Taking place at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, UFC 200 is looking likely to break every record in the UFC. With 10 fights including two title fights confirmed, neither going to be the Main Event and possibly not even the co-Main Event, how are the UFC planning on fitting so many five round fights on one card at their marquee event, UFC 200 on July 9th?
Having three, five round fights on one card has often been talked about but never considered by the UFC but it is looking more and more likely that we are going to see not just three but four, five round fights on July 9th. The reason for pondering this notion is that neither Aldo v. Edgar (Interim Featherweight Title Fight) or Tate v. Nunes (Women’s Bantamweight Title Fight) has been announced as the co-Main Event and it seems as though that news would break with the fight announcement.
Does that mean 3-5 round fights at UFC 200?!
— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) April 7, 2016
There are still at least three titles that could be in play for the card, with Robbie Lawler and his Welterweight crown awaiting a fight, Rafael dos Anjos and his Lightweight strap, while still injured, appearing to be challenging anyone he can to get on the UFC 200 card and there is the very real possibility of Daniel Cormier v. Jon Jones 2, Champion v. Champion.
So how will the card look with Diaz v. McGregor atop three title fights. Perhaps the UFC is going to do something very unique and put one of the title fights on the Fight Pass Prelims. There has been an extra push in the last 12 months, with huge cards including Anderson Silva v. Michael Bisping and Joanna Jedrzejczyk v. Jessica Penne (For the Strawweight Title), exclusively live on Fight Pass. If so don’t be surprised if the card takes a very unfamiliar format with title fights not at the very top of the Main Card where you’d expect to see them.
The UFC are definitely holding something back and there is definitely at least one more huge fight to be announced.
Expect a resolution to the BJ Penn investigation shortly, which would free him up to fight again in the near future.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 7, 2016
Here is what the card might look like with the addition of three more fights:
Main Event: Nate Diaz v. Conor McGregor 2
Co-Main Event: TBC
Cain Velasquez v. Travis Browne
Johnny Hendricks v. Kelvin Gastelum
Fox Sports Prelims:
Meisha Tate v. Amanda Nunes (Women’s Bantamweight Title)
Cat Zingano v. Julianna Pena
Joe Lauzon v. Diego Sanchez
Sage Northcutt v. Enrique Marin
Fight Pass Prelims:
Jose Aldo v. Frankie Edgar 2 (Interim Featherweight Title)
Derek Brunson v. Gegard Mousasi
Takanori Gomi v. Jim Miller
It’s just a shot in the dark but it would make for one of the most extraordinary events in combat sports history.