“UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes” goes down Saturday night inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC Fight Pass kicks off the festivities by streaming the first three preliminary bouts live starting at 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT.
Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the remaining four prelims at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The pay-per-view broadcast begins immediately after at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
The UFC certainly took us on the scenic route, but we’re finally here. After watching the historic show undergo four different main events, three since Wednesday, the UFC finally settled on having the women’s bantamweight bout between champion Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes at the top of the marquee.
Former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, who is truly tonight’s featured attraction, meets Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Lesnar is on a “one-off” loaner from the WWE, so enjoy him while you can.
Light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier, who was originally slated to headline the card against Jon Jones until Jones tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance just three days prior to showtime, faces Anderson Silva in a non-title 205-pound tilt.
As if that weren’t enough, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will also vie for the vacant interim featherweight belt.
Here are the results and play-by-play from tonight’s fights:
(UFC Fight Pass 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT)
Jim Miller Defeats Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) at 2:18 in the 1stRound
1stRound: The UFC is going with a gold canvas for UFC 200. They trade punches early. Miller tags him with a clean right, while catching a kick and tossing Gomi to the canvas. Miller immediately jumps on the back and secures a figure-four around Gomi’s body. Miller is trying to finish with a rear-naked choke, but can’t so he softens up the Japanese legend with punches. Gomi is in a world of trouble early. Miller is really giving him the business now. It’s a wrap.
Gegard Mousasi Defeats Thiago “Marreta” Santos via KO (punches) at 4:32 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Mousasi takes the center of the cage and is walking him down. Santos firing off some bombs, just glancing Mousasi with one right. Mousasi rocks him with a right and is bringing the pain. Santos drops to the mat and Mousasi jumps on his side, looking to take his back. Santos is eating some big punches. Snatos gets to his feet, but Mousasi is draped all over him. Mousasi lands two uppercuts before slamming him to the ground. Mousasi moves to side control. Santos kicks him off, but Mousasi unloads a right and drops him right back down. Game over.
Joe Lauzon Defeats Diego Sanchez via TKO (punches) at 1:26 in the 1stRound
1stRound: As expected, they waste no time in going after it. Lauzon drops him with a vicious right. He’s all over Sanchez. Sanchez is badly wobbled and fights to his feet. Lauzon floors him with another right hand. Sanchez is like a robot and gets back up, but is clearly dazed and confused. Lauzon is laying the lumber. This needs to be stopped. Sanchez’s head is getting whipped back with these rights. Sanchez is out on his feet and refuses to go down. Finally the referee stops the assault.
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Sage Northcutt Defeats Enrique Marin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Northcutt clocks him in the face with a kick and follows up with a left hand. Marin scores with a right hand. Northcutt answers with another head kick. Marin is clinching him against the fence looking to bring this scrap to the ground. Marin finally drags him down with a single-leg, but Northcutt immediately goes for a guillotine, then a leg lock. Northcutt reverses position and takes his back. Northcutt has both hooks in. Marin gets him into his full-guard. Marin gets to his feet. Northcutt goes for a takedown. Marin easily stuff is and jumps on his back. He’s too high and Northcutt tosses him off. Northcutt on his back again.
5thRound scores it: Northcutt, 10-9.
2ndRound: Northcutt is as fresh as a daisy, just floating on his feet. Marin eats a right hand. Northcutt has a body lock and gets a takedown for a moment before Marin reverses position. They are now in the awkward north-south position. Marin going for an armbar. He’s cranking on it. Northcutt somehow gets free and ends up on top. Marin gets free and is going for a kimura. Marin looks exhausted, and that might be why his submission attempts have been so sloppy.
5thRound scores it: Marin, 10-9.
3rdRound: Northcutt takes a one-two combo to the grill. Marin clinches him against the cage and secures a takedown. Marin just trying to hold him on the ground with no offense. Northcutt gets to his feet, but Marin is draped all over him. He’s on Northcutt’s back now. Marin is controlling position, though he needs to attack before the referee breaks them up. Northcutt unloading some sharp elbows to the dome while thwarting Marin’s takedown attempt. Marin is bleeding badly from those shots. Crown starting to boo. Marin gets him down finally. Still hasn’t landed one strike this round, though. Northcutt rolls into top position. That scramble may have won Northcutt this fight. This will be interesting.
