The historic UFC 200 show was full of highlights as we saw the return of multiple legends to the cage. While the action wasn’t as intense as hoped, the card still delivered with historic moments that will shape the UFC for years to come. Brock is back, Cormier is dominant, Aldo vs. McGregor 2 is going to happen sooner than later, and we have a new women’s bantamweight champ in Amanda Nunes with Ronda possibly waiting in the wings. Anderson Silva also enjoys life, even if he’s getting his head pounded in.
—Amanda Nunes def. Miesha Tate via submission (round 1). Nunes popped Miesha early with crisp strikes until the bloodied champ had her back taken and got the submission locked in.
—Brock Lesnar def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision. It was a Brock fight, and he was all over Hunt with the tenacity that he probably has when he’s eating a steak. It was pretty one-sided.
—Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision. Like Lesnar/Hunt, this was all Cormier despite flashes of brilliance from Anderson late. You can see the full results (and Anderson’s deformed nose) here.
—José Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision. This was a brilliant performance by Jose Aldo, who looked revitalized and hungry. He stopped Frankie at every pass. Check out the replays here.
—Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne via TKO round 1. This looked like classic Cain. Check out the replay of the destruction.
We bounced over to Fox Sports 1 for the next leg of the Mega-Card™, with a solid collection of action shaping quite a few divisions. It wasn’t quite as hard-hitting as the Fight Pass prelims, but hey — we’re all having fun here.
—Julianna Peña def. Cat Zingano via unanimous decision. Cat looked good to start, with strong takedowns and solid knees, but she faded as the fight went on. Peña has situated herself for a title shot in the near future. Peña vs. Nunes, please.
— Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision. Gastelum was quicker and more accurate than the former champ, and it got him the biggest win of his career. Hendricks is now 2-4 since losing to Georges St-Pierre.
—T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assunção via unanimous decision. This puts the Dillashaw/Assuncão series 1-1. I’m down to watch them fight a third time. Post-fight, Dillashaw called out Dominick Cruz for a bantamweight title fight rematch. Let’s make that happen, Dana.
—Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marín via unanimous decision. No one can deny the heart of Northcutt. Some fans love him, some loathe him, but you can’t deny that the kid is a fighter. He pulled a Dan Hardy/GSP UFC 100 moment by not tapping to this tight armbar, and he rallied in the third to pull off the tough win.
Fight Pass Prelims
The prelims kicked off UFC 200 with the appropriate amount of violence, with three first round stoppages gracing our Fight Pass by the will of the MMA Gods. Yes.
—Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez TKO (round 1). It only took 86 seconds for Lauzon to brutally pick apart Sanchez until the ref (thankfully) stepped in to stop the fight. Sanchez is too tough for his own good, going into zombie mode early and taking everything Lauzon had while still throwing what he could between stumbles. The ref should’ve stopped this way earlier.
—Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago Santos TKO (round 1). A classic Mousasi performance against Santos, a legitimate tough guy. Pure domination.
—Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi TKO (round 1). Gomi needs to retire. Please. I don’t even know.