UFC 200: The biggest event in Ultimate Fighting Championship history is set to take place on Saturday night, with UFC 200 being held at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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After a wild series of events leading up to UFC 200 that resulted in Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes being thrust into the headlining spot, the show must go on and there are still plenty of reasons for fans to get excited about the action ahead.

Along with the women’s title fight, UFC 200 features the return of former heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar, who faces Mark Hunt in the co-main event.

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Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar go to war for the interim featherweight title, while light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier remains on the card — despite Jon Jones’ removal — to face MMA legend Anderson Silva in a non-title fight.

Of course, all fighters must first make weight Friday before their bouts can become official.

You can watch today’s weigh-ins live in the video below beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Miesha Tate () vs. Amanda Nunes () – for women’s bantamweight title
Mark Hunt () vs. Brock Lesnar ()
Champ Daniel Cormier () vs. Anderson Silva () – non-title bout
Jose Aldo () vs. Frankie Edgar () – for interim featherweight title
Travis Browne () vs. Cain Velasquez ()
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Julianna Pena () vs. Cat Zingano ()
Kelvin Gastelum () vs. Johny Hendricks ()
Raphael Assuncao () vs. T.J. Dillashaw ()
Enrique Marin () vs. Sage Northcutt ()
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Joe Lauzon () vs. Diego Sanchez ()
Gegard Mousasi () vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos ()
Takanori Gomi () vs. Jim Miller ()
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UFC 200: Top 10 modern-day trash talkers

UFC 200: (Editor’s note: Yahoo Sports will be rolling out a new list of its favorite moments and figures each weekday in anticipation of UFC 200. First up was our Top 10 best fighters. Next: Top 10 trash talkers)

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You don’t have to be a trash talker to be a great MMA fighter, but a great MMA fighter with exceptional trash talking abilities happens to go a long way in establishing crossover stars.

The vaunted gift of gab is a unique trait that few fighters have. And the ones that do have it, struggle to back it up. But then there are those unique fighters who have mastered the art of verbal jousting and, when coupled with winning ways, the combination of quick wits and flying fists equal an enhanced entertainment value.

No longer just a sideline story, trash talking is a selling point and helps drive home a narrative that engages fight fans. Honestly, there’s nothing like a little animosity between fighters and seeing it all culminate in a big fight. It’s the reason why we are so compelled with the UFC 200 main-event rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

Let’s take a look at the best lyrical snipers since UFC 100:

10. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

“Don’t worry, in couple days you will call me Joanna Champion.”

The UFC strawweight hasn’t been around long, but she sure has made an impact with her world-class trash talking abilities. Much like she has been in the Octagon, when Jedrzejczyk gets rolling, she’s absolutely relentless. She chastised the usually happy Carla Esparza before pummeling her to claim the title and then went on to verbally abuse Jessica Penne and Valerie Letourneau in title defenses. But her feud with Claudia Galdelha has reached nuclear levels on The Ultimate Fighter and has found the Polish fighter amongst the elite trash talkers in the game.

9. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

“All I got to say, there’s gonna be some more black-on-black crime.”

Although he is no longer an elite fighter, Rampage Jackson will always be a top-notch trash talker. When he’s in the mood, Rampage’s propensity for insulting whoever he’s facing has proven to have a lot of value heading into a fight. When he’s in the mood, the jabs are a bit on the jovial side but once you get on Rampage’s bad side, it’s all violent endings and anger coming from the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Either way, it’s always a bit crass and perhaps inappropriate, but that’s exactly what sets Rampage apart from his peers.

And then there’s that epic staredown that Jackson engages in with his opponents right before the fight. That’s downright frightening.

8. Rashad Evans

“I wasn’t trying to talk trash, I was just trying to tell the truth”

The war of words between Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson during season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” was absolutely legendary and set that particular season apart from the rest of the series that has grown increasingly stale over the years. Evans is a little smoother with his trash talk as he opts for calculated strikes over volume. He got under Rampage’s skin so much that it caused his adversary to rip a door right off of its hinges. From Tito Ortiz to Jon Jones to Ryan Bader, “Suga” Rashad Evans appears to always enhance his bouts with a bit of pre-fight verbal sparring.

