UFC 200 fight card: Full schedule with date, times and TV channel info as WWE star Brock Lesnar battles Mark Hunt with Anderson Silva facing Daniel Cormier

The #UFC 200# is finally here but in a rather different guise than many could have expected Conor McGregor was initially supposed to headline the flagship event in a rematch with Nate Diaz before that was scrapped and postponed.

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Then Jon Jones’ rematch with Daniel Cormier was booked only for Jones to fail a drug test and be removed from the card this week.
Now Miesha Tate’s first defence of her bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes will top the bill with a supporting cast led by Cormier’s non-title fight against Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar’s return against Mark Hunt.

Here, Sportsmail runs you through everything you need to know ahead of the event.

Where is it?

UFC 200 is being held at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A short walk from the previous home of fight sports in Sin City, the MGM Grand, the arena will host mixed martial arts for the first time having hosted it’s first boxing fight in May when Amir Khan faced Canelo Alvarez.

When is it?

UFC 200 takes place on Saturday night with the first fight at 11.30pm in the UK, the prelims starting at 1am and the main card at 3am.

Where can I watch it?

UK fans can catch the action on BT Sport 2 from midnight with a full replay at 9pm on Sunday night. The early prelim fights, of which there are three, are on the subscription service Fight Pass.

After all the changes, who is actually fighting?

We are now on our fourth headline act with Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes being promoted late on Thursday night.

The main card also features the return of WWE superstar Brock Lesnar as he takes on the hard-hitting Mark Hunt as well as surprise inclusion Anderson Silva.

The Brazilian legend stepped in at the 11th hour to replace Jon Jones who failed a drug test. Silva takes on Daniel Cormier in a three-round non-title fight.

The main card of UFC 200 also features the return of WWE superstar Brock Lesnar in Las Vegas
Jose Aldo’s rematch with Frankie Edgar could steal the show and the winner will be mandated to fight featherweight champion Conor McGregor next.

The main card is completed by former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s intriguing clash with Travis Browne.

The prelim fights also feature a stack of big names as Cat Zingano takes on Julianna Pena; Johny Hendricks faces Kelvin Gastelum, and Sage Northcutt bids to bounce back from defeat last time you against Enrique Marin.

The night is kicked off by Takanori Gomi vs Jim Miller followed by Thiago Santos v Gegard Mousasi and Joe Lauzon v Diego Sanchez.

Brazilian Anderson Silva smiles as he raises the peace signs in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.

What are the odds?

Miesha Tate is a short (2/5) favourite to beat Amanda Nunes (9/4) while the same can be said for Daniel Cormier (1/5) against Anderson Silva (3/1), and Cain Velasquez (1/3) against Travis Browne (5/2).

Frankie Edgar (10/11) and Jose Aldo (evens) are hard to split while Mark Hunt is favoured (8/13) to ruin Brock Lesnar’s return (6/4).

There are also a number of special bets including for Fight of the Night; Aldo v Edgar is favourite at 5/2.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

When is UFC 200 on? All the details as Cormier takes on Jones and Brock Lesnar returns

The UFC’s International Fight Week will culminate with the biggest UFC show of all time – UFC 200. The week will include three live events, over 30 fights and there will be five UFC titles on the line.

All of the action will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Mirror Fighting will be ringside.

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The 20,000 seat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host their first-ever fight card on July 9 and the UFC matchmakers have stacked the card high top to bottom with no less than three UFC title belts up for grabs.

The main event will see the unification of the UFC light heavyweight title as interim champion Jon Jones takes on the current title holder Daniel Cormier. These two have a lot of bad blood and met previously in January 2015 where it was Jones who took the decision.Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones grapples with Daniel Comier during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015
Shortly following that Jones was on the sidelines with a myriad of personal problems and Cormier swooped in to snap up his foe’s belt and defend it once against Alexander Gustafsson.

