No McGregor? How the top fights look now.

On July 9th UFC 200 takes place in Las Vegas Nevada, but it will have a different feel about it with one stand out fighter not seen in the spotlight this time around. Irish megastar Conor McGregor wrote on Twitter last month stating that he had retired from the sport. ‘The Notorious’ stated “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” This statement was not taken lightly by the UFC, as they announced that McGregor had been pulled out of the event and a replacement for him was being sought. Lot’s of talk went around presuming that the UFC would surely reconsider their decision. It was later revealed that UFC President Dana White clarified that McGregor’s removal wasn’t down to his remarks on social media, but down to the Irishman refusing to do a press conference. The drama created by the fighter on April 19th meant that McGregor lost out on being paid $10m to fight.

Since his loss at UFC 196 to the hands of Nate Diaz, McGregor has been seen having talk with retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr, discussing a potential fight with the American. The unbeaten self-proclaimed ‘TBE’ said he would want $100m to fight the 27-year-old, while McGregor stated he wants a “billion-dollar fight” with ‘Money’. Aside from all the attention on these two, UFC 200 is set to be a terrific night of fighting in ‘Sin City’. The T-Mobile Arena will host the much anticipated event, with the three top fights including big names and past history.

Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes

There are some intriguing fights on offer, with Washington’s ‘Cupcake’ Miesha Tate defending her Bantamweight belt against Brazilian Amanda Nunes. The champion should be favourite for this encounter, as she dismantled former champion Holly Holm in the last UFC competition. With this being Nunes’ first ever world title fight, her opponents resume looks in far greater shape than she would’ve hoped for, with Tate being involved in big name fights, such as Holm and, of course, Ronda Rousey. Because of this experience that Tate has to look back on, I don’t believe there will be an upset on the cards in this fight.

Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar

Jose Aldo goes up against Frankie Edgar in a featherweight clash, ranked second on the fight card. Aldo, who suffered a one-punch knockout loss to McGregor in just 13 seconds in December last year, will be hoping to get back on track with a repeated success over the American Edgar. The two met back in early 2013, with Aldo coming out the victor via unanimous decision. Despite Aldo’s devastating loss last year, the Manaus born fighter will be favourite for this matchup, with an impressive 25 wins and just 2 defeats to his name. Edgar’s loss to the Brazilian was his third straight failure in the octagon, but has won 5 contests since then. Aldo will be hoping for success in the ring again since last his defeat, and I think he’ll get what he seeks in this encounter.

Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones

The main event of the evening is the Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against Interim champion Jon Jones. Both American and both have only one loss to their name. However, that one loss for the champion was against Jones, a unanimous decision victory for the challenger. This was Jones’ 8th defence of the title, since winning it back in 2011. Despite beating Cormier and defending his prize, Jones was later stripped of the belt and suspended from the UFC in connection with a hit-and-run incident that he was involved in. This maybe creates more tension ahead of this showdown between two great fighters with respectable records. Deciding on a winner, I think I’d have to go with Jones again to defeat Cormier, purely on the basis that he has been more active in recent months, having fought in April. Another crucial reason is the difference in height. Jones at 6 foot 4 inches is vastly superior to that of Cormier’s frame of 5 foot 11 inches. A further downfall for the champion could be that he hasn’t been in the octagon since October, and also the major aspect is the age difference of nine years in favour of Jones. Surely Cormier can’t keep up with the pace of the 28-year-old at 37? We shall see.

Written by Joe Dutton.

Sources: Conor McGregor Quote – Conor McGregor’s Official Twitter Account

Images – Notey, YouTube, USA Today, Fox Sports, Bloody Elbow, Fight Stylez, Sky Sports and Press Connects


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