We are now on the day before the T-mobile arena in Paradise, Nevada hosts the historic UFC 200. There are more changes coming to this card in the aftermath of the removal of Jon Jones last night for possible anti-doping violation.
It was reported by the official UFC twitter account that Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier. However, once Jon Jones was removed it was announced that Mark Hunt and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will originally main event the historic card. Well, late Thursday night it was announced that Miesha Tate, the current bantamweight champion, and has a title match against Amanda Nunes. They will get the honor to main event the card, thus pushing Lesnar and Hunt to co-main event level. Typically, when there is so much uncertainty with a card and a ton of movement. UFC tends to make the title match main event a card rather than a non-title match.
After Dana made the announcement his reasoning for promoting this woman’s match to the main event level was he felt they deserved. “Miesha is the woman who beat the woman who beat the woman. She is the champ,” White said. “What she accomplished a few fights ago, you can’t disrespect that. She should be the main event. She deserves that.”
Personally, I am a fan of the fact that now in both UFC/ MMA and Professional wrestling women are being given more of a push and are actually dominating in a generally male dominating industry. This is not the first woman UFC fighter to be in the main event position of a card. The face of the woman’s division in UFC, Ronda Rousey was in the main event match in every UFC event she was on. But it is nice to see other women within the division garner some of the limelight.
As of July 8th, here is how the card stands
Main event Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Co-Main event Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar
Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva (replaced Jon Jones after he was pulled Wednesday night)
Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo (interim featherweight title match)
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne