Last Saturday was supposed to be a momentous day for fight fans and fighters alike. UFC 200 looked to be the greatest marvel of the immortals the likes of which we had ever seen. But without Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and Jon Jones, the event dropped from legendary, to just good. A title-changed, but beside that, there really was nothing that shocked the viewer.
For BrotherShip Sports, I did a preview write up for the event and made picks for the 12 fights. In astounding fashion, I went 8-4 on my picks. First time that’s happened in about 3 years that I cracked a good winning percentage. But enough about me, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
The Main Card showcased Cain Velasquez against Travis Browne to open up. Cain could be back, he opened up the big card with a KO of Browne. Cain’s been out of the title picture for a bit, but maybe he just catapulted himself back into contention with that W.
Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar once again went the distance. With Aldo once again, winning by UD. To me, the story of this fight was the icy glare of Conor McGregor to Aldo. McGregor is already in his head, and they haven’t had a rematch yet. Edgar also set a record for 6 hours in the octagon over a career. But that record means nothing to me, due to the fact he doesn’t have a belt right now.
The Beast and former WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar returned in impressive fashion. He took down the Super Samoan Mark Hunt repeatedly and won by unanimous decision. After the fight, Lesnar had this to say to the media.
“Let’s get one thing straight: Brock Lesnar’s gonna do what Brock Lesnar wants to do.”
Lesnar will be back, and while we are at it, will fight Cain, beat Cain and somehow find himself back in the title picture.
Now to the first title fight, oh wait no it wasn’t! Thanks a lot Jon Jones, you really out did yourself this time. We got Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva. Let’s be real, if DC wanted to, he could have killed Silva. But he was a good guy about it and let Silva stick around for the decision. I truly believe if Jones fights, he KO’s Cormier. Cormier looked bad in this fight, and hopefully Jones gets his nose clean so the two can meet in the Octagon. But knowing Jon Jones, he will screw that up.
The main event went to the ladies, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. And by a shocking fashion (not really), Nunes made Tate tap-out. If you didn’t read the parentheses in sarcasm, then take the time to go back and do that. Ok? We good here? Alright let’s move back to the fight. Nunes made her tap, and dominated in every moment preceding it. Tate looks stupid after trash talking Ronda and Holly Holm. Now Nunes may get fed to Holly Holm or Ronda Rousey, but she’s a fighter and will take what she can get.
I linked my preview above so go and check it out. TJ Dillashaw got a win which throws him back into title contention. Sage “Tim Tebow” Northcutt got a big win as well. I think he’s a name to watch over in the next year or so. He’s an interesting one and could be the future of the company.
201 looks underwhelming, and people want McGregor-Diaz to fight again at 203 like they wanted a copy of Fallout 4. A couple big months for the new owners of the UFC. Strap on your seatbelt folks and here we go.
Overall Grade for 200: B+