UFC 200 is this Saturday, July 9 and people are extremely excited, to say the least. The cad, from top to bottom, is the most stacked in its company's history. With two championship fights, the return of Brock Lesnar and a bunch of other great fights, it's an MMA fan's wet dream come to life.
Gross, I know.
However, UFC will now be on the world stage with a dark cloud hanging above its head. An event celebrating the company and the sport's meteoric rise to global prominence is now marred by controversy as Jon Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event versus Daniel Cormier.
This is due to a possible anti-doping violation from the USADA. That fight would have been for the Undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
It is just the next chapter of a dark aspect of UFC, that many of their fighters have failed drug tests, including stars such as Nate Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Silva and now possibly Jones.
So without further ado, here is the preview on the main card, what to know and a nice drinking game, because let's face it, if you're going to watch this, there will be alcohol involved.
Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne
Velazquez hasn't fought in more than a year and that was a loss to Fabricio Werdum for the Heavyweight Championship. Velazquez is still one of the best heavyweights in the world and this is a fight that solidifies his standing in the division en route to his rematch with Werdum.
Browne on the other hand, is a big, hulking fighter who has never had a realistic shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He holds an 18-3-1 MMA record and owns wins over Brendan Schaub, current No. 3 ranked Alistair Overeem, and No. 8 Josh Barnett. A win over Velazquez could propel him to a title shot.
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar for the Interim Featherweight Championship
This fight is a rematch from their 2013 Featherweight championship bout in which Ado retained in a highly competitive fight. Now after Aldo lost his belt to Conor McGregor, he has been on a mission to try and recapture championship gold.
Since losing to Aldo, Edgar has yet to lose a fight and won those fights in impressive fashion. He has the ability to dominate opponents with quick and heavy hitting offense. While this is a fight for an interim title, expect the winner to try and challenge McGregor for an undisputed title match after he finishes his business with Nate Diaz.
Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunez for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Title
Pretty much, whoever wins this fight is going to probably fight Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, the woman who beat Rousey, in 2017. Miesha Tate is a veteran in women's mixed martial arts and the current champion.
Nunez is not a household name among MMA fans, but she has racked up an impressive resume: a 12-4 MMA record with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is currently the No. 4 ranked woman in the official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.
This may not be the Rousey-Holm rematch we all wanted, but this is still a pretty good fight with plenty of action.
Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt
Brock Lesnar is a WWE Superstar who also happens to be the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. To explain the nuances of why he is fighting here in UFC on this site for a third time is redundant, so read my piece on it here. As for how he'll do, it's anyone's guess. Lesnar says that he is in the best shape of his life but five years from the octagon is a long time and he's facing Mark Hunt.
Hunt is a knockout artist who owns wins against heavyweight greats Frank Mir and Antonio Silva. This is more of an attraction match than a fight to decide future rankings in the division but expect Hunt to try and knock Lesnar out quickly. Lesnar, meanwhile will try and used his vast experience in amateur mat wrestling to try and wear him down.
Drinking Game for UFC 200 (This applies to the prelims, too, if you are watching them)
-Drink every time that crowd goes "Ohhhhh!!!" for a vicious strike
-Down your drink for a Ronda Rousey or CM Punk appearance (this counts for commercials too)
-Drink for every time UFC 201 is mentioned
-Drink for every mention of wrestling and WWE.
-Down your drink if they mention Velazquez losing the Heavyweight title in his last fight.
-Drink every time Joe Rogan yells "OH MY GOODNESS!"
-Drink every time a broadcaster says "HERE WE GO!"
-Down you drink if a fight ends in a Knockout.
-Waterfall your drink whenever someone has his/her opponent in a hold on the floor.