Friday, July 8, 2016

Why You Should Still Watch UFC 200

            Jon Jones faced an unfortunate fate yesterday when he was pulled from UFC 200's main event with Daniel Cormier due to a potential anti-doping violation. This puts a damper on a stacked card and will impact the pay-per-view buys that the UFC will get this weekend. Considering that Conor McGregor won't be in the card, this'll make things worse. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have one of UFC's most intense rivalries and a terrific storyline.
            So why should you pay your hard-earned money to watch an event that doesn't feature one of the best UFC fighters of all-time (and McGregor)? Here are five reasons why:

  1. The Return of Brock Lesnar: Lesnar (5-3) makes his UFC return after going back to the WWE. The former heavyweight champion will fight for the first time since 2011 as he'll face Mark Hunt (12-10-1). How will Lesnar look with all the time he's had off from the octagon?
  2. Miesha Tate's Title Fight: Granted, she isn't fighting Ronda Rousey for the Women's Bantamweight title. But Dana White and UFC believe that Tate (18-5) deserves the main event status. It'll be her job to show that she's worthy of being in the main event as she'll try to dispose of Amanda Nunes (12-4) and retain her title.
  3. Jon Jones's Replacement for the Cormier Fight: It's none other than Anderson Silva (33-7), who last fought Michael Bisping in February. The fight will be three rounds since Silva's fighting on two day's notice. However, having "The Spider" replace Jones isn't bad and should make for a pretty solid bout.
  4. The Featherweight Championship Bout: If you're looking for another fight to get hyped up about, look no further. Frankie Edgar (20-4-1) will face Jose Aldo (25-2) for the Men's Featherweight title in a fight featuring two big names. Aldo's been involved in fights with McGregor and Edgar is looking for revenge against Aldo after losing their 2013 fight by unanimous decision.
  5. Sage Northcutt: The upstart Northcutt (7-1) looks to solidify his standing as a threat in the UFC as he takes on Enrique Martin (8-3). Northcutt is one of UFC's up-and-coming fighters and should be a star in the future. 

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