He went a step too far with his Penn State reference in the buildup to his fight with Phil Davis but, for the most part, Evans is as good as anyone when it comes to an exchange of insults.

7. Ronda Rousey

“I wonder how Floyd [Mayweather] feels being beat by a woman for once.”

Don’t piss off Ronda Rousey or she’s coming for your neck. Or your arm. The former UFC woman’s bantamweight champion oozed confidence like no other female fighter before her and ripped a page right out of the playbooks of all trash talkers before her as she rose through the MMA ranks. She tore down Miesha Tate and especially ripped apart Bethe Correia after an ill-advised quip about suicide set her off.

Her trash talk hasn’t been limited to female MMA fighters. She’s also hurled insults at Kim Kardashian, calling her a “glorified porn star,” and she dissed ring card girl Arianny Celeste. Perhaps her finest trash talking moment came at the expense of the best boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather. When Rousey beat out Mayweather for the 2015 Best Fighter ESPY, Rousey fired the shot heard around the world, saying, “I wonder how Floyd [Mayweather] feels being beat by a woman for once.”

6. Dominick Cruz

“He ain’t touching the belt, he can’t even reach it.”

Dominick Cruz’s war of words with Team Alpha Male has been one of the most heated rivalries in all of MMA. But what works in Cruz’s favor is that he’s backed up every last one of his claims against what he calls “Team Alpha Fail.” It’s not witty like McGregor or well rehearsed like Sonnen, but it is a fireball of facts that the part-time analyst uses to verbally dismantle his opponents. He undressed Urijah Faber on two occasions and then backed it up in the cage. Even though he had an extended hiatus due to a multitude of injuries, all he did was sharpen his swords and come out swinging prior to reclaiming the UFC bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw. It’s not flashy, but it sure is effective.

5. Nate Diaz

“Hit him with some good [expletive], don’t get hit, and come home with a pocket full of cash.”

Nate Diaz doesn’t come for people. But if you attempt to verbally joust with him, you can anticipate a mouthful of vitriolic insults headed your way. Like his brother, he’s far from eloquent when choosing his words but it’s the brutal honesty that he delivers them with that has connected with fans. His verbal feuds with Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson and Conor McGregor have all led to Diaz getting into their minds, taking them out of their gameplans and ultimately winning the fight.

But it’s the brief but prophetic war of words with Conor McGregor that launched Diaz into superstar status. Diaz was nonchalant and dismissed McGregor because of his “lame” training partners. He baited McGregor into going for the knockout, waited for him to gas out and pulled off the shocking upset.

4. Nick Diaz

“Oh, we’re doing spinning [expletive] now?”

Nick Diaz may not be as prolific with his vocabulary as Conor McGregor, but the raw emotion and straightforwardness that he exudes when cutting down his opponents has made him one of the finest trash talkers in the business. The thing about it is that Diaz does none of this to sell a fight. He honestly couldn’t care less what anybody thinks about the words that spill from his mouth. Whenever he speaks, it’s about his intended target and it just so happens that he has an unintentionally hilarious way of going about lambasting his foes with words.

And his trash talk isn’t limited to pre-fight antics, Diaz will give you a verbal beating in the middle of your own fight. When Carlos Condit launched a failed spinning backfist at Diaz during their UFC 143 battle, Diaz quipped, “Oh, we’re throwing spinning [expletive] now?”

It doesn’t get much better than that.
3. Michael Bisping

“This is a press conference, Jorge [Rivera]. I know it’s your first time involved in something like this. Welcome to the big leagues. After this, you’ll be back to the undercard believe me.”

The product of Manchester has never been short on words when it comes to his opponents. The sheer volume of insults that Bisping can hurl at an opponent can be staggering. And although they aren’t all knockout blows, Bisping can certainly get under an opponent’s skin.

