On Saturday, July 9, the UFC hosted UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The event was slated to be headlined by a light heavyweight title unification bout between champion Daniel Cormier and the only man to defeat him, interim titleholder Jon Jones. However, just three days before the event, Jones was pulled from the card due to a failed out-of-competition drug test administered by the USADA.
As such, a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Miesha Tate and Brazil’s Amanda Nunes took the top billing. Tate, who claimed the belt with a fifth-round submission of Holly Holm at UFC 196, looked to defend her belt for the first time. Nunes entered the title affair having won three straight.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar squareed off with knockout artist Mark Hunt. The current WWE superstar Lesnar returned to the Octagon for the first time since a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. Hunt, meanwhile, rode the momentum of back-to-back knockouts of Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Also on the main card, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva stepped in on days’ notice to face the aforementioned Cormier in a non-title bout and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo rematched Frankie Edgar with the interim title on the line.
The 12-fight event kicked off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Above are video highlights of the bout between Gastelum and Hendricks (courtesy of the UFC).
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes – for women’s bantamweight title
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi
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