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


(Meh. via Getty)

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.

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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.

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Jon Jones Flagged With USADA Violation, Pulled From UFC 200 [UPDATED]


(Dana White breaks the news of Jones’ violation, via MMAJunkie)

Un. F*cking. Believable.

That’s pretty much the only way to sum it up, Nation. Just three days out from his rematch with Daniel Cormier — aka the most anticipated main event on the most anticipated fight card of the year — Jon Jones has been flagged with a potential USADA anti-doping violation and pulled from UFC 200.

Even when we’re preparing ourselves for the worst possible scenarios, it seems that MMA finds a way to somehow screw things up even worse. What a sport this is.

After the jump: Daniel Cormier reacts to Jones’ removal.

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Anti-Jinxing UFC 200

By Asaph Bitner 

One of the best on-paper and most hyped MMA cards in memory is fast approaching, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch. And as everyone raises their hopes for what they wish will be a transcendent celebration of civilized violence at UFC 200 this weekend, we pessimists of this lovely sport start to ready our cringe faces.

But what if we could prepare ourselves for the worst? Soften the 4-ounce-gloved blow to our souls that the MMA gods are sure to deliver in their infinite, cruel, brawlability?

Well, here’s your pre-gut-punch padding, dear readers: a fight-by-fight breakdown of all the ways in which the gourmet chicken salad that is UFC 200 could turn into a total chicken s**t-show.

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Friday Link Dump: Jacare Souza Calls Out GSP, The 200 Biggest Moments in UFC History + More


(The UFC 200 press conference call, via Submission Radio.)

Hunt: ‘Lesnar’s Been Juicing His Whole Career’ (Bloody Elbow)

‘Jacare’ Souza Calls George St. Pierre a ‘Chicken’, Vows to Break His Neck if He Moves Up to Middleweight (MMAFighting)

Cody Garbrandt Faces Takeya Mizugaki at August’s UFC 202 (MMAJunkie)

Ranking the 200 Biggest Moments in UFC History (Bleacher Report)

12 People In MMA Who Outraged Dana White (Low Kick)

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BREAKING: Brock Lesnar Returns, Faces MARK F*CKING HUNT at UFC 200

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(That moment when you realize you just agreed to fight the face-punchiest fighter on the planet, but don’t like to get punched in the face.)

We’ll have our full recap of UFC 199 up shortly, but before we do, let’s get right into a few of the biggest non-fight highlights of the night. Firstly, it was announced on Saturday that, after a fake retirement, a cancelled fight, and a series of brutal negotiations, the welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will be going down for realsies at UFC 202 in August. Apparently all Diaz needed to make the fight happen was to literally smack The Baldfather like a bitch, which to Dana’s credit, he agreed to.

Easily more shocking than the announcement of McGregor-Diaz II, however, was the reveal that former WWE superstar-turned-UFC-heavyweight-champion-turned-current-WWE-superstar Brock Lesnar would be making his return to the UFC at UFC 200, 100 events after he first defended his title against Frank Mir in brutal fashion, to take on a TBD opponent.

This morning, Lesnar appeared on Sportscenter to announce who exactly that opponent would be, and if you have the type of incredibly specific dyslexia that prevents you from reading headlines, then head below to get the scoop.

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Conor McGregor Tweeted Some Things, And Some People Had Some Thoughts on Them


(From El Chapo to Phoebe Buffay, my oh my how Conor’s impression game has fallen.)

It’s funny how much of quote unquote “modern journalism” and/or blogging has become based around sh*t we read on social media, isn’t it? A basketball player throws some shade at another basketball player? We write an article about it. An actor gives an incredibly vague update about a potential project? We write about that, too. Hell, we have at least three pages of archives devoted to Twitter beefs between fighters, for Christ’s sake. Twitter and Facebook are practically the hands that feed us nowadays.

No fighter seems to be more aware of this fact than Conor McGregor. The man damn near shattered the MMA blogosphere with a single tweet, pulled a Jon Snow and came back from the dead with a Facebook post, and then tried to force his way back onto the UFC 200 card with another Tweet, and each time, no less than a thousand articles were devoted to him for doing so.

So when the featherweight champion began tweeting up a storm earlier today, we pretty much knew that the best course of action would be to just sit back and wait for the storm to pass, then round them up and put them in the ONE place you could check them all out (other than, you know, his Twitter). So with that in mind, head after the jump to see what McGregor had to say about stuff and also things.

Shut up, you know you’re gonna.

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Friday Link Dump: Diego Brandao Gets the Boot, Times Dana White Went Ballistic, Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms + More


(UFC 200 Embedded, episode 2. Check out episode 1 here.)

UFC Released Diego Brandao Following Assault and Battery Charges (BloodyElbow)

Scott Coker on Dada 5000: ‘We did everything we could’ to Evaluate Him (MMAFighting)

Boy Among Men: A 15-year-old Gets His Night in the Cage on the Fringes of MMA (MMAJunkie)

Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey Are Responsible for the UFC’s Resurgence
(Bleacher Report)

10 Times Dana White Went Absolutely Ballistic (Low Kick)

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UFC 200 Just Booked Its New Main Event, And It’s Exactly What You Think It Is


(“You think I’m just going to let you steal Conor McGregor’s spotlight, Jon?”)

With the whole Conor McGregor fiasco now behind us, the question of who exactly would headline UFC 200 in his place has become a somewhat pressing matter for The Baldfather and company. We may still be some three months out from UFC 200, but when discussing the reasons why McGregor was pulled from the event, Dana White was adamant that the promotion’s 10 million dollar promotional schedule had absolutely zero room for leeway. By that logic, the UFC would need to announce a new main event ASAP or risk eating that $10 million.

When it came down to it, there was only one non-McGregor fight worthy of headlining an event as monumental as UFC 200: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II. The former was fresh off a win over Ovince St. Preux last weekend and the latter still hates him with the fire of a thousand suns (not to mention, has his belt), but with Jones potentially out six months due to a foot injury, it seemed like the UFC would once again have to scramble to find a suitable main event.

Thankfully, it has, and it’s exactly the fight you think it is.

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Friday Link Dump: Watch The UFC 200 Press Conference LIVE, Greatest Jon Jones Moments, Surprising Presidential Celebrity Pals + More

Preview: 1st ‘Last Chance’ Olympic Wrestling Qualifying Tournament (Bloody Elbow)

In Conor McGregor’s Catfight with the UFC, There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around (Bleacher Report)

Evangelista Santos: From Cockfighting to Bellator (MMAFighting)

To Interim, or Not to Interim? That is the Question, and UFC fighters are Torn (MMAJunkie)

The Nine Greatest Jon Jones Moments (Low Kick)

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