5thRound scores it: Marin, 10-9, and may have stole the fight, 29-28.
T.J. Dillashaw Defeats Rapahel Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Dillashaw showing off his fancy feet, as expected. Assuncao having trouble locating him. Dillashaw doing a good job of landing and bouncing before Assuncao can return fire. Dillasahw continues to switch stances. Dillashaw opeing up with kicks now. Assuncao answers with a big leg kick. Assuncao appears content with eating body kicks to try and catch his leg to secure a takedown. Dillashaw charges for a takedown and has him clinched against the cage.
5thRound scores it: Dillashaw, 10-9.
2ndRound: Dillashaw fails on an early takedown try. Assuncao gets blasted with a straight right that causes his nose to bleed. The shot was so good, Assuncao gave Dillashaw a thumbs up. Dillashaw clocks him with another right. One-two combo by the Brazilian. Dillashaw is just far too fast for Assuncao. Assuncao slips a punch and gets a brief takedown. Time is called to check Assuncao’s eye or nose. Game on. Assuncao slips after missing on a head kick and Dillashaw was on top for a moment.
5thRound scores it: Dillashaw, 10-9.
3rdRound: Dillasahaw should cruise to a win, unless he gets tagged with something. That might be tough considering he can’t catch Dillashaw. Assuncao has mustered up very little offense tonight. Dillashaw connects with a body kick. Assuncao comes up short on a takedown, which might be a good thing because he needs a finish. One minute to go. Not the most thrilling fight ever. Dillashaw lands a takedown to cement the win. Assuncao get to his feet with 10 ticks remaining. Crown boos.
5thRound scores it: Dillashaw, 10-9, and he’ll run the table, 30-27.
Kelvin Gastelum Defeats Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Hendricks missed weight, but Gastelum looks a bit bigger than him in the cage. Gastelum tags him with an overhand right. He follows up with a leg kick. And another. Hendricks returns the favor with a leg kick of his own. Gastelum connects with another left hand. Gastelum’s hands look sharper early on. Hendricks score with an uppercut. Gastelum nails him with three straight one-two combos. Hendricks eats another left hand. He has Gastelum clinched against the cage now. They separate. Hendricks nails him with a left hook. They are trading leather now.
5thRound scores it: Gastelum, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hendricks is a lot more aggressive to start off the middle stanza. He nails Gastelum with a left punch. He catches a kick and pounces on Gastelum. Hendricks working for a takedown against the fence. Hendricks is draped on his back. Gastelum gets free. Gastelum knees him in the body in a clinch. Gastelum’s jab working nicely. Hendricks charges forward with a one-two combo. Hendricks gets him with a one-two combo and kick to the leg. Two straight lefts by Hendricks. Gastelum returns fire with some solid punches.
5thRound scores it: Hendricks, 10-9.
3rdRound: Gastelum bringing the heat in the final round. Hendricks looks like he’s gassing. Big leg kick by Gastelum. Not much movement from Hendricks. He might be paying for that weight cut, which still cost him 20 percent of his purse for missing weight by .25 pounds. Gastelum is still fresh. Hendricks connects with a left hand. Gastelum answers with a body shot. Two big lefts by Gastelum. Hendricks working hard for a single-leg takedown. He gets it for just a moment. Sharp elbows to the body by Gastelum. Hendricks still flinging leather. Gastelum now looking for a takedown with 30 seconds to go. They swing up until the final horn.
5thRound scores it: Gastelum, 10-9, and should win, 29-28.
Julianna Pena Defeats Cat Zingano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Zingano charges her against the fence. He sweeps Pena to the mat and lands in side-control. Pena gets right back up and is clinching Zingano against the cage. Zingano easily trips her to the ground again. Pena eats what appeared to be an illegal knee to the face, as she was still on the ground. Referee didn’t see it, but it was really close. Pena is on top looking for a guillotine, but Zingano gets out and is on top now. Pena unloading countless palm strikes to the ears from the bottom. Not much offense from Zingano on top. Zingano drops a bomb on her, but Pena gets up. Close round.
