UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes – Main Card Tale of the Tape and Guest Panel Predictions

UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes – Main Card Tale of the Tape and Guest Panel Fight Predictions
By PDG Staff

 

This weekend as a part of International Fight Week the UFC brings fans the biggest, baddest fight card ever on paper that is, UFC 200, and hopefully this stacked and jacked card will deliver for the fans. One road bump has already come and gone as former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones was set to return to the Octagon for a chance to recapture his title against current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier but once again shot himself in the foot as he was removed from the card this week for a possible USADA violation. Stepping in on three days notice is arguably one of the best mixed martial artists to ever fight in the Octagon, Anderson Silva. Cormier and Silva will fight in a non-title three round fight. With that change to the card, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship featuring Miesha Tate versus Amanda Nunez will headline this historic event.

In the co-main event, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar makes his return to UFC and will face the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt in a fight few expect to go more than one round. Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will fight in rematch for the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship. Aldo won the first match-up at UFC 156 via unanimous decision but this will be his first fight after a devastating KO loss to Conor McGregor back in December at UFC 194. The main card will be rounded out with another heavyweight tilt featuring another former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez, as he takes on Travis Browne in a heavyweight contender eliminator bout.

So, welcome to the PunchDrunkGamer.com UFC 200 Tale of the Tape and Guest Panel Predictions from fighters, celebrities, industry superstars and more!
 

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Miesha Tate (c) (18-5) vs. Amanda Nunes (12-4)
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship

 

Wes Sims (23-14-1-2, UFC Veteran) – “Miesha Tate will keep her title and beat Nunes.”

Andy Main (11-2-1-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Tate by grindy wrestling and a submission late in the fight.”

Dr. John Fitzgerald (The Blood Doc) – “Miesha Tate by decision to retain the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.”

Chris Bradford (Muay Thai Fighter/Owner/Head Trainer – Top Tier Muay Thai) – “Tate is too strong with her hands. She will win with a TKO.”

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “Tate isn’t going to lose her belt.”

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “Got to pick Miesha on this one. I am thinking it will be a five-round decision.”

Tom Atencio (2-0, Co-Founder of Affliction and Vice President of Affliction Entertainment) – “Miesha Tate will still be champion.”
 

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Brock Lesnar (5-3) vs. Mark Hunt (12-10-1)

 

Dan Severn (101-19-7, Former UFC Champion, PRIDE FC Veteran, UFC Hall of Fame) – “The only fight that I will put my 2 cents worth in is the Brock versus Mark fight. I think it will be a 1st round knockout for Mark Hunt. And if he would of sought me out, I would of personally worked with him, and would of guaranteed a 1st round KO. If Brock is smart (key word here is “if”), he will clinch Mark, or jam him up against the cage wall for a takedown and go into ground and pound mode (aka “Donkey Kong”). Cardio is not a good thing for Brock. The longer the match goes it will stack up for Mark. Beast Out!”

Dr. John Fitzgerald (The Blood Doc) – “Brock Lesnar by decision.”

Wes Sims (23-14-1-2, UFC Veteran) – “I am going to take Mark Hunt.”

Lew Polley (12-7, Bellator MMA and BAMMA Veteran) – Pick: Mark Hunt
Why: Mark Hunt has consistently been battle tested. He has been more active. He has dynamite in his hands and a granite chin. Brock is one dimensional and doesn’t take getting punched very well. Also, I think Hunt is more athletic than he gets credit for.

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “The UFC has done a great job putting a great fight card together from top to bottom even with Jon Jones no longer being involved. I think that Mark Hunt will win this fight by KO in 2nd round.”

Tom Atencio (2-0, Co-Founder of Affliction and Vice President of Affliction Entertainment) – “Mark