LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 200 event.
The card features a heavyweight fight between former champ Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt in the main event following Wednesday’s cancellation of the light heavyweight title unification bout between champ Daniel Cormier and interim champ Jon Jones. Live result UFC 200.
. The card takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Rafael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez will fight for the UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC’s first show on UFC 200 week.
Dos Anjos was considered something of a journeyman fighter back in 2011, with a 4-4 UFC record. He then went on a remarkable surge. Dos Anjos would win 10 of his next 11 UFC fights, forcing himself into the UFC lightweight title picture and capturing the title in a major upset and dominant performance over Anthony Pettis. Dos Anjos now seeks his second title defense.
Eddie Alvarez is a rugged Philadelphia fighter, known for epic brawls early in his career for promotions like Dream and Bellator. He finally made his way to UFC, where he has altered his style. By neutralizing Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis in dull, split-decision wins, he earned himself a title shot against Dos Anjos. It’s the opportunity he has sought for many years. Live result UFC 200.
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Round 1. Alvarez opens with a hard leg kick. Alvarez lands another moments later. Dos Anjos looks to establish his jab and then throws a hard leg kick of his own to the inside. Dos Anjos is pushing the pace while Alvarez circles on the outside. Dos Anjos throws a high kick that misses. Alvarez goes for a takedown but Dos Anjos threatens with a choke, gets up, and lands a knee to the head on the break. Dos Anjos then shoots for a takedown of his own halfway through the round. Alvarez blocks that. Dos Anjos lands a big head kick. Alvarez staggers Dos Anjos with a massive right hand and looks to finish. He punishes Dos Anjos with a series of huge hooks and Dos Anjos is just trying to hang on. Dos Anjos is in big trouble. Alvarez goes for a flying knee but falls down in the process and Dos Anjos takes top position. Alvarez gets back up. He goes back to work with punches up against the cage. Dos Anjos doesn’t go down but is out on his feet and the fight is stopped. Alvarez wins.
Joe Duffy was well respected when he entered into UFC competition, having accumulated a 12-1 record including a submission over UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Duffy backed up the hype with a pair of first-round victories in UFC competition. UFC, seeing something in Duffy, put him in a high-profile showdown with elite lightweight Dustin Poirier. Poirier proved to be too much for Duffy, dominating him thoroughly and earning a unanimous decision win.
There was some question how Duffy would rebound from such a decisive loss. Duffy’s answer was emphatic, as he fought like the Poirier fight never happened. In a 25-second demolition, Duffy ran through Mitch Clarke with ease. Duffy connected with a powerful looping punch that dropped Clarke. He followed with a few punches on the ground that connected perfectly, forcing Clarke to turn his back. From there, Duffy locked up a rear naked choke submission almost instantaneously against a submission specialist who had never lost via submission previously. It was a statement victory for Duffy (15-2). Live result UFC 200.
Over the course of a distinguished career that goes back 17 years, Mike Pyle has fought many of the sport’s best. Against Quinton Jackson, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, Jake Ellenberger, John Hathaway and Rory MacDonald, Pyle has consistently tested himself. Pyle, 40, may soon be moving on to a new stage in his life, as the respected veteran looked like a shell of himself against the undefeated Alberto Mina.
Mina dropped Pyle with strikes multiple times and took him down as well. In the second round, Mina landed a flying knee and closed the bout with additional punches on the ground. It took Pyle a while to return to his feet after the bout. The setback is Pyle’s third in his last four bouts. For Mina, it’s a second consecutive win over a respected veteran opponent (following a split decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama). Mina’s record stands at 13-0. Live result UFC 200.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha made weight Thursday for their Friday fight for the UFC women’s strawweight title. The champion Jedrzejczyk weighed 114.5 pounds while the challenger Gadelha came in at 115 pounds. The foes spent much of their time on the weigh-in stage yelling at each other and had to be separated by UFC President Dana White.
Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha have one of the most heated rivalries in the sport and are the clear top two fighters in their division to boot. Jedrzejczyk is undefeated and Gadelha only has one loss, a very close decision to the champion Jedrzejczyk. The bout was a controversial one, as many thought Gadelha deserved to win and Gadelha took a swing at Jedrzejczyk after the end of the fight.
The UFC sought to capitalize on the rivalry to elevate the women’s strawweight division, making the two women the coaches for the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Their mutual dislike was evident through the season and spilled over into an off-camera fight at the end of taping.
All fighters for the Friday event made weight. In addition to the title bout main event, the other top fights include the finals of the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Andrew Sanchez (199.5 pounds) will face Khalil Rountree (205.5 pounds) in the men’s final while Tatiana Suarez (115.5 pounds) will battle Amanda Cooper (116 pounds) in the women’s final. The show also features the anticipated UFC debut of Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks (156), who takes on veteran Ross Pearson (155.5).
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