UFC GYM's Favorite Moments from UFC 200
On Saturday July 9, UFC reached an incredible milestone in its 23-year history. UFC 200 was not just an impressive collection of great bouts but it was a celebration of how far the sport has evolved to become the largest and best form of combat sports in the world.
Fighters put in weeks of preparation, and for Anderson Silva, just two days, to get on the historic card the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. To celebrate the event we list our 5 favorite moments from UFC 200 in what was a memorable night of MMA action.
Impressive Wins in the Prelims
Early in the night, two Ultimate Fighter Winners went toe-to-toe with two Octagon veterans, and they secured a win and a higher spot in their respective divisions.
Kelvin Gastelum defeated Johny Hendricks by decision in a welterweight bout and Juliana Pena toppled Cat Zingano in the women’s bantamweight match. Both winners showed incredible heart against the experienced fighters who were looking to get back atop their division’s championship picture.
Pena went the distance against Zingano but thanks to Pena’s Brazilian jiu jitsu training, she was able to outwork Zingano. And Gastelum outstriked the former welterweight champion. The wins put both fighters one fight closer to a championship bout and prove TUF competition is successful path to UFC gold.
Cain Velasquez Keeps Us Spinning
When former two-time UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez entered the Octagon at UFC 200, no one was expecting what they saw, and neither did his opponent Travis Browne. The 240-pound heavyweight showed a new weapon in his arsenal: a spinning wheel kick.
The dazzling kick followed by a flurry of jabs gave Velasquez a KO victory near the end of the first round and puts him back on track from a yearlong absence from the Octagon. Welcome back, Cain! Want to kick like Cain? Try a class like Turbo Kick or take it to the next level with kickboxing skills and techniques training.
Two of the best in UFC history went head-to-head for the second time to become the interim UFC featherweight champion. Frankie Edgar, owner of the UFC GYM in North Brunswick, NJ, became the first UFC fighter to log six hours of time in the Octagon, a testament to his strength and conditioning. Ultimately, Jose Aldo won the fight, in a five round decision.
The fight didn’t have any jaw-dropping moments like Velasquez’s kick, but it sets up a likely rematch between Aldo and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
The Second Coming of Brock Lesnar
For the first time since 2011, Brock Lesnar returned the Octagon and made his highly anticipated return to UFC and defeated Top 10 heavyweight contender, Mark Hunt. Last year, Lesnar announced his MMA retirement and decided to continue his career in WWE, but the former UFC heavyweight champion could not resist the urge to return for one more bout. His return plus the historic UFC 200 event made for a perfect combination and Lesnar did not disappoint.
Lesnar won via UD, in the three round bout. The win puts Lesnar in an interesting position: He has a contract commitment set with WWE, but he’s now also a contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division after winning a “one-off” match. Lesnar is unclear if he’ll continue his MMA career, but after his scheduled WWE bout against Randy Orton at SummerSlam next month, we can only assume Lesnar will look for one more “one-off” bout in MMA.
The UFC 200 Main Event
In another example of the UFC’s evolution, UFC 200 ended with two women headlining the epic event. Although he originally opposed it, Dana White has said having women in the sport was the best decision he’s made. Today, the UFC has two women divisions and a wealth of talented competitors in just four years.
UFC women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate took on Amanda Nunes and within the first round Nunes showed off her punching power, breaking the champ’s nose. The flurry continued and Nunes took Tate in a rear naked choke to become the first female Brazilian UFC champion.
Nunes’ win paints an interesting picture of the women’s bantamweight division: in its last three bouts, we’ve seen three new champions crowned. It shows the excitement of the division and makes us wonder when and if Ronda Rousey will return to the Octagon.