It was supposed to be the biggest event in UFC history but by the time Saturday rolled around the fights that took place looked nothing like the fights that were advertised in the months leading up it. After the Conor McGregor debacle and with Jon Jones being flagged for an anti-doping violation just days before the event, UFC 200 saw the crowning of a new women’s bantamweight champion, the successful return of Brock Lesnar, and the reemergence a Jose Aldo.
Sprinkled in the mist of the above mentioned storylines the night also saw Cain Velasquez look like his old self and it fans also witnessed a glorified sparring session between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva.
The preliminary card started off with a bang as the first three bouts all ended in first round knockouts. Unfortunately those three bouts aired on the UFC’s Fight Pass app and went unseen by a majority of the public. From there the card switched over to Fox Sports 1 where things began to slowdown quite significantly. UFC’s prize pupil Sage Northcutt kicked off the FS1 broadcast with a unanimous decision victory over Enrique Marin. That was followed by unanimous decision wins for TJ Dillashaw, Kelvin Gastelum, and Julianna Pena.
The pay-per-view card sped things up as former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez only need one round to defeat Travis Browne via a TKO. Velasquez looked recharged and a real threat to get back to the heavyweight title. He has been marred by injuries over the past 2 years and has not fought since June of 2015 when he was defeated by Fabricio Werdum.The win over Browne may have earned a front row seat at UFC 203 when current champ Stipe Miocic takes on Alistair Overeem.
The next three bouts slowed down the pace of the pay-per-view as all three ended in unanimous decisions from the judges. Jose Aldo battered Frankie Edgar for 25 minutes to claim the interim featherweight title and hopefully another crack at Conor McGregor.
Daniel Cormier would then go on to use is superior wrestling skills to hold down Anderson Silva to earn a three round decision. Silva’s jiu-jitsu game kept Cormier from advancing on the ground and inflict any real damage but the control Cormier had been more than enough for the judges to give the light heavyweight champ the decision. Though Silva took the fight on three days notice he proved that he is still very dangerous and he landed his fair share of nice shot the short time he was on his feet. The crowd voice their displeasure with the fight and even starting a chant of “stand them up”.
The co-main event marked the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar had been out of action since 2011 and returned to the WWE. The announcement of his return to the octagon surprised many. He was dealt the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt as his return opponent and many knew the fight could go down in two ways: Mark Hunt knocks out Brock Lesnar or Lesnar uses his wrestling to control Hunt on the ground. The latter scenario played out and Lesnar took home the decision win. The fight started out tentative and Hunt never really seemed to find a rhythm. In the third round Lesnar looked like his former self as he laid some nasty looking ground and pound on Hunts face.
After three long decision fights the crowed seemed less than energized by the time the main event came around. The headliner marked the first title defense for Miesha Tate after she defeated Holly Holm with a spectacular performance back at UFC 196. Unfortunately for Tate she did not turn in such a performance against Amanda Nunes. Nunes, a native of Brazil, stalked Tate very early in the round and landed a series of jabs. Nunes lands a pair of right hands that catch Tate and the Brazilian could sense the end was near. Tate is hurt by a body shot and it was not long before the champion was on the canvas. Nunes got on Tate’s back and secured a rear naked choke for the win in the very first round.
Below are the full results for UFC 200.
Main Card Results:
- Amanda Nunes def. Miesha Tate via submission in Round 1 at 3:16
- Brock Lesnar def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision
- Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision
- Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision
- Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne via TKO in Round 1 at 4:57
Preliminary Card Results:
- Julianna Pena def. Cat Zingano via unanimous decision
- Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision
- T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision
- Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marin via unanimous decision
- Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez via TKO in Round 1 at 1:26
- Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos via knockout in Round 1 at 4:32
- Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi via TKO in Round 1 at 2:18