He needles at his opponents with jests that dig right into the heart of their character. It’s never a dull affair when Bisping opens his mouth and now that he’s the UFC middleweight champion, something tells us that the trash talk has yet to reach its high point.

2. Chael Sonnen

“I’m sore, tired, under the weather, over trained, under motivated and still tough enough to beat [Anderson Silva].”

The reinvention of Chael Sonnen from a middling talent to one of the more recognizable stars in the UFC came courtesy of a character change that found the mixed martial artist adopt the persona of a pro wrestler. Prior to pushing Anderson Silva to the limit at UFC 117, Sonnen turned a fight that nobody found to be particularly interesting into must-watch TV thanks to a blitzkrieg of verbal warfare that created the perfect foil to the then-invincible Silva. Add that to the fact that he almost backed up his lofty claims by nearly pulling off the massive upset.

His mouth certainly worked wonders for his career and put him in fights he arguably didn’t deserve to be in. Although he had proved nothing in the light heavyweight division, his braggadocio pushed him into a fight with Jon Jones at UFC 159.

There are obvious overtures to pro wrestling’s great talkers littered in his slanderous language, but it was a breath of life into a stagnant division and helped turn Sonnen into a star.

1. Conor McGregor

“There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good. I’m doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I’m doing the other.”

The brash Irishman with a tongue of gold is easily one of the best trash talkers in any sport. And although the comparisons to Muhammad Ali may seem like a stretch, when it comes to quick wits, a nimble vernacular and unflinching confidence, there are few that come close to him in modern-day sports.

The sheer amount of material that McGregor comes up with is impressive. For every verbal jab fired at him, McGregor expertly deflects and rifles a far more vicious retort.

For his opponents, the most infuriating part of all this is that he has backed up just about every claim that he has made since debuting in the UFC just over three years ago, with the only exception being the loss to Nate Diaz. From the boisterous introduction of “Red Panty Night” to his relentless verbal assault aimed at Jose Aldo prior to his stunning 13-second knockout, there are few that can match wits with the 27-year-old.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/

UFC 200: Frankie Edgar Talks Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor Ahead Of Title Fight

UFC 200: Nestled in a nondescript section of the coastal town of Toms River, New Jersey, rests one of the four locations of Elite Wrestling, a gym providing wrestling instruction for children and adults. To the casual observer, the club, which is attached to a pool supply store, seems more reserved for high school competitors than for a professional mixed martial artist headlining one of the biggest pay-per-view events of the year.

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From a side entrance that’s barely visible from the road on which it’s located enters Frankie “The Answer” Edgar on a Monday afternoon. Along with Chicago White Sox slugger Todd Frazier, Edgar is Toms River’s most celebrated active athlete, yet he walks in by himself and the gym is basically empty. While the overall scene may appear unassuming, the intense training that takes place inside has made him one of the world’s best UFC fighters.

There will be a grander entrance for Edgar when he makes his way to the octagon at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9. Edgar is hoping to take one more step toward becoming the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion. Charismatic Irish star Conor McGregor is the current 145-pound titleholder and grabs most of the headlines, but it will be Edgar who will be fighting with millions watching around the world.

UFC 200 is expected to break records and potentially sell more than the reported 1.6 million buys that were generated for UFC 100 seven years ago. The light-heavyweight championship match between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will headline the show, and Brock Lesnar, arguably the biggest draw in UFC history, makes his return from WWE to step back inside the octagon.
But Edgar’s fight might be most intriguing. He faces Brazilian Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title, guaranteeing the winner a shot at McGregor’s belt. But the 34-year-old is preparing for the upcoming fight as if the actual championship is on the line.
“Every fight is a title fight for me,” Edgar told International Business Times between workouts. “Because if you lose one fight you just set yourself back on that title. I’m not getting any younger, and I’ve got good work behind me: five fights in a row over the top competition. One loss erases a lot of that.”