With Jones now back on the scene having returned and won an interim title against Ovince Saint Preux, it’s now time to unify the titles and write the next chapter of this ongoing feud.There have been many big surprises in mixed martial arts this year but none bigger than the return of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar last competed in MMA back at UFC 141 where he took on Alistair Overeem and lost via TKO.After quitting MMA, Lesnar became an active member of the WWE roster and last competed back at WrestleMania in April where he defeated Dean Ambrose in a ‘street fight’. UFC 200 Fight Pass

Since then, he is said to have been training for a return to MMA and it was confirmed last month at UFC 199 in a shocking announcement.

Lesnar will fight Mark Hunt, who has been an active member of the UFC roster since 2010. He competed for the UFC heavyweight title in November 2014 where he was beaten by Fabricio Werdum in Brazil at UFC 180.

Since then, he has won two out of his last three fights and has put together consecutive knockout victories against Antonio Silva and Frank Mir.

It’s title fights galore at UFC 200 with two other belts on the line in addition to the light heavyweight matchup above. In the women’s division, Miesha Tate will defend her title against Amanda Nunes with the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title on the line. Tate won the belt only last March against Holly Holm and if she successfully defends the title next week she could see herself land an illustrious third fight with a returning Ronda Rousey later this year.

Nunes will have other ideas though and having put together an unbeaten run of three wins, she will be looking to spoil the party and win her first ever UFC title.

Lastly, an interim UFC featherweight title will be on the line when former champion Jose Aldo meets Frankie Edgar.

With the current featherweight champion Conor McGregor plying his trade elsewhere, Aldo and Edgar will compete for the chance to win an interim belt and the opportunity to face McGregor in a unification matchup down the road, possibly at UFC 205.

It’s a mouthwatering affair with Aldo already holding a win over Edgar back in 2013. ‘The Answer’ however has been on a terrific run of late and feels that now is his time to set the record straight and get his big money payday with McGregor at UFC 205 in New York City in November.

UFC 200 Full Fight Card – TV times and channels Main Card – BT Sport 2 – 3AM

205 lbs.: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones
265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
135 lbs: Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
145 lbs: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
265 lbs: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Prelim Card – BT Sport 2 – 1AM

135 lbs: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
170 lbs: Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
135 lbs: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
155 lbs: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
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155 lbs: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
185 lbs: Thiago Santos vs. Gegard Mousasi
155 lbs: Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller

King of the Hill’s Hank Returns to Promote UFC 200 in New Adult Swim Branded Spot

UFC 200: UFC has enlisted an unlikely ’90s animated duo in its quest to turn Saturday’s UFC 200 pay-per-view event into its most popular ever: King of the Hill’s Hank Hill and George Liquor from The Ren & Stimpy Show.

The animated characters—from creators Mike Judge and John Kricfalusi, respectively—are part of UFC’s first Adult Swim buy. They appeared in a branded content spot Tuesday night on the network to promote Saturday’s World Light Heavyweight Championship, a rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

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As part of UFC’s ad buy with Adult Swim, three other UFC-related animated spots will air on the network later this year.
In the first spot, Hank Hill and George Liquor guzzle beer and argue over whether Cormier or Jones will win on Saturday. “Either way, it’s the ultimate fight of the century,” says George.
King of the Hill, which Judge co-created with Greg Daniels, ran for 13 seasons on Fox but now airs nightly on Adult Swim (the UFC video includes a bug promoting that). George Liquor frequently appeared on the ’90s Nickelodeon series The Ren & Stimpy Show, which Kricfalusi created.
The spot was the brainchild of UFC president Dana White, who’s been a big Adult Swim fan for years. “It ended up becoming pretty much the only channel I watch at night when I’m laying in bed,” said White, who noticed that many of the network’s commercial pods featured content from the major movie studios that was specifically tailored to the network and its audience.
Intrigued, White began researching the demo—Adult Swim has been No. 1 among 18- to 34-year-olds for the past decade, and White said a large portion of that male audience is African-American—and realized it was an ideal fit for UFC.
“The way the pay-per-view market works for us, we give them a spot and then they circulate it through all the cable channels. But our spots are never on Adult Swim,” said White. “Comic-Con is huge, and that demo is a very loyal fan base and hardcore, much like ours. We’d never had a presence on this network that is so strong with this young demographic.”
White reached out to Judge about creating an animated short, and Judge tapped friend and fellow UFC fan Kricfalusi. The spots took more than a year to create due to the red tape required to clear the rights to use Hank Hill (which is owned by Fox) and George Liquor, and getting Adult Swim on board. “They’re into funky, crazy new shit, and they were so supportive of this thing,” said White of the network.
The upcoming UFC spots on Adult Swim won’t follow the same format as Tuesday night’s. “[Judge and Kricfalusi] are creating new characters for the future ones, which is awesome,” said White. He admitted, “This has become an obsession for me. It was very time consuming and very expensive, but here we are.”
In the end, “it was worth it,” said White. “It’s cool; it’s different. Nobody’s ever done it, and I think that targeted fan base is going to like it.”
This is the second animated short UFC commissioned to promote UFC 200. Last week, it partnered with The Chive, who animated this faceoff between Cormier and Jones at a recent press conference:

