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UFC 200 Results/Highlights: Nunes Obliterates Tate, Lesnar Tops Hunt in Underwhelming Night of Fights

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There were a lot of ways that UFC 200 could have gone wrong, and for a minute there, it seemed as if at least a few of them were destined to be realized. The one thing we failed to overlook in all of the lead-up to the quote unquote biggest card in UFC history, however, was that the fights themselves would be what left us underwhelmed when all was said and done.

And yet, here we are. Despite being stacked with recognizable talent and solid matchups from top to bottom, UFC 200 simply fell flat for the most part, ending the Zuffa Era™ with a faint whisper instead of the triumphant bang that we were all expecting.


With Jones Out, Anderson Silva vs. Daniel Cormier Booked for UFC 200

When Jon Jones was pulled from his UFC 200 headliner against Daniel Cormier yesterday, there were more than a few fighters willing to step up and face the last-second challenge. Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi…I think Conor McGregor threw his name in there at one point…the point is, it looked as if Cormier was going to get that big payday after all.

One name we didn’t expected to see pop on the list of potential contenders, however, was Anderson Silva. He’s a natural middleweight for starters (though he has moved up to light heavy on a few occasions), and until recently, was expected to face Uriah Hall at UFC 198 until gallbladder surgery forced him out. Then again, UFC 200 is about pulling off all the stops, and with all due respect to the other names on that list, they are GARBAGE PEOPLE when compared to Silva.

So now, following reports from both Globo and TMZ, it looks like Silva vs. Cormier will in fact be going down this weekend after all.


Injury Roundup: Anderson Silva Out of UFC 198, Dennis Siver Pulled From BJ Penn Fight [UPDATED]

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UFC 198 has just taken a HUGE hit, Nation.

Following his “controversial” decision loss to Michael Bisping at Fight Night 84 in February, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva was booked in a quick turnaround match against Uriah Hall at UFC 198 this weekend. It was an odd, if intriguing matchup from a fan’s perspective, and one that presented an opportunity for two of the UFC’s flashiest strikers to secure a much-needed win.

But now, just three days out from their scheduled meeting, Anderson Silva has been forced off of UFC 198 with one of the more unusual injuries to hit the headlines this year.

Details after the jump.


Friday Link Dump: Fight Night 85 Weigh-Ins, A Slew of High-Level Fights Booked, Stripper Work Confessions + More

(The Fight Night: Brisbane weigh-ins kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall Booked for UFC 198 (Instagram)

Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson Targeted for UFC 200 (BloodyElbow)

Renan Barao Jumps Up to Featherweight to Fight Jeremy Stephens (MMAWeekly)

Matt Mitrione Signs With Bellator, Says Promotion Has “An Air of Sincerity” Not Present in UFC (Sherdog)


Michael Bisping Defeated Anderson Silva in a Bizarre, Back-and-Forth UFN 84 Main Event

(We promise, this photo is only misleading if you haven’t seen the fight yet. Or if you happen to be Anderson Silva. via Getty.)

It’s crazy to think that a showdown between two of the UFC’s longest-standing and most well known middleweights went almost completely uncovered in the wake of UFC 196′s main event switcheroo, but that’s exactly what happened with Fight Night 84. The power of Mystic Mac truly knows no bounds.

Fortunately for those of us who turned in, Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping turned out to be one of the more bizarre main eventers in promotional history — right up there with “Silva vs. Diaz” or “Silva vs. Leites” or… well, you get the point. It was a fight that showed both Bisping’s unexpected, late-career resurgence, a former champion’s steady decline, and depending on who you ask, the continued incompetence of MMA judges and the scoring system in general, so head below for all the details and highlights.


Reebok’s Latest Shirt Snafu Is A Magnum Opus of Incompetence

(This isn’t the shirt in question, but still, just look at this goddamn thing. Larry the Cable Guy wouldn’t be caught dead in this mess.)

