UFC 200 Has Two New Faces


Last week, UFC president Dana White announced that there will be two new faces headlining UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. It will be a light heavyweight title battle between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Jones who is 22-1 returned to the ring last weekend for the first time in over a year. He took on Ovince Saint Preux and defeated him easily in an unanimous decision by all the judges. This showed that Jones long layoff did not affect him at all.  He missed significant time because he was arrested for a felony hit-and-run charge.

A few months ago, Jones was luckily able to avoid significant jail time after reaching a plea deal. Cormier was supposed to face off against Jones at UFC 197, but was not able to due to injury. You can be sure this time around  these two will spark a competitive match that will draw many viewers.

Last month, UFC planned a Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz rematch for UFC 200, but that was taken off the table once McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas for promotional reasons. After McGregor realized he was no longer headlining the match in Vegas he posted on his twitter account that he was retiring from mixed martial arts. This shocking news had the social media world buzzing for awhile. However, a few days later he posted on twitter saying he was not retired and still wished to headline the match. Dana White remained true to his word and would not allow McGregor to fight after he refused to fly to Vegas. White, did however offer to keep Diaz on the event, but he wanted no part in the match unless it was a rematch against McGregor. Even though we won’t get a Diaz vs McGregor rematch, we will still get an entertaining fight between two greats in Cormier and Jones. Is it July yet?

Two Huge Upsets on the Same Night in Vegas

Last night, marked one of the wildest nights in MMA history. Conor McGregor and Holly Holm, two heavily favored fighters were both upset in dramatic fashion. Miesha Tate defeated women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm by submission in the fifth round of their fight. Soon after there fight ended, Nate Diaz took on brash-talking Conor McGregor and Diaz submitted McGregor in the second round to win the welterweight fight.


Ireland Native, McGregor, who won the featherweight championship back in December decided to jump weight classes soon after his victory. He opted to move up to 170 pounds (lightweight division) to fight replacement foe Diaz because of lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos’ foot injury. Well, let’s just say moving up in weight class did not go too well the talented McGregor.

Diaz, a former UFC lightweight title challenger was able to get the best of McGregor early on. McGregor tried take Diaz down with one his unique moves but Diaz was able counter and turn to his jiu jitsu specialty and deliver a deadly chokehold, which forced Mcgregor to tap out only 4 minutes into the second round. After the match, Diaz said  “I knew I had it, my jiu jitsu’s always there when I hit the ground. I’m a warrior. There’s a new king, right here.” Diaz was very excited about his gut wrenching performance to take down the former featherweight champion.Miesha Tate vs Liz Carmouche

As for the other upset at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tate took down Holms in the final minutes of the final round crushing hopes of everyone possibly witnessing a Holm’s rematch with the great Ronda Rousey. This was Holm’s first fight since defeating Rousey back in November. Holm was able to give Tate a couple of punches and kicks in the early rounds, but Tate eventually responded with kicks and moves of her own and then would mount Holm from behind to take home the championship.

These were both devastating losses for both former champions, but we will see how these two respond to adversity. If you ask me, I am sure they will use this as motivation and will be back out there sooner than people think.

Top 5 MMA Fighters of All-Time

Chuck Liddell

During the 2000’s, Liddell who was known as the “Iceman” was regarded as one best fighters in MMA. He finished with an impressive 21-8 record and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009. One of Liddell’s most noted accomplishments was when he defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight title. Liddell enjoyed a successful career as he defeated some best in the game during his career.

Anderson Silva

Silva is regarded as one the best mixed martial artists of all-time. He still holds the the UFC record with 16 straight wins and 10 title defenses. The streak ended in 2013, but there has been no sign of anyone looking to break the record any time soon. He is also a former UFC Middleweight Champion and has had many big wins during his career. A few to point out are a comeback victory over Chael Sonnen and defeating Rick Franklin to win the title.

Randy Couture

Randy Couture is one of the most beloved figures in MMA. His resume is remarkable to say the least. He is a three time UFC Heavyweight Champion and a two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Impressive, right? Another thing to point out is that Randy Couture is one of two people to win the UFC championship title in two different divisions. He had a stellar career and age really did not matter for Couture as he won four fights in his 40’s.

Dan Henderson

The next person we have on the list is Dan Henderson. He too has enjoyed a great amount of success. Over the course of his career he has defeated 12 champions in for major different promotions. He currently is oldest fighter in UFC, but age is a non factor for Henderson.

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko finished his incredible career with an 34-4-1 record. There was a span in which the russian born fighter would not lose a match as he would win 28 straight fights. He was dominating like no one has ever seen. However, even though he did not fight in the UFC but he is still regarded as one best MMA fighters in the World.