The wait is over, and UFC 200 is here. The most anticipated event in UFC history features one of the most stacked card ever assembled, and after plenty of chopping and changing, the UFC has settled on the Women’s Bantamweight Title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes to headline the event, with the much anticipated Lesnar v Hunt serving as co-headliner.
Miesha Tate v Amanda Nunes
Tate is accustomed to the spotlight, and fighting into the Championship Rounds, whilst Nunes is a relatively unknown who has been thrusted into the headline fight of the biggest card in UFC history. Nunes is susceptible to gassing out as a fight draws on, and has only gone to the third round on three occasions losing twice. Meanwhile, Tate will feel right at home, and managed to take the title in the 5th Round of her battle with Holly Holm. I expect this fight to stay tru to form, with Tate winning be submission in the later rounds.
Predicted Winner: Miesha Tate ($1.38)
Method of Victory: Tate Submission ($2.50) in Round 4 ($15)
Mark Hunt v Brock Lesnar
This is one for the fans. At his height, Brock Lesnar was the biggest force in the UFC. He won the heavyweight title in his third fight with the promotion, and holds the record for the biggest selling Pay Per View in UFC history. Despite not fighting since 2011, his return has everyone buzzing, and his opponent, Mark Hunt, will be looking to make Brock’s return as short lived as possible.
Hunt has arguably the best one punch power in the UFC, and has created a cult following with his ‘Walk Off’ Knock Out (landing a punch and walking away knowing that his opponent won’t be getting back up). Although Lesnar has more ring rust, his wrestling is a huge strength, and if he can get Hunt down to the canvas, look to him to dominate proceedings.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar ($2.35)
Method of Victory: Lesnar KO ($3.75) in Round 2 ($8)
Daniel Cormier v Anderson Silva
Not the fight that we were anticipating, but it isn’t the worst result to have one of the greatest of all time step in on very short notice. Cormier has had a full preparation, albeit for facing Jon Jones, and Silva is coming in fresh off gall bladder surgery and on very short notice. Whilst noble of the ‘Spider’ stepping in for this fight, I don’t see this fight ending well for him.
Predicted Winner: Daniel Cormier ($1.23)
Method of Victory: Cormier by KO in Round 1
Jose Aldo v Frankie Edgar
With Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor moving up in weight once again to avenge his defeat to Nate Diaz, it left the division without an active champion. The UFC acted, by making the #1 contender Jose Aldo face off against #2 Frankie Edgar for an Interim Title, with the winner guaranteed next shot at McGregor. These two have faced off before, with Aldo winning by a reasonably comfortable decision. Edgar claims that he fought Aldo at his absolute best, and is confident that in the rematch, Aldo will be facing Edgar at his peak. Questions remain after Aldo’s 13 second loss to McGregor, but after years of dominance, I don’t see any reason to write him off just yet.
Predicted Winner: Jose Aldo ($1.98)
Method of Victory: Aldo by Decision ($3.50)
Cain Valasquez v Travis Brown
Cain Valasquez v Travis Brown is another fight where the winner could be rewarded with a title shot. Valasquez has been out of the octagon for over a year since he lost his title to Fabricio Werdum, and after a few false starts, is ready to take back the title.
Predicted Winner: Cain Velasquez ($1.32)
Method of Victory: Valasquez by Decision ($4.50)
TJ Dillashaw v Raphael Assuncao
In TJ Dillashaw’s last fight, he lost the Bantamweight title to current Champion Dominick Cruz via split decision. He starts his road back into the title discussion when he faces number 3 ranked Raphael Assuncao, with the winner sure to get next crack at the belt.
Predicted Winner: TJ Dillashaw ($1.22)
Method of Victory: Dillashaw by Decision ($1.85)
Diego Sanchez v Joe Lauzon
Despite only being available only on UFC Fight Pass, Sanchez v Lauzon is potentially the fight of the night. Sanchez has received 6 ‘Fight of the Night’ awards, and Lauzon has 13 ‘Performance of the Night’ awards. Just sit back, enjoy, and hope this one goes the distance.
Bet: ‘Goes the distance’ – YES ($1.50)