At this point in the Reebok-UFC partnership, you’d be hard-pressed to convince us that the former *isn’t* trying to intentionally tank the deal through sheer incompetence, ala Springtime for Hitler. You could probably go so far as to say that the company never really wanted to partner with the UFC in the first place, but were simply called a dummy by Dana White so often and so vociferously that they were eventually forced to cave in.

In either case, it would be hard to remember a sports organization-apparel partnership in recent memory that so negatively affected both parties involved. The payouts for the fighters themselves have been abysmal, the outcry on Reebok’s social media pages vociferous (there’s that word again!), and the apparel designs themselves uninspiring at best and shameful at worst.

But if Reebok’s incompetence hadn’t already reached new heights following the much-scorned release/immediate recall of its “Ireland” shirt, they’ve surely done so now with the work of art that awaits you after the jump.


Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort II Reportedly Booked for UFC 197

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When Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort first met in the octagon, the former was an unstoppable, arrogant-bordering-on-cocky champion and the latter was a battle-tested veteran who would supposedly serve as his toughest test to date. They shared many similarities beyond their penchant for knocking people out (they’re both Brazilian!), but when push came to shove, Silva emerged as the clearly superior fighter.

Four years later, Silva has lost his title, broken his leg in the cage, and been popped for PED’s which may or may not have been caused by Thai black market sex pills, while Belfort himself has also lost a title bid and done pretty much everything within his power to deflect criticism from his PED-riddled past. Again, the similarities are striking here, which is perhaps why the two former champions have once again been booked to throw down.

Details after the jump. 


Anderson Silva Suspended For One Year & Fined $380,000 Following the Greatest NSAC Hearing Ever

(“Tell them, she was not empressed wid my performance.”)

Anderson Silva has always been a bit of an odd duck. He’s trolled the MMA media, he’s trolled fighters, and he’s even trolled Steven Seagal into thinking he was a legitimate force in MMA. As every genius is also a bit a loon, Silva’s behaviors in the cage were very much a reflection of his personality outside of it. Wow, that might be the classiest line ever written in an article about erectile disfunction.

The point is, the G.O.A.T’s long-awaited NSAC hearing regarding his positive tests for Drostanolone (among other substances) both before and after UFC 183 took place yesterday, and the only way to describe it would be “the UFC 162 of NSAC hearings.” Silva showed up, clowned around, and took a huge blow to his reputation (not to mention his wallet) by the time all was said and done.

All the details and highlights from this circus are after the jump.


Dethroned: The Top 5 Championship Upsets in UFC History

(Oh, this? Just the face of a man who knows he’s about to be chewed out by the Wheaties people. via Getty.)

By Scott Johnson 

UFC 185 was a very interesting anomaly in the world of MMA, in which two incumbent champions were dethroned by the challengers who were considered underdogs going into the fight. Carla Esparza was only considered a slight favorite heading into her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk so the surprise there was minimal, but there weren’t many people expecting to see Rafael Dos Anjos topple Pretty Tony Pettis. Hell, most of us were already looking forward to Pettis vs. Nurmagomedov, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and now the UFC Lightweight division has a new champion in its mix.

In the spirit of these events, I’ve compiled what I consider to be the top five upsets in UFC championship history. I have no doubts that there will be a difference in opinion as to which fights belong here or which order they should be in, but in the words of the great Oskar Schindler, “Fuck you, it’s my list and I’ll put who I want on it.”


The Myth of the MMA “Super Fight”

By Ryan Anderson

When I was a kid, my favorite video game was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. What I loved most about the game was progressing through the rogue’s gallery of fighters and finally becoming champion, because it was only after you became champion that you got to greatest aspect of Punch-Out: The “Dream Fight” with Iron Mike himself. It was the original superfight before the term superfight ever existed.

The recent announcement of the boxing “Super/Dream Fight” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally happening (albeit 5 years too late) has once again gotten us MMA fans talking about what our equivalent could be, and on top of that, what actually makes a fight a “Super Fight” and not just a big fight, championship fight or other random main event.