It goes without saying that UFC 200 is a monster of a card, easily the biggest event that the Las Vegas-based MMA giant has ever unleashed to the bloodthirsty, fight-loving public. Everything goes down Saturday night from within the magnificent new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the main will be televised live on pay-per-view.
UFC 200’s lineup consists of a record 11 current or former Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride Fighting Championships and Strikeforce world champions and in the case of Mark Hunt, a former K-1 World Grand Prix champion has been added to the mix for good measure.
The main event was supposed to be the bitter grudge match between hated nemeses Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. But Jones’ fall continues to plummet the troubled phenom further into his self-made abyss and when he was notified of a USADA violation and was pulled from the event.
After originally announcing that heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Hunt would serve as the new main event, the UFC changed its mind late Thursday and added the women’s bantamweight title bout between champ Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes as the marquee’s top spot. Cormier will now fight former middleweight champion Anderson Silva on two days’ notice as well, adding what will hopefully be the final piece to one of the wackiest puzzles in UFC history.
At Friday’s weigh-ins, both women came in right at the 135-pound limit. Brazil’s Nunes clocked in at 135 pounds while “Cupcake” came in at 134.5.
Former UFC featherweight monarch Jose Aldo will fight for the first time since losing his crown to Conor McGregor when he locks horns with former lightweight king Frankie Edgar for the promotion’s “interim” 145-pound title. Edgar checked in at 144.5 pounds while “Scarface” officially weighed 145.
Lesnar will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he goes toe-to-toe with Hunt. It’s a perfect matchup of striker versus wrestler and after weighing in, both were cleared to scrap. Hunt weighed 264.5 pounds while the polarizing WWE star came in at 265.5.
Finally, Cormier, who will be fighting “The Spider” in a non-title three-round tussle at light heavyweight, tipped the scale at 206 pounds. Silva, meanwhile, came in at 198.5.
UFC 200 will begin on UFC Fight Pass with a handful of preliminary bouts beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The action will continue on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, followed by the PPV telecast at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
UFC 200 Weigh-in ResultsMiesha Tate (134.5) vs. Amanda Nunes (135)
Brock Lesnar (265.5) vs. Mark Hunt (264.5)
Daniel Cormier (206) vs. Anderson Silva (198.5)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144.5)
Cain Velasquez (242.5) vs. Travis Browne (244)
Julianna Pena (135.5) vs. Cat Zingano (135.5)
Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (*171.25)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Raphael Assuncao (135.5)
Sage Northcutt (156) vs. Enrique Marin (156)
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
Gegard Mousasi (185.5) vs. Thiago Santos (186)
Takanori Gomi (156) vs. Jim Miller (155.5)
* Hendricks missed weight and will be fined 20 percent of his purse.