Source: http://www.adweek.com/

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UFC 200: Things didn’t end well for Kelvin Gastelum last time he tried to spar Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks and Kelvin Gastelum are set to tango in the undercard of the upcoming UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And when the two heavy-hitters collide in the center of the Octagon, it will be familiar territory for them, as the welterweight contenders have shared some cage time with one another during previous sparring sessions.

To hear “Bigg Rigg” tell it, things didn’t go too well for the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner in practice, which gives him the confidence he’ll prove victorious come fight night.”He likes to move forward. That’s something that I can definitely use against him. And the way that he throws punches – I’m not gonna get into too much of the details because some of it is my gameplan – but the way that he does certain things, I have figured out, I’ve watched the footage and I think I’ve figured out how to use that against him. And I really, really hope that he is gonna fight that way, but I’ve also prepared for a guy who knows that I can hit hard, that knows that he’s sparred me before and it didn’t go well. So what I’m thinking is that he might do a little bit of both, where he’s going to try to come out and see if he can set up himself to be a forward fighter and come forward. And once I do what I’m supposed to do and once I do all that, then he will turn into a guy that might try to throw a couple of punches and run.”
What happens in the gym hardly stays in the gym anymore.

The 170-pound showdown is a pivotal one for both men, as they each need a win in the worst way after suffering crucial losses in their respective previous outings.

To learn more about the monumental UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event click here and here.

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Daniel Cormier eyeing UFC 200 victory, rubber match with Jon Jones in New York

UFC 200: In this Jan. 2, 2015, file photo, Daniel Cormier weighs-in for a UFC 182 light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout against Jon Jones in Las Vegas. UFC is replacing its canceled Conor McGregor fight for another rematch, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 200. UFC officials announced the replacement main event on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, several days after Jones beat Ovince Saint Preux by decision in his first fight since he had his title stripped in 2015. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File) (L.E. Baskow)

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UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was in town to meet with fans Sunday a month before headlining the UFC’s marquee event UFC 200.

“This came together a month before the fight which is perfect timing,” Cormier said. “It breaks up the training a little bit, then I can go home and just kind of put my foot to the gas for the last few weeks.”UFC 200 Live Stream

Cormier will defend his light heavyweight title against Jon Jones at the event Julie 9 in Las Vegas.

He took some time Sunday before going to meet with the fans to answer a few questions about the event as well as some of MMA’s hottest topics.

Q. You’re meeting fans at Gamestop and you are on a pretty popular video game, UFC 2. Which fighter do you use?

I use myself but I really don’t understand the wrestling (controls) all that well. So I can’t hold people down which is very unfortunate because that’s what I do. (laughs) So my guy is like a great wrestler on this game but I don’t understand the way to use the wrestling so I can’t take anybody down on the game. So now I’m just a short guy that cant get any takedowns which usually doesn’t work out very well for you….

It’s pretty cool that I’m in a video game. I never thought in my life that I’d be in a video game. I’ve been a big video game player my entire life so to actually have a character is a big deal for me.

