UFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes
UFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes – Preliminary Fights
UFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes – Main Event
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UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on July 9, 2016, at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
It was the final UFC event under Zuffa ownership, which began in January 2001. The company subsequently announced its sale to WME-IMG, an American talent agency with offices in Beverly Hills.
The event was the first that the organization has hosted at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016. It took place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week and marked the second time the UFC hosted three events in consecutive days.
A welterweight rematch between The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz and current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was originally expected to headline the event.The pairing previously met earlier in the year at UFC 196. McGregor was expected to challenge UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos, but dos Anjos pulled out due to a broken foot only 11 days before the event. Diaz eventually replaced him and the bout was shifted to the welterweight division. Diaz won the fight via rear-naked choke in the second round.
On April 19, after McGregor tweeted a supposed retirement, the UFC announced that he was pulled from the event and a replacement for him was being sought. UFC President Dana White clarified that McGregor’s removal was related to his refusal to come to a press conference that week, because “he was in Iceland training and didn’t want to ruin his preparation for the fight”. McGregor released a statement two days later, claiming he was not retired and that he requested the UFC to allow him to focus more on the fight preparation this time, as he felt he lost his focus during the media obligations for the previous fight. He then stated that he was ready for the event and would come for a scheduled New York press conference, but if that’s not enough, he “doesn’t know what to say”. A report later claimed that the UFC decided to cancel the fight indeed, in what was rumored to be a $10 million paycheck for McGregor.
On April 27, the UFC officially announced the new headliner as a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship unification rematch between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones, who is also the current interim champion. The pairing met previously at UFC 182 in January 2015 with Jones defending his title via unanimous decision. Subsequent to that victory, Jones was stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely from the UFC in connection with a hit-and-run incident that he was involved in. Cormier replaced him and went on to defeat Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to win the vacant title. Their rematch was originally expected to take place at UFC 197, but Cormier pulled out three weeks before the event due to injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, in what became an interim title bout. Jones went on to defeat Saint Preux by unanimous decision and won the interim title.
The event suffered another major hit only three days before it happened, as it was announced that Jones was pulled out by USADA due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16. Cormier declared he would still fight if an opponent brought to him “made sense”. Additional information on Jones’ situation will be provided as the process moves forward. A day later Jones apologized for the incident, but denied knowingly taking any illegal substance. He and his manager also declined to specify the substance that resulted in the failed test. His “B” sample also came positive for the same substances and Jones’ faces a potential two-year suspension.
During the UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez broadcast, it was announced that former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva would replace Jones on less than two days notice and face Cormier in a three-round non-title light heavyweight bout.
Due to those major changes, the already scheduled UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout between then champion Miesha Tate and top contender Amanda Nunes was revealed as the new main event.
On June 4, a few hours before the UFC 199 event, MMAFighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani broke the news that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was close to finalizing deal to return at this event, despite being active in the WWE. The UFC confirmed the report, via a teaser video clip on the UFC 199 main card broadcast. However, Helwani’s news scoop earned him a prompt physical ejection from the event venue and a lifetime ban from covering future UFC live events. The organization faced a major backlash from the media community as well as fans, before reinstating Helwani’s media credentials. They also stated that it was their belief “recurring tactics used” by Helwani “extended beyond the purpose of journalism”, a statement that MMAFighting.com disagreed with.
Lesnar faced the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former interim title contender Mark Hunt. Due to Jones’ removal from the card, this bout was briefly promoted as the new main event. However, after the Tate-Nunes bout was announced as the new headliner, Lesnar-Hunt was once again confirmed as the co-main event. Lesnar also headlined UFC 100 and with Jones’ absence, he and Jim Miller remained as the only two fighters to compete at both milestone events.
Due to McGregor’s experiments outside of his division, an interim UFC Featherweight Championship bout between former champion José Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar took place at this event. It was a rematch, as Aldo previously defended his title against Edgar at UFC 156 in 2013 via unanimous decision.
The main card opened with a heavyweight bout between former two-time champion Cain Velasquez and Travis Browne.
The featured bout of the preliminary card was a women’s bantamweight contest between former title challenger Cat Zingano and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate winner Julianna Peña. A few other bouts were also part of the Fox Sports 1 televised prelims:
- a welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen winner Kelvin Gastelum.
- a bantamweight rematch between former UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw and Raphael Assunção. The pairing first met at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields in October 2013, when Assunção won a close bout via split decision.
- Opening that portion of the event in the lightweight division was a bout between Sage Northcutt and Enrique Marín.
A lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner and former lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez was originally booked for UFC 180. However, the bout was cancelled due to both fighters being injured. The fight was later rescheduled for this event and headlined the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card.
A middleweight bout between former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi and Derek Brunson was expected to take place at the event, but on June 19 it was announced that Brunson pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Thiago Santos.
UFC 200 Results SPOILER
|Women’s Bantamweight||Amanda Nunes||def.||Miesha Tate (c)||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:16||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Brock Lesnar||def.||Mark Hunt||Decision (unanimous) (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Daniel Cormier (c)||def.||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)||3||5:00||[b]|
|Featherweight||José Aldo||def.||Frankie Edgar||Decision (unanimous) (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)||5||5:00||[c]|
|Heavyweight||Cain Velasquez||def.||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||1||4:57|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Women’s Bantamweight||Julianna Peña||def.||Cat Zingano||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (171.25 lbs)||Kelvin Gastelum||def.||Johny Hendricks||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||T.J. Dillashaw||def.||Raphael Assunção||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Sage Northcutt||def.||Enrique Marín||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Joe Lauzon||def.||Diego Sanchez||TKO (punches)||1||1:26|
|Middleweight||Gegard Mousasi||def.||Thiago Santos||TKO (punches)||1||4:32|
|Lightweight||Jim Miller||def.||Takanori Gomi||TKO (punches)||1||2:18|