UFC 200 will be held on July 9, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
The event will be the first that the organisation has hosted at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016. It will take place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week and mark the second time the UFC will host three events in consecutive days.
A welterweight rematch between The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz and current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was originally expected to headline the event however on April 19th, McGregor tweeting a supposed retirement, the UFC announced that he was pulled from the event and a replacement for him is being sought. UFC President Dana White clarified that McGregor’s removal was related to his refusal to come to a press conference that week, because “he was in Iceland training and didn’t want to ruin his preparation for the fight”. Nate Diaz was also removed from the fight card.
This fight was replaced by a new headliner as a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship unification bout between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones, who is also the current interim champion.
The pairing met previously at UFC 182 in January 2015 with Jones defending his title via unanimous decision. Subsequent to that victory, Jones was stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely from the UFC in connection with a hit-and-run incident that he was involved in.
Cormier replaced him and went on to defeat Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to win the vacant title. Their rematch was originally expected to take place at UFC 197, but Cormier pulled out three weeks before the event due to injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, in what became an interim title bout. Jones went on to defeat Saint Preux by unanimous decision and won the interim title.
The co-main event was announced during the UFC 199 PPV broadcast. It was announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will return to the UFC for his first fight since December 2011. He will face the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former interim title contender Mark Hunt.
A UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Miesha Tate and top contender Amanda Nunes will take place as the third fight on the stacked main card.
The fourth fight on the main card is an interim UFC Featherweight Championship bout between former champion José Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. This will also be a rematch as Aldo defended his title against Edgar at UFC 156 in 2013 via unanimous decision.
Rounding off the incredible main card is a heavyweight bout between former champion Cain Velasquez as he looks to get back to winning ways as he takes on Travis Browne.
In other coveted spots on the card, a women’s bantamweight bout between former UFC Women’s Bantamweight challenger Cat Zingano and TUF 18 winner Julianna Peña will headline the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card whilst a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon will headline the UFC Fight Pass portion of the card.
The full card and confirmed fight order can be found below along with a video preview of the event.
Main Card (PPV)
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones (ic) for the UFC Light Heavyweight title
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Miesha Tate (c) vs. Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title
Featherweight José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC Interim Featherweight title
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assunção
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marín
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi