UFC 200. That’s all we really need to say to get UFC fans pumped up. We’ve been looking forward to this event for what seems like forever. We knew that UFC 200 would be good, but we didn’t know it would be THIS good. The matchups lined up are absolutely insane and will likely have all of our hearts racing. From intense rematches to first-time title defenses, we are ready to see what UFC 200 is going to bring.
But until then, we will just sit back and make predictions.
Cormier vs. Jones
The Cormier vs. Jones fight is easily the most-anticipated event of UFC 200. After Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 197, we were left rather disappointed considering this is one of the best rivalries in the UFC. The bad blood between the champ and former champ is nothing short of entertaining and makes the upcoming bout even more sweet than it already is.
Back in March, we made predictions regarding Cormier vs. Jones for UFC 197, and even though the bout did not occur, our thoughts are still the same. In fact, we lean even more towards Jon Jones than we did before. His fight against Ovince Saint Preux demonstrated what we’ve expected all along. Even though his pace was a little slower than normal, he has bounced back as this complete animal, looking for his next victim to devour. In this case, that victim will be Daniel Cormier.
It will not be an easy win, though. We expect this fight to go all five rounds. We know both fighters can go the distance, and we don’t expect either to let up whatsoever. In the end though, Jones has all the weapons, and he’s ready to fire them.
Our prediction: Jon Jones via Unanimous Decision
Lesnar vs. Hunt
The Beast Incarnate is back. Brock Lesnar has been granted a “one-off opportunity” to take a break from WWE to return to the cage at UFC 200. What’s even greater is his opponent is fan-favorite Mark Hunt. Talk about an intriguing matchup.
Hunt is one powerful puncher, and I don’t think anyone would like to be on the other side of his fist. He relies on his toughness and striking to get the job done. Lesnar is like 265 pounds of meat, whose wins comes from his athleticism and wrestling. If he gets Hunt on the ground, it’s over. If Hunt stays standing though, Lesnar is done.
The odds really seem about even for both fighters, but we think Hunt will get the job done. Regardless of the outcome, we expect this fight to go all five rounds.
Our Prediction: Hunt via Decision
Tate vs. Nunes
Miesha Tate surprised UFC fans with her last-round submission of Holly Holm at UFC 196, and now she’s wasting no time defending her title. Her first defense will come against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Nunes has been a standout in the bantamweight division for several years, although struggling against some of the top fighters in the division. However, she’s widely-respected for her talent and athleticism, making her a worthwhile opponent for Tate.
It’s difficult to predict the winner of the bout due to the inconsistencies stemming from both fighters. They’ve each had their moments of glory, but they’ve also had their moments that could make us swing either way. With Tate, we can point to her fantastic wresting, ability to go the distance and her drive to fight until her dying breath. She has the heart of a champion. Nunes is also a fighter, but her best comes right from the starting gate. Take her five rounds, and she will likely start to lag. Nunes is probably the more powerful fighter, so if she can jump on Tate right from the start, it could be over really quickly. All-in-all, though, we see a win for Tate.
Our Prediction: Tate via Submission
Aldo vs. Edgar
This fight is going to be one heck of a fight. With his vicious striking and solid takedown defense, Jose Aldo is one of the best fighters in the UFC – even with his most recent devastating loss to Conor McGregor. On the other hand, Frankie Edgar doesn’t necessarily stand out in one particular category; instead, he’s very well-rounded and is known for having heart and willpower.
We are still waiting to see if McGregor will return back to the division, but for now, Aldo and Edgar will be battling it out for the “interim” featherweight title. The two previously fought in 2013 and went all five rounds, with Aldo claiming the belt via unanimous decision. It’s possible that we could see a repeat of this at UFC 200, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Aldo ended it beforehand. Aldo has the knockout power needed to end Edgar as early as the third round.
Our Prediction: Aldo via Knockout
UFC® 200: Be. There.
I am not trying to tell you what to do, but at the same time, you need to go to UFC 200. You already know the matchups, and you know they are going to be intense, so what’s stopping you? Not only can you get incredible seats near the Octagon, but you can also enjoy VIP hospitality, meet fighters and take photos in the Octagon with the Championship Belt. It’s a win all the way around. See you in Vegas!