5thRound scores it: Zingano, 10-9.
2ndRound: Big body kick by Zingano and she hip tosses Pena to the ground. Impressive. Zingano trying to produce more activity in the full-guard. They get back up. Zingano gets a body lock and tosses her to the canvas. That was ragdoll-ish. Too bad for Zingano that she can’t do much once it’s on the ground. Pena reverses and takes side-control, though is still in a headlock. Pena spins to her back. Pena gets a body triangle and has one minute to work. Pena going for a rear-naked choke, but can’t get her arm under the chin.
5thRound scores it: Pena, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pena gets a quick takedown in the center of the cage. Pena lands some short elbows. Solid ground-and-pound by Pena. Zingano can’t get free. Pena trying to take the back again. Zingano can’t get out, so she’s going to lose a decision if she doesn’t get finishes first. Pena locks in a rear-naked choke, but Zingano fights out. Pena dropping punches from behind. Zingano is getting dominated. Zingano finally reverses, but there’s only 10 seconds left.
5thRound scores it: Pena, 10-9, and rallied to win, 29-28.
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Cain Velasquez Defeats Travis Browne via TKO (punches) at 4:57 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Left hand by Velasquez. Browne answers with a bigger right hand. They trade leg kicks. Velasquez looking to bring the pressure early, as expected. Velasquez misses on a single-leg takedown attempt. Velasquez has the taller man pressed against the cage. Velasquez lets him free. One-two combination by Velasquez. He has Browne clinched against the fence again. Browne’s free. Velasquez misses with a fancy wheel kick, but charges forward with some bombs. He drops Browne with a right and pounces. Two minutes to go. Velasquez methodical with his attack in half-guard. Velasquez is draped all over his back and punching him in the head. Browne back to his feet. He tags Velasquez with a right. Velasquez wobbles him with another right. He takes Browne down and is unloading bombs. Referee “big” John McCarthy ends the mauling seconds before the bell sounds.
Jose Aldo Defeats Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) (Aldo captures vacant UFC interim featherweight title)
1stRound: Marc Goddard is the third man in the cage for this rematch. Aldo looks intense as hell. Edgar takes the center of the cage. Not much action in the first minute. Inside leg kick by Edgar. Body kick by Edgar. Edgar charges forward with punches, but only connects on a leg kick. A ton of movement by Edgar, per usual. Edgar misses on a single-leg takedown. Aldo eats a big right hand. Edgar eats a knee to the body. Aldo dropped him briefly with a left. That end might have won Aldo the round.
5thRound scores it: Edgar, 10-9.
2ndRound: Edgar starts things off with a leg kick. Aldo lands a knee to the body when Edgar shot for a takedown. Right hook by Aldo. Blood trickling down above Edgar’s right eye. He tags Aldo with a solid right hook. Aldo connects with a massive right. Edgar answers with a one-two combination. Aldo scores with another right as Edgar misses on another takedown try. Aldo starting to find his counter punching groove. Edgar catches a knee but can’t get the takedown.
5thRound scores it: Aldo, 10-9
3rdRound: Edgar is landing a lot of leg kicks, but Aldo doesn’t seem to be affected by them. Right hand by Edgar. Edgar gets a body lock, but Aldo just overpowers him and throws him away. Edgar has him pressed against the cage. They trade solid punches in the pocket. Edgar is having a tough time closing the distance. Vicious right hand by Aldo. Edgar answers with a right of his won. Edgar trying for another takedown. Right hand by Edgar. Aldo ends the round with his trademark leg kick.
5thRound scores it: Aldo, 10-9.
4thRound: Edgar scores with two straight left jabs. Edgar finding success with combinations this round. Left hook for Edgar. Aldo hasn’t done much through three minutes. Heavy right hand by Aldo. Aldo nails him with a combination. They trade right hands. Aldo’s conditioning doesn’t appear to be a problem tonight. Left jab by Aldo. Aldo briefly drops him with a right.
5thRound scores it: Aldo, 10-9.
