The much-anticipated UFC 200 scheduled for July 9th may finally have its first official fight. Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is reportedly set to face Travis Browne at the event, which will be the first show held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sources close to Fox Sports and a report on UFC Tonight confirmed the fight, but the UFC brass is yet to make it official.
This will be Velasquez’s first fight since losing the heavyweight belt to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 last year. An immediate rematch was put in motion but a back injury forced Velasquez out of the fight, followed by Werdum with a foot injury a week later.
Browne hasn’t been able to win two straight since his win over Josh Barnett at UFC 168, losing to Werdum in 2014 before bagging a TKO victory over Brendan Schaub at UFC 181. A thrilling bout against Andrei Arlovski followed at UFC 187 which ended in a loss against his former teammate before again bouncing back with a win over Matt Mitrione this January past.
No other fights for the event have been announced at this time, but one could assume UFC champion Conor McGregor will feature on the card, possibly alongside former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Source: FOX Sports