Well, the biggest weekend in the history of the UFC and frankly speaking, MMA in general is here! And usually the night before biggest card in the organization’s history should be calm, like the saying, “the calm before the storm.” But if you have been following the UFC the last few days, you would know that it’s been pouring all week.
When everyone should be focusing on one of the biggest women’s fight tonight at the UFC TUF Finale tonight between current strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, instead are talking about the news that broke late Wednesday night, that Jon Jones, one half the main event for UFC 200, was pulled from the event for a potential blood doping violation. This came only a few months after his return from his suspension for testing positive for cocaine last year. This moved the co-main event fight Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt to the main event which did not come without some controversy as Lesnar was given an exception from the full four month testing when he announced he would make his return last month.
And the other half of the story, which was being over looked a little was who would current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fight now on just two-days’ notice, if he would even fight at all.
With last minute press conferences from the UFC in the wee morning hours of Thursday that continued throughout the day with Cormier then Jones, a slew of names began to surface as potential opponents for Cormier. Names like Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi seemed to pick up the most steam. But late last night after the shocking win from Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title over Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC officially announced that former middleweight champion and one the most popular fighters in the sport, Anderson Silva will step up and fight Cormier in a light-heavyweight, non-title fight on Saturday night.
So there you have it. Just when you thought this card with every big name in the UFC couldn’t get any bigger, BOOM, Anderson Silva shows up. Now all we need is for the UFC to announce that GSP and Ronda Rousey will be fighting in the first ever, coed UFC fight and I think I could retire from writing at that point.
In all seriousness though, the magnitude of this card is monumental. The prelims alone are enough to satisfy the biggest fan. It features, Diego Sanchez, Joe Louzon, T.J. Dillashaw, Johny Hendricks, Cat Zingano, just to name a few.
The main card features the return of former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo will fight to see who will face featherweight champion, Conor McGregor next, Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva fight….for fun I guess, Brock Lesnar makes his return to MMA and tries to prove to the world that he can last longer than one round against heavy handed, Mark Hunt and Miesha Tate, after years of hard work, benefits the most from all the week’s mess and gets bumped up to main event of UFC 200 and defends her bantamweight title for the first time against Amanda Nunes.
If you are a mixed martial arts fan and are not watching UFC 200, it’s time for you to hang up your gloves and pick another sport to watch. It’s going to be a long time before a collection of the sports best talent is under one roof like this again.