With MMA now legalized in the state of New York, we take a look at how a first fight card might look and how it will stack up against the much discussed but as of yet unknown UFC 200 card.
Before we look at potential matchups however, we must ask ourselves, is the UFC returning to the state of New York a more momentous occasion than its marquee “200th” event. The fact of the matter is, this is far from the UFC’s 200th event.
If you include fight night events, the Ultimate Ultimate events of old and the Fight Pass exclusive cards more recently the UFC, the promotion has held well over 300 events and for the UFC nerds who will say that it is a celebration of the UFC Pay Per Views, it is not the 200th PPV either. Not all the numbered UFC events were PPV as some aired on FOX. There is also the embarassment that was UFC 151 which was scrapped altogether when Jon Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice.
All this in mind and considering the lengths the UFC has gone to, to lobby for MMA to be legalized in the state of New York at least from a promotional stand point the New York event will be a more epoch-making occasion.
So what can we expect from both cards now, in lieu of this new development. There is no doubt that the UFC are going to stack the UFC 200 card from top to bottom with McGregor, Diaz, Velasquez and Browne all but confirmed there are many other huge names such as dos Anjos, Holm, Tate, Aldo and Edgar lobbying hard to get on the card. With the opening of a new venue in Las Vegas opposite the MGM Grand, the event will still be huge. Of that you can be sure.
So with all this information and the likelihod that McGregor and Diaz will be headlining we can assume that there will only be one title on the line. With the confirmed bouts already lined up, only two titles seem to be viable options, the Welterweight Title held by Lawler and the Lightweight Title held by Dos Anjos.
The New York card however, set to be held in the famous Madison Square Garden, will likely feature hometown “Champion” Jon Jones, Chris Weidman who is fighting for the Middlewight Title in June and Frankie Edgar, who has been promised a title shot for… well forever. So there is a very real potential that there will be three titles on the line for the first time ever.
Add to the mix, a Conor McGregor or a Ronda Rousey and you unquestionably have the biggest card in the history of combat sports. Yes, not just the UFC, not just MMA but combat sports as a whole.
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