It’s been a three-and-a-half-year journey for Edgar in his hopes of winning the featherweight title and to become only the third UFC fighter to win belts in multiple weight classes. After holding the UFC lightweight title for 22 months, he made the move down to featherweight in February 2013 for a fight against then-champion Aldo. Edgar lost a close five-round decision, and it’s taken five straight wins since then to secure another title fight.

McGregor defeated Aldo for the title in December, and Edgar’s first-round knockout victory over Chad Mendes the night before was expected to set up a showdown between McGregor and Edgar. But McGregor has used his fame as the biggest name in the sport and one of the world’s most popular athletes to pursue other fights.

McGregor was defeated by Nate Diaz in a 170-pound fight in March, and they’ll have a rematch at welterweight at UFC 202 on Aug. 20. That means the current featherweight champ won’t defend his belt, if at all, until late 2016.

“It’s unfortunate,” Edgar said. “I think [McGregor] should have to defend it. He got to go do what he wanted to do and go up a weight class, or do whatever. It didn’t work out for him, and he should have to come back and defend it. But he calls the shots a little bit more than other guys, and I can’t hate him for wanting to get revenge and all that stuff. But of course it’s at my expense, so I’m looking at it a different way.”

Edgar remains unsure of McGregor’s plans to defend his featherweight championship. Should McGregor drop the belt altogether, the July 9 winner will become the actual titleholder. Either way, Edgar will be more than ready for his upcoming fight.He hasn’t fought in nearly seven months, but Edgar’s training is intense. A 45-minute sparring session followed by another workout Monday is just another day in the week of a UFC fighter who’s looking to establish himself as the best in the world in his weight class.

“I train two to three times a day. I get about typically 15, 16 workouts a week, and it consists of wrestling, boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, sparring, strength and conditioning. We kind of do just a little bit of everything.”

Since losing in their 2013 fight, Edgar has outperformed Aldo, who had been the only fighter to hold the UFC featherweight championship before he lost to McGregor late in 2015. Having defeated five of the world’s top 145-pound fighters, Edgar disputes Aldo’s claims that he hasn’t made strides since they last met.

“He’s just talking nonsense, to me,” Edgar said. “I’ve won five straight, I’ve finished three. I think since we fought, he got knocked out in one, he’s had some close decisions. And I think we’ve seen the evolution in my game more than his. But it’s not about that; it’s about one night and 25 minutes. So it’s gonna be who’s gonna be the best guy on that night.”

Brimming with a champion’s confidence, Edgar credits his training partners, who are among the best fighters in the world. He trains with Edson Barboza, UFC’s No. 6-ranked lightweight, and Eddie Alvarez, who’ll challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight championship two days before UFC 200 Live, among other fighters.

Most of the work happens at Elite Wrestling, and even though Edgar has previously faced Aldo, he doesn’t plan to go back to study what happened three years ago. Edgar believes the work he’s put in inside the octagon and in his local gym will finally dig him out of the hole that included back-to-back losses to Benson Henderson prior to the defeat to Aldo. He’s aware of Aldo’s quality leg kicks and his ability to avoid punches, but Edgar believes building up his speed, power, aggression and determination should do more for his chances than reliving what went wrong in the first fight.

“I’m not a big ‘tape guy.’ I’ve never been,” Edgar said. “My coach, Mark Henry, is very obsessive. He’ll force me to sit down and watch certain things — certain areas that we excelled in and certain areas that we need to improve on.

“But for the most part, I’m gonna go and do [my thing]. If I show up on July 9 I know I’ll get my hand raised.”

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/


UFC 200: It’s been a long road for Miesha Tate. In the past, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champions seemed to come up short when it really counted — such as her division-defining loss to former golden girl Ronda Rousey. And yet Tate didn’t give up. She climbed the ranks until she was the undisputed No. 1 contender. She waited in the shadows as she was passed over for opportunities.

