- It’s a big night for UFC and WWE fans as UFC 200 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. After a couple of switches, the fight will officially be headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes. Below is a final look at the lineup for the show:
Main PPV Card:
Women's Bantamweight Fight for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
- Miesha Tate (c) vs. Amanda Nunes
- Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Light Heavyweight Fight
- Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva
Featherweight Fight for the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship
- José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
- Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Bowne
Preliminary Card (Airing on Fox Sports 1)
Women's Bantamweight Fight
- Cat Zinganovs. Julianna Peña
Catchweight (171.25 lbs) Fight
- Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assunção
- Enrique Marín vs. Sage Northcutt
Preliminary Card (Airing on UFC Fight Pass)
- Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
- Gegard Mousasivs. Thiago Santos
- Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
- I’m going to have an “Open Thread” going and I’ll be making notes about Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt only. For the rest of it, feel free to drop in and say hey or just post your thoughts about a specific fight and come back later to see if anyone replies. I’m not expecting a huge turnout due to the fact we aren’t a UFC website but this is a major event.
- For those wondering about UFC’s negotiations with WWE and Brock Lesnar, it was Dana White, Lesnar, Brock’s management team, Triple H and Vince McMahon that hammered out the return deal. WWE has been promoting the fight and we’re expecting a SummerSlam mention on tonight’s pay-per-view. WWE is expected to get a UFC fighter to appear at their pay-per-view next month on WWE Network. Vince and Dana have had an on and off relationship but they’re obviously “on” right now for this one. The concern within WWE is that Lesnar will get knocked out; so expect WWE’s brass to be holding their breaths until tonight is over.
- Dana White is expecting more than one million buys for tonight’s show; he’s projecting more than what UFC 100 did, a fight headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, which was the most bought UFC PPV of all-time with a buyrate of 1.6 million.
- Daniel Cormier versus Anderson Silva is not for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. It will be a three-round fight, as Silva was given the option for a five-round title fight but declined.
- WWE has announced several items for next Monday’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Detroit, MI, take note of the following:
* Vince McMahon is scheduled to return
* Rusev will defend the WWE United States Championship against Zack Ryder
* Sasha Banks will face Dana Brooke
* Battle Royal to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day visit The Wyatt Family compound
- Moose confirmed Friday on social media that he’s leaving Ring of Honor. He was set to sign with WWE but they backed away due to 2009 domestic violence issues, that were made worse when Jerry Lawler was arrested. Simply put, WWE doesn’t want it to look like they tolerate domestic violence. Moose tweeted: ”Thank you @ringofhonor for the last two years and all the Memories...... See you down the Road……”. Expect to see him next with TNA Wrestling.
- Bill Goldberg spoke with Jim Varsallone of The Miami Herald about his involvement in the WWE 2K17 video game and whether or not it was a precursor to doing something else: "Is it [a] precursor to me doing something else with WWE in the future? That's not for me to say. I can't speak for them, but as far as I'm concerned, this wasn't my way to weasel into another match. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't happen, so be it.” That interview is available in its entirety at this link.
- John Cena, who isn’t working as many live events as usual this summer, tweeted this on Saturday: ”I have not "earned" a slower schedule, I have "earned" an opportunity to challenge the limits of work capacity. #NeverGiveUp #HUSTLE”