UFC 200 Delivered Surprises All Across The Board

By Kendrick E. Johnson

Las Vegas — After the woman’s bantamweight championship fight was elevated to the main event of UFC 200, many people expected Miesha “Cupcake” Tate to steal the show.

Sadly, for Tate and her fans, it was Brazilian Amanda Nunes stealing the show and is the UFC female fighter that everyone is now talking about. The American Top Team product used nasty combos to break Tate’s nose to set up a rear-naked choke for a first-round submission win over Miesha Tate to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title at T-Mobile Arena:

“I feel amazing,” said Nunes, who along with Tate replaced Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in the main event after Jones was pulled for a doping violation Wednesday. “Every fighter has something to change to evolve. I am this kind of fighter. I always have to work to try to make things happen in my life. Everybody knows that I respect Miesha a lot, but I’m the new champion.”

Nunes (13-4) became the third fighter in the last eight months since Ronda Rousey lost the belt to become the queen of the 135-pound division.

For the former champion, Tate, it’s back to the drawing board after losing her first fight since her 2013 loss to Rousey in their rematch.

“Right now I’m going to go and get my thoughts back together and regroup before getting back to the gym,” Tate said. “I always come back stronger from these things. I will come back stronger, I promise you. I will come back strong from this.”

In the co-main event, Brock Lesnar proved once again just how much of a freak athlete he really is. As the former UFC heavyweight champion, made a successful return to the Octagon on Saturday, defeating Mark Hunt via unanimous decision.

Despite being able to use his wrestling skills to take Hunt down at will, Lesnar (6-3), admitted it took a minute to get his groove back after being out of the Octagon for nearly five years.

“Oh, man, it took me a little while to get acclimated,” Lesnar said. “Words can’t describe it. Thank you, everybody. Thanks so much.”

WWE fans shouldn’t be worried, as the “Incarnate Beast” will be returning to the squared circle to take on Randy Orton at Summerslam next month in Brooklyn. UFC president Dana White said afterwards on SportsCenter that Saturday’s fight was a one-time deal because of Lesnar’s contract with WWE but added, “That doesn’t mean we couldn’t do something again in the future.”

With all the drama surrounding Jones’ USADA suspension, Cormier was fortunate to take on one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time in Anderson Silva.

Although there was a lot of buzz surrounding the once in a lifetime matchup, the fight was a complete dud as fan booed Cormier for laying on Silva most of the fight. Cormier (18-1), who is the current UFC light heavyweight champion, used his size and superior wrestling skills to ride out a decision over the past his prime former middleweight kingpin Silva (33-8).

The Louisiana native, Cormier, was excited about getting his hand raised but admitted the week of curveballs messed him up.

“I have been training for a specific guy for eight weeks,” Cormier said. “It is very difficult to switch opponents. (Silva) is the greatest fighter we have ever seen. I did what I had to do.”

While Cormier was pondering his next move, Silva was happy to pass a personal test.

“This was a big personal challenge for me,” Silva said. “I had no time to get ready. This is why you can do anything you want to, anything you put your mind to.”