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And then her golden opportunity came, and it came at the expense of her rival Rousey. When Holly Holm stunned the world, and KO’d Ronda late last year, many expected an immediate rematch. However, the mental and physical state of Ronda Rousey after her first significant loss ruled this possibility out.

Enter Miesha Tate, who went into UFC 196, determined to capitalize on what could have been her final title shot. Although Tate went into the Octagon an underdog, she went into it a woman who studied Holly Holm far more than Ronda did. That observation and training paid off as Tate went on to win by submission.

It’s hard to believe that Miesha Tate is the third champion in her division’s short history. And yet, her position has created a unique problem. As with Ronda Rousey, it was expected that Holly Holm would be given a rematch shortly. However, the UFC brass has decided to move on. Her next fight will be at UFC 200 against American Top Team’s Amanda Nunes.As I previously wrote, if Miesha Tate were to lose at UFC 200, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division will have three former champions within a year. Not only that but none of them have gotten a rematch. Rather than give the opportunity to the most recent ex-champion, Dana White is already declaring that Ronda, the rustiest off the group, will be the one who gets the chance to challenge for the belt. UFC 200 Live.This bias is worrying for a couple of reasons.First, given White’s decision-making toward women fighters in the bantamweight division, I’m not confident that all former champions would get a title shot. Should Miesha Tate lose, I am concerned that she will be cheated out of a rematch opportunity along with Holly Holm. In fact, Holly’s deplorable lack of opportunities despite her stunning victory over Ronda speaks to my fear of a bias problem. UFC 200 Fight Card

I wouldn’t be surprised to see another “fluke” situation avoided by having Ronda return to fighting women smaller than her, who she could overpower. Even if rematches against Holm and Tate were sensible money-making opportunities, I do wonder if the UFC brass will seek opportunities that allow the return of Rousey’s formidable cash cow status.

If Miesha Tate wins, it might delay this version of events. We might even get that rematch that Tate is long overdue. A loss? We can only hope things don’t spiral in the chaotic direction of “no title shots for anyone but Ronda!”

I sincerely hope I’m wrong and that all women are granted the fighting opportunities they deserve. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight division could be a very exciting one — aiding women’s MMA in getting better global recognition and respect. It doesn’t benefit from the spotlight being on a single person.There are a few good match-ups here, fights that should happen that would help settle the “pecking order.” If Miesha Tate wins, there should be a rematch against Ronda Rousey. I believe that if Tate loses, it should be her getting the rematch with Ronda Rousey fighting Holly Holm in a rematch for the right to challenge for the title. Put these fights on the same PPV card, and it would definitely up the hype for the Women’s Bantamweight Division. UFC 200 Start Time

Such possibilities make one very excited for UFC 200. The division can go in one of several directions based on the outcome of this one fight. It’s exciting times — for now. Hopefully, everything plays out for the benefit of the division and not a misguided attempt to rebuild one fighter’s brand.

Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/

UFC 200 will still be big, but we’ll never know what the true potential was

UFC 200: Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 will be a major event in a new arena, with a strong undercard, and be as publicized as any event the company has ever put on. But the inability to get Conor McGregor does mean that this once in a generation show won’t reach what would have been its potential.

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Now that it really appears Conor McGregor isn’t facing Nate Diaz at UFC 200, it becomes an even crazier story in hindsight given the reasons for it falling through. UFC 200 Live

If one of them was injured, sure. If somebody made an outrageous money demand, sure. But the biggest money event in the sport’s history falling apart because somebody refused to get on a plane to Las Vegas and attend a press conference and do a television commercial 11 weeks before the fight? It makes no sense. Yet, as best we can tell, that’s what happened. And it makes little sense that people who are in the business of convincing guys to take fights couldn’t somehow talk a fighting into coming in to promote a bout that he himself demanded. It’s even crazier since McGregor has made it clear he wants on the show in the fight he requested.

At least one party (and maybe both) played a game of being stubborn, and the end result is that the potential record-breaking numbers for a giant show in 2016 will not be reached, at least at UFC 200.

