We are now under a month away from the biggest and most spectacular UFC event in history, UFC 200. The entire main card of UFC 200 is made up of fights that could on their own be headlining fights, which is a testament to just how strong this card is. Here I will break down and take a closer look at some of the biggest fights on the card.
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
This is the much anticipate rematch that many people are overlooking on this card. Not only is this an amazing fight, it is also for the interim featherweight championship as Conor Mcgregor is once again fighting Nate Diaz at Welterweight at UFC 202. In his most recent outing, Aldo lost for the first time in his UFC career as he was knocked out by Mcgregor in 13 seconds and is hungrier than ever to regain the gold and prove he is still the best. Despite losing the first fight to Aldo, Frankie Edgar has been on an absolute tear, winning his last 5 fights against top level talent, and is eager for another shot at Aldo.
This fight will all be about seeing how Aldo responds after the worst loss of his career and if Edgar can continue his streak of using his cardio, speed and pressure to overwhelm his opponents.
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
This was without a doubt the biggest surprise on the card and is the reason why it might break the all-time PPV record for a UFC card. Brock Lesnar hasn’t stepped inside a UFC cage since 2011, but when he was in the sport, he was its biggest star by quite a wide margin. In his return fight, the UFC didn’t give him a cupcake fight, instead, they matched him out with perhaps the hardest puncher in all the UFC, Mark Hunt.
This fight is the prototypical striker vs. grappler battle and if it stays standing, it will likely end in a brilliant Mark Hunt KO. But if Lesnar can get Mark Hunt down throughout the fight, he will likely have his first UFC win in over 6 years.
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones
After Jose Aldo vs. Nate Diaz 2 was scrapped from this card, they needed a new headliner, and they got this in the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship. This rivalry is one of the fiercest in MMA history with a ton of bad blood between the two. Jones won the first matchup, but Daniel Cormier has been on an absolute tear since and has won his last two fights against to of the best in the division.
Many are thinking Jones is simply too athletic and talented to lose and while I agree that he will win, Cormier has the potential to shock some people here and I believe it will be a closer fight than their first. If Cormier can close the distance and get inside on Jones, he could very well walk out of the cage with the title belt around his waist.