Q. UFC 200 is coming up and you’re headlining against Jon Jones, how big of a deal is that to you?

Pay Per View #200 for the UFC is massive. It’s something that I never thought that I would fight on, much less headline it. I always tell this story about UFC 100. I’m still living in Stillwater, Oklahoma and I was at my friend’s house, we called him the dot com daddy, so we are at his house hanging out watching Brock Lesner- Frank mir, Georges St. Pierre-Thiago Alves and I said… “Man I think I’m gonna start fighting.” This was about a year after the olympics … 100 UFC Pay Per Views later I’m gonna be the headlining fight. UFC 200 Stream

Q.Your fight was the replacement for the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch that fell through and was ultimately rescheduled for UFC 202. How did you feel about that bout?

I’m gonna be honest with you. When initially Nate-Conor was going to be the main event at UFC 200, there was a lot of negative backlash to that fight. People said: “Why? This makes no sense. This is not for a title.” The only thing is Conor’s a star and Nate’s a star so essentially you are getting two stars fighting for really nothing. UFC 202 — fine — another Pay Per View, you get two of the biggest stars fighting. Great.

But at UFC 200 the main fight needs to mean something and I don’t beleive there is a more important fight in all of mixed martial arts than me vs. Jon Jones. This is the most important fight that the UFC could put on and the most important event in UFC history.

Q.You and Jones have a bit of a rivalry and don’t like each other but watching you interact in press conferences it seems you both have a mutual respect for each others talents, is that accurate?

That’s pretty accurate. I do respect what he does inside the Octogon. I’ve never had a problem within the eight sides of the cage. He’s been good at that for a long time. I’ve always had a problem with the other (expletive). I just don’t like him. But I don’t have too. What skin is it off his back if I don’t like him. I know damn well it doesn’t affect me. I can care less if Jon Jones likes me. UFC 200 Live Streaming

Rivalry in that sense yes. Rivalry in a competitive sense… not yet. I have to win. If the lakers always beat the Celtics, the Celtics always got to the finals and never won, it’s no rivalry. You are just playing the same team over and over again and just beating ’em. I gotta win the fight and then we’ll have a real competitive rivalry.

Q. Is it hard not to let the magnitude of the event distract you while your preparing for this fight?

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It’s not hard because it’s so big, but right now I’ve got a foot in Las Vegas ready to defend my title at the T-Moble Arena for UFC 200, July 9 live on Pay Per View — biggest UFC of all time — and I’ve got a foot in Madison Square Garden. Because I’m gonna beat him on July 9 and I’m gonna go to New York City and I’m gonna beat him again at home. So yeah, I’m not looking past it but I’ve got a foot in Madison Square Garden looking at that event like: this is where I finish our trilogy and this is where I vanquish him for all time.

Q. I’m gonna ask you to put on your blazer and do a little analysis for me. Aside from your fight which UFC 200 bout do you find the most intriguing?

Brock Lesner. Come on Brock Lesner is fighting at UFC 200. He hasn’t fought for five years, been with the WWE. It’s almost like the WWE can build him into such a monster that when he comes back to the UFC it’s like the line is so blurred. It’s like “Wow is he just gonna start suplexing guys all over the Octagon.”(laughs) UFC 200 Live Stream Free

But how about Cain Velaquez vs. Travis Browne OPENING the Pay Per View..It’s the greatest card of all time. I’m excited about those two. I loved Aldo vs. Edgar, the first fight was sick. And Meisha Tate-Amanda Nunes…. Nunes… she is a tough tough woman. We got some scraps coming I can’t wait.

Q. So I have to ask, when do you think Ronda Rousey is coming back?

UFC won’t like hearing this, but as a realest I don’t know if she will. I think that that loss did a number on her mentally and I don’t know if she’ll bounce back from that.

Source: http://www.nola.com/

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UFC 200: Mark Hunt eyes rematch with Junior dos Santos

UFC 200: AUSSIE power puncher Mark Hunt is preparing to jet to the US as he banks on a potential heavyweight showdown at UFC 200.

Hunt, who has returned to training on the Gold Coast, has revealed he is targeting a rematch with Junior dos Santos for the blockbuster card on July 10.

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As the promotion builds a mouth-watering weekend of bouts as part of International Fight Week, the New Zealand-born “Super Samoan” has been told by UFC president Dana White to stay in shape. UFC 200 Fight Pass

“I’m still waiting on word but it should be not far away at all,” Hunt said of a possible appearance at UFC 200.