It feels like the UFC wanted to send a message that said, no matter who you are, you can’t miss a press conference. It’s a message that could cost them tens of millions of dollars. But perhaps it was a message they needed to send for the long run. And perhaps if UFC brass told McGregor ahead of time that he’d be removed from the card if he didn’t come to Las Vegas that week, he should have taken them seriously. While the UFC is going to lose more money than McGregor based on what happened, it’s not like they can’t afford it. For that matter, it’s not like the show won’t still be big. It will. That is, unless Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier gets hurt, which is always the risk heading into any major card. It already did in April ahead of UFC 197. Injuries an inherent part of the MMA business.

Since the fallout, though, McGregor has gone onto his Twitter account and made all sorts of claims, including one saying that without him, UFC 200 won’t do 1.5 million buys. He also claimed that with him, UFC 200 would challenge the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view record, which ended up at about 4,650,000 buys.

“I had the May/Pac record primed ready to place MMA at the undisputed top. But it was not to be,” he wrote on Twitter, in exchanges where he boasted to hold all kinds of company records.

When asked by one fan if he has overtaken Brock Lesnar as the biggest draw in MMA history — which is a title he can rightfully claim — he said, “It’s not safe to say. It is a fact to say. I hold PPV, gate, TV, Fight Pass and Embedded record. Even title fight KO.”

He certainly holds the PPV revenue record. The gate record belongs to Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields at UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, yet McGregor’s in second place for his fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 194. The TV audience record is still held by heavyweights Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos, the first show held on the FOX flagship, with more than 9 million viewers, dwarfing the 3.3 million McGregor did with Dennis Siver, which is, by a solid margin, the FOX Sports 1 record. The Fight Pass record is hard to know since those records are kept under wraps, but the belief is McGregor did hold the record, at least for awhile. The Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping fight that happened in February is thought to have topped it. Likewise, the Embedded record is also unknown, but all indications are that the McGregor vs. Diaz build broke it.

In other words, Mayweather/Pacquiao numbers were never going to happen, as that would essentially triple anything UFC has ever done.

But people were looking at UFC 200 as that seminal event, with the potential to draw well north of what UFC 100 did back in 2009. Another aspect is that we’re probably eight plus years out from UFC 300. So from an MMA perspective, it’s not a big annual event like a Super Bowl, or even an every four-year event like the World Cup or Olympics. These numeric centennial shows are once in a generation events.

The UFC was lucky to have two gigantic stars on the roster to coincide with UFC 200, with McGregor and women’s bantamweight phenom Ronda Rousey. But somehow, through breaks and circumstance, nether are on the show. Even crazier, both had ripe opponents — in the case of Rousey, either Miesha Tate or Holly Holm, and with McGregor, a rematch with Diaz — that would have set records on July 9.

It’s highly unlikely Rousey, who is already making inroads to Hollywood, will be around for UFC 300. With McGregor, even if he is, he’ll likely be well past his prime in a weight class that relies so heavily on speed and reflexes.

UFC 200 will go on without them.

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, the new main event, appears (on paper at least) to be the company’s biggest possible match of the year, outside of the big two. It’s a quality fight with bad blood and strong personalities, and anybody who follows the sport knows knows the names.

Jones is the company’s third biggest drawing card, although it’s a distant third. He’s probably the greatest fighter of the era. Nobody has ever really beat him, even if that pesky “1” appears on his loss record after the disqualification against Matt Hamill. He was on the road to setting a record for consecutive title defenses. It didn’t look like anyone on the horizon could beat him. And then somebody beat him so badly he took his title. That person was not an opponent, but himself.

While out of action, Cormier — the victim to Jones in the most anticipated light heavyweight title match since Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell some 17 months ago at UFC 182 — beat the next best guy in the division, Anthony Johnson. He claimed the title. The rivalry between Jones and Cormier will draw big numbers.

Big in a 1.5 million buy way? That depends on the value of the name UFC 200, and the claimed $10 million advertising budget that Dana White has said UFC is earmarking for the show.

