Who Will Headline UFC 200?
It’s only March, but UFC 200 is dominating its fair share of headlines. UFC 200 will take place on July 9th, 2016 at the brand new T-Moble Arena in Las Vegas. No fight card has been announced yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start speculating. Whoever ends up on the card, one thing’s for sure: UFC 200 will be a historic event.
UFC 100 was the most bought UFC pay-per-view ever, peaking at 1.6 million buys. However, the event was even more memorable because of the fights involved. The fight card was headlined by a rematch between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir for the heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight belt against Thiago Alves. Expect UFC 200 to try to surpass it in every way possible.
UFC 200: Diaz vs McGreggor Part 2
Until the card is finally made, the speculation surrounding who will be on UFC 200 will be rampant. There’s no shortage of fights to make and storylines to build, and this is the time where there will be the most eyeballs on the company. After UFC 196 sold over 1.5 million pay-per-views, there’s a good chance UFC 200 will blow that figure out of the water. There will be lots of new fans to the sport and the UFC will want to leave a lasting impression that they will keep coming back. As such, these are the 10 fights that will generate the most buzz between both casual fans and hardcore fans.
Leading candidate for the main event of UFC 200 is the rematch between Nate Diaz and Connor McGregor. If McGregor faces Diaz at welterweight for a second time at UFC 200, the featherweight title goes on hold once again while the promotion looks at a super-fight rematch to headline the biggest card of the year. Both Frankie Edgar and former champion Jose Aldo were rumored as McGregor’s next opponents, but it appears the UFC has opted to go a different direction with the Diaz rematch instead.
Cain Velasquez Returns, CM Punk Debut
A fight between Cain Velasquez and Travis Browne is reported to be in the works for UFC 200. Velasquez is a top heavyweight contender, and he deserves to fight the best in the division. After those two fights, it’s too soon to figure out what the rest of UFC 200 will look like. CM Punk most likely will debut at UFC 200. After months of setbacks, Punk is finally ready to go this summer.
The Return of Rafael dos Anjos
A broken foot sidelined the UFC lightweight champion for his supposed-title defense against Conor McGregor. However, dos Anjos will be back by July and will most likely defend his title against No. 1 contender Eddie Alvarez in UFC 200.
Holly Holm Wants to Get Back on Track
Holly Holm wants to forget about her loss in UFC 196 and get back on track for another shot at the title. But she has to hurdle Amanda Nunes first before thinking of reclaiming her title belt. However, if Ronda Rousey is ready by July then it’s going to be the third fight between the former champion and Meisha Tate. With Ronda being so busy with Hollywood, most expect Ronda to return to the octagon in November.