“I can’t tell you much more. I was talking to Dana the other day but that’s all I know.

“Maybe is all I can say. I was trying to get on the New York card (UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden), but we’ll see what happens.The historic Las Vegas card already boasts the top-five heavyweight bout between Cain Velasquez and Travis Browne but Hunt remains on “standby”.

“I’ve just started training in the Gold Coast and I’m just tossing up whether to set up camp in Vegas,” Hunt said.

“Not knowing whether there’s a fight or not … it’s just one of those things where I have to keep training.
“I’ll probably set up camp in America, have two weeks sparring and Bob’s your uncle.

“I’m just the fill in guy at the moment.”

Hunt will happily take on any of the top-five contenders — Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Overeem, dos Santos and Ben Rothwell — as he bids for a title shot with new champ Stipe Miocic but he is eager to avenge his loss at UFC 160 in 2013.

“I’ve already asked Dana if I can fight JDS,” Hunt said.

“I’ve asked for all of them. I’ve lost to all of those guys (above me) except for Ben Rothwell and of course I’m salty about the loss to Stipe because he gave over a hiding over five rounds.

“It doesn’t sit well with me and a rematch is never the same for me … with anyone.

“I’ve asked the boss and I’m just waiting on a reply … that’s all.”

Hunt, 42, admitted the loss to Miocic at UFC Fight Night Adelaide last May continues to cut deep, given the Croatian-born American used his victory to launch to a UFC championship.

“To be honest, I’m happy for Stipe and it wasn’t my turn,” Hunt said.

“I made the wrong decisions, I made the wrong calls and I didn’t cut weight right. It was nothing to do with Stipe, he did the right things and that’s why he’s the champion.

“That’s my fault. I made the mistakes and it’s up to me to make the right choices.

“I’ve gone back to the drawing back and I’m coming to get that title. I do think I can beat him, of course, and I feel I can beat anybody.

“It’s great to see the title change hands all the time, there’s never one dominant fighter, and it’s going to be my time soon.”

Having strung back-to-back victories and climbed to No. 8 on the heavyweight rankings, Hunt believes he’s in the form of his life.

“I’m getting a lot better,” he said.

“When I first started I didn’t have all that experience, but now it’s the other way around.

“Having all this experience makes training a lot easier, and knowing that I can beat any of these guys at the top end is a plus for me.”

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au

Industry Expert Makes Massive Claim Regarding Conor McGregor And UFC 200

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has dropped a potential bomshell regarding Conor McGregor’s UFC 200 fight.

First up for McGregor is a lightweight title bout at UFC 196 with Rafael dos Anjos – which represents probably the only run of consecutive title fights at different weights in the promotion’s history.

Both the Irishman himself and his coach John Kavanagh have raised the possibility of a welterweight title charge at some stage during his career.

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“I’ve said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question”, Kavanagh wrote on the42.ie.

“One of Conor’s main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we’re preparing to go for a third belt a year from now.”

If such a sensational move were to happen, it was expected to occur in 2017, or perhaps the end of this this as per Kavanagh’s blog post.

Writing in his latest Observer newsletter though, wrestling and MMA insider Dave Meltzer claims that:

“There’s a ton of news regarding big names fights over the next few months. If Conor McGregor beats Rafael dos Anjos, he’s going to push for a fight with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 200.”A previous statement from the man himself claimed that he was expecting to sign a nine-figure contract with the company – an unprecedented claim in the sport, let alone the UFC.

While now the biggest draw in the game, McGregor has made it known that he doesn’t plan on sticking around forever, so an attempt to fast-track his ‘domination’ of the game by asking for a 170lb. fight isn’t as unfeasible as it once seemed.

Of course, it would require a monumental performance against the tough Dos Anjos to set up the clash.

All of this begs the question as to whether Conor McGregor has enough pull within the company to successfully clamour for a third straight title fight at three different weight classes. A showdown with ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler though would certainly justify main-eventing what’s sure to be the company’s biggest ever show.

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