But even under the best of circumstances, whatever the true potential was for the event will not be reached.

The first Jones vs. Cormier fight did about 820,000 buys on pay-per-view, and, given the interaction between the two, felt like one of the biggest grudge fights in UFC history. The first McGregor vs. Nate Diaz show did an estimated 1.5 million, as a replacement fight, with less than two weeks of promotion. There was no true grudge in play, but McGregor’s golden tongue and Diaz’s uncompromising character were more than enough.

The first Jones vs. Cormier fight sold 8,700 tickets and did a gate of $3,674,692 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The first McGregor vs. Diaz fight, held at the same venue, sold 13,412 tickets for $8,197,628 — and those tickets were mostly sold for a much colder McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos fight. If anything, had UFC 196 been fully promoted with Diaz involved, the numbers would have been higher.

Worse, the tickets sold for UFC 197 were for a Jones vs. Cormier rematch. According to Nevada Athletic Commission records, the actual paid attendance a was 6,367, with a gate of $2,024,666. For a UFC event, most tickets are sold ahead of time. It is likely that Jones vs. Cormier, had it happened, would have ended up doing more, but probably not appreciably more.

If we use those figures as bases, and estimate that the UFC gets about $30 per pay-per-view order, you’re talking about a differential of about $25 million to $27 million based on prior live gates and prior pay-per-view revenue. On a bigger show, that number could be magnified.

And this doesn’t take into account the value of the larger number of tourists that descend on Las Vegas surrounding a McGregor fight, many of which would attend the Fan Expo surrounding the event, and/or the two shows that are being held on July 7 and 8.

As far as the live gate goes, UFC is maintaining the ticket prices they were charging. If UFC 200, moved to the larger 20,000-seat T Mobile Arena, comes close to selling out with Jones vs. Cormier, the gate difference may not be anywhere near what the first fight and the planned second fight indicate it would be. But if that happens, that’s the power of the UFC 200 name and the fully loaded undercard. And if the value of the UFC 200 name is strong, the pay-per-view difference between what will be done and what could have been done could be even more massive.

But as long as UFC makes McGregor vs. Diaz II sometime in the next few months, they’ll have two major events instead of one. Still, we’ll never know what the true potential for UFC 200 would have been.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/

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UFC News: Holly Holm prefers Ronda Rousey rematch in July

UFC 200UFC News: Holly Holm prefers Ronda Rousey rematch in JulyUFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm said she prefers to give Ronda Rousey a rematch in July if she appears victorious in her first title defense at UFC 197 in March against Miesha Tate.

Holm-Rousey II is tentatively set at UFC 200, with Rowdy still finishing her filming commitments for a remake of the 1980s action movie “Road House” and Holm bound for a title defense in March. But according to Holm herself, she is fine having a rematch as early as July.

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“I’m just ready for what opportunities come,” Holm told the New York Post. “I was OK with July as long as it was going to be a guarantee. I didn’t want them to say July and then it turned into October and the next thing you know it’s going to be a year since I’ve fought.”

While it would sound good for UFC fans to witness Rowdy return to the Octagon as early as this summer, Rousey’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan said a fight in July would be too soon for his fighter, considering her need to recover after fighting thrice in nine months last year. Tarverdyan also added he talked to UFC president Dana White about Rousey needing four months to prepare and train after finishing filming her movie.

“I don’t see it in July at this point,” Tarverdyan told ESPN. “Ronda did three fights last year. I think she deserves time off. That’s what [UFC president] Dana [White] said, too. So we’ve spoke about that. You know Dana judges things very fairly, and he completely understood.”

Rousey suffered the first loss in her UFC career in knockout fashion after being kicked out cold by Holm 59 seconds into the second round of their bout at UFC 193 in Melbourne. After the heartbreaking defeat, White immediately set up a rematch between the two fighters possibly slated at UFC 200, when former WWE superstar CM Punk also plans to stage his MMA debut.

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