5 rounds and can we blame him? His loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night London would be a career ender for most people but I guess Dana White thinks the 41-year-old can contend with DC – an all American, former Olympic wrestler who’s held the Strikeforce heavyweight title and only ever suffered one loss. It will not be an easy fight for Silva but if he beats the champ we might see a re-match and even a title shot! We can only hold our breaths for now and wait for Saturday.
Lesnar v Hunt
A ferocious heavyweight showdown and one we can’t see going the distance, mainly due to Hunt being one of the most destructive punchers ever to step foot in the Octagon. He holds a 75% KO average and Lesnar follows closely behind with 60%. When these fighters step in the cage, they go for the kill. Lesnar’s sudden return was announced in the run up to UFC 200 and left all stunned as he hadn’t competed since 2011. A fight where he was indiscriminately KO’d in the first round by Alistair Overeem. Although the WWE star comes in as an underdog we still have faith in him and his sheer athleticism is more than enough to get his hand raised. If you need any reminding of this watch the video below…
Tate v Nunes
The recently crowned champion will be making her first title defence against the Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes. The challenger currently ranks 4th in the women’s bantamweight division and her aggressive approach will be a great match for Tate’s calm, counter-attack based style. A style which favoured her greatly when she faced off against the former title holder Holly Holm. This formidable performance from the ex-Strikeforce champ has to be one of the greatest shows of her talent to date and a fight which will go down in the history books (watch the fight below). But let’s not forget about the destructive power her opponent possesses with 9 knockouts in the first round Nunes is not one to be underestimated.
Aldo v Edgar
Jose Aldo’s 10 year unbroken win streak came to an end at UFC 194, when current title holder Conor McGregor knocked him out cold in just 13 seconds. A devastating loss, but he has a chance to recapture the belt and regain former glory against old foe Frankie Edgar. The last time these two faced off Aldo came away with a win, but a lot has changed since then. Frankie’s last performances are testament to this, he’s a different fighter now and can contend if not dominate with the likes of Aldo. If he beats the Brazilian on Saturday he’ll have secured the interim belt and all that would stand in his way is the Irish-man McGregor. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, from pre-fight video below we see that this fight could go either way.
Velasquez v Browne
The former UFC heavyweight champion takes on the ‘6 foot 7’ giant Travis Browne. Both goliaths sit comfortably with nothing to lose but all to gain and the winner of this fight will be in line for a title shot, so we’re sure to see some major sparks flying in the Octagon. Cain’s dominance of the heavyweight division came to an end last year when he was defeated by Fabricio Werdum and he’s been trying to claw his way back ever since. A question we have to ask – is Travis Browne ready for a fight like this? His on-off nature gives us a lot to question, as he can put a beating on Overeem but then lose to ‘Big Foot’ Silva. What we do know is if he turns up with his ‘A’ game it’ll be a long night for Velasquez and a loss for the ex-champ here might mean the end of his career.
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