All the buzz around UFC has been on whether or not the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will take place at UFC 200. Nearly everyone was saying, “it would, it wouldn’t, it’s a publicity stunt, this is just for ratings, it will happen.” Well, it’s not happening, at least not at 200.
Luckily for us, Jon Jones beat OVP in what was probably one of the most uneventful fights in the history of people fighting each other. Jones won without breaking his body down and without injury, so he’s good to go. Now, we finally get to see Jones fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. Enough talk about UFC 200, we can talk all about that in a couple months. Instead, let’s talk about the endless, awesome UFC there is to be had before the UFC 200 date.
First up, Sunday, May 8. A heavyweight battle between Alistar Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. Overeem is an absolute war beast of a man and is a much watch, especially considering it’s a free fight on FS1. Here is a battle from a few years back, Overeem vs the legend of Brock Lesnar.
I actually bet on Brock in this fight, still pretty bitter about it.
Next up, UFC 198, yes, that’s correct, there is a 198 and even a 199 before 200. Now that your mind is blown, here’s who’s fighting: Titleholder Fabrico Werdum takes on challenger Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight championship. Also fighting that night is Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall. This will be the second time Silva has fought since his retirement. Here is a throwback battle between Werdum and Cain Valasquez.
UFC 199’s headliner is the World Middleweight Championship between titleholder Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman. 199 also consists of the World Bantamweight Championship between title holder Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. This will be Dominick Cruz’s first title defense; he took the title back in January when he defeated TJ Dillashaw at Boston’s TD Garden.
Other big fight nights coming up are on June 18 and July 7. June 18 Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone fights Patrick Cote. I find Cowboy Cerrone to be one of the most entertaining people in the UFC, he also was very close to getting the call that Nate Diaz got to fight McGregor when Rafael Dos Anjos got hurt. Speaking of Rafael Dos Anjos, he is finally fighting July 7th to defend his Lightweight belt against Eddie Alvarez.
Now, I always said that Dos Anjos would be McGregor’s toughest fight. Dos Anjos is a savage. Now Conor McGregor got choked out in the third round against Nate Diaz, and could not even go the full five rounds with Diaz. On the other hand Dos Anjos absolutely dominated Nate Diaz when they fought, Completely owned all three rounds, perhaps it was best for Conor that he didn’t go against Dos Anjos just yet.
Botton line, UFC 200 is not the only UFC event you can get excited about. With the UFC, anything can happen, so its always a show, enjoy.