Though the road to it was paved with drama, the landmark UFC 200 ultimately delivered as an action-packed card, and one very much deserving of a place in the MMA history books. Here’s how it all went down!
The Main Card:
Amanda Nunes Defeats Miesha Tate to Win Women’s Bantamweight Title
UFC 200’s unlikely main event saw Brazil’s Amanda Nunes score a sizable upset win by submitting a bloodied Miesha Tate to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title. With this dominant, first-round win, Nunes becomes the fourth women’s bantamweight champion in UFC history, and can now look forward to bouts with the likes of Holly Holm, Julianna Peña and perhaps even Ronda Rousey. She’s now 13-4 overall. Tate, on the other hand, has a 5-fight win-streak snapped by this title loss. She’s now 18-6 in sum.
Brock Lesnar Smothers Mark Hunt for Comeback Win
It wasn’t especially pretty, but former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar did what he had to do to emerge victorious in his highly hyped comeback fight. Utilizing his wrestling skill and Octagon shaking strength, the former champ ground his dangerous foe into the canvas for the majority of their three-round affair, culminating with a well-deserved decision win. The victory is Lesnar’s first since a 2010 defeat of Shane Carwin, and it moves him to 6-3 overall. Unfortunately, his current WWE contract means we won’t be seeing him in the Octagon again anytime soon. Hunt, meanwhile, falls to a tough 12-11-1 overall.
Daniel Cormier Wrestles Anderson Silva to Decision
For all Anderson Silva’s accomplishments, he had no answer for the incredible wrestling skill of former Olympian Daniel Cormier, and eventually found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision as a result. With the win, Cormier moves to an incredible 18-1, and will now return to his regular duties as UFC light heavyweight king. Silva, meanwhile, remains winless since 2012, though he can hardly be faulted for this short notice loss. He’s now 33-8.
Jose Aldo Outduels Frankie Edgar to Win Interim Featherweight Title
Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar’s second fight looked a lot like their first. Though Edgar certainly had his moments, his failure to get the fight to the mat ultimately cost him, as he was soundly out-struck for five long rounds, eventually surrendering a decision and the interim featherweight crown. Having lost, Edgar is now 20-5-1 overall. Aldo, meanwhile, returns to the win column after his infamous, 13-second loss to Conor McGregor. Now an incredible 26-2 overall, the Brazilian is once again a UFC champ—though his interim title win will have a shadow cast over it by the aforementioned Irishman.
Cain Velasquez Returns to Form with Brilliant First-Round Win
After a rough 2015, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez needed a big win when he took on the towering Travis Browne at UFC 200—and that’s just what he got. Rocking Browne in the bout’s opening exchanges, Velasquez then wore his foe down with a diet of punches, knees—and even a spin kick—before grounding the fight to seal the deal with his ground-and-pound. With the first-round TKO win, he elevates his record to 14-2 overall, while Browne will return to Hawaii with a 18-4-1 overall record, and quite a few bruises.
- Julianna Peña (8-2) def. Cat Zingano (9-2) by Unanimous Decision
- Kelvin Gastelum (12-2) def. Johny Hendricks (17-5) by Unanimous Decision
- TJ Dillashaw (13-3) def. Rafael Assunção (23-5) by Unanimous Decision
- Sage Northcutt (8-1) def. Enrique Marin (8-4) by Unanimous Decision
- Joe Lauzon (26-11) def. Diego Sanchez (26-9) by TKO (R1)
- Gegard Mousasi (29-6-1) def. Thiago Santos (13-4) by TKO (R1)
- Jim Miller (26-8) def. Takanori Gomi (25-12) by TKO (R1)