5thRound: Edgar’s mug is bloodied. Aldo’s face looks like the fight hasn’t even started yet. Edgar needs a finish here, I believe. Left by Aldo. Edgar counters with a leg kick. Edgar blocks a high kick but Aldo’s so powerful it still rattled his head. Aldo wobbles him with an overhand right. Edgar needs a miracle. Aldo looked very sharp tonight. Edgar flashes a look of disappointment as he misses on a right.
5thRound scores it: Aldo, 10-9, and likely captured the interim title, 49-46.
Daniel Cormier Defeats Anderson Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
1stRound: Silva is circling the outside of the cage. Silva’s ankles are taped, which I believe is a first for him in the UFC. Cormier easily gets a takedown in under one minute. Cormier making him feel his weight advantage. Cormier stacking him against the cage. Cormier getting some decent ground-and-pound. Crowd starting to boo. Big body shots by Cormier. Silva not doing much to try and get out from the bottom. Cormier turning up the heat now. Silva doing a decent job of avoiding damage.
5thRound scores it: Cormier, 10-9.
2ndRound: Silva starts off with a head kick. Cormier answers with a right hand. Silva is more active on his feet, as Cormier smiles at him. Cormier easily puts him on his back again, this time in the center of the cage. Crowd immediately voices their displeasure. Silva pretty much has given up once he’s on his back. Referee “Big” John McCarthy stands them up for inactivity. Silva looks exhausted. Cormier clocks him with a right. Silva lands a knee to the face. Left by Silva. Cormier seems like he’s just toying with him because he knows he can take him down at any second. Cormier clinches him against the cage.
5thRound scores it: Cormier, 10-9.
3rdRound: Silva comes out active and firing again. Cormier seems willing to exchange, until it gets dangerous. Oh, would you look at that. Cormier gets a takedown and the crowd lets him have it. Cormier has sucked all of the air out of the arena, but it’s not his fault. Why trade with Silva when planting him on his back is so easy? So, three more minutes of this… They get stood up with two to go. Silva’s gassed, and it’s understandable. Silva in hot pursuit in the last minute. He hurts Cormier with a knee to the body. He got sloppy going for the kill and allows Cormier to clinch him against the fence. Crowd boos.
5thRound scores it: Cormier, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Brock Lesnar Defeats Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
1stRound: Man, Lesnar is massive. Lesnar staying on the outside, being very cautious of Hunt’s firepower. Hunt ready to unload when Lesnar shoots. Not much action in the first minute. Lesnar ducks under a bomb. Lesnar dives for a single-leg takedown. He picks Hunt up and drops him for a brief moment. Lesnar is leaning on him against the fence. Two minutes to go. Crowd starting to boo. Lesnar gets a takedown and lands in side-control. Lesnar dropping hammerfists. Lesnar nails him with a knee to the side. Lesnar really laying the lumber. Hunt escapes, but is dumped right back down.
5thRound scores it: Hunt, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hunt is hunting him down, looking to land some leather. If he gets taken down again this round, it might be over. Hunt thwarts a takedown attempt. Lesnar ducks under a bomb and misses on a takedown try. Lesnar might be slowing. Lesnar has been warned for his fingers, Hunt for grabbing the fence. Lesnar gets a hold of him and goes for a single-leg against the fence. Close round.
5thRound scores it: Hunt, 10-9.
3rdRound: Hunt scores with an overhand right. Lesnar gets a hold of a leg and dumps Hunt on the ground. Lesnar in half-guard landing lefts. A lot of them. Lesnar could easily move to full-mount but hasn’t tried. He finally advances to full-mount with two minutes to go. Lesnar unloading rights to the dome. One minute left, but there’s now way Hunt can get back up unless they get stood up. Lesnar doing more than enough to prevent that, though.
5thRound scores it: Lesnar, 10-9, and should win, 29-28.
Amanda Nunes Defeats Miesha Tate via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16 in the 1stRound (Nunes captures UFC bantamweight title)
1stRound: Herb Dean is the third person in the cage. Tate takes the center of the octagon. Nunes scores the first point with a leg kick. Tate eats a right hook. Tate gets a takedown for a brief moment. Nunes is touching Tate up big time. Tate appears wobbled. Nunes has rocked her. Nunes drops her, but Tate gets back up. Tate is out on her feet. Nunes takes her down and gets a body lock. She slaps on a rear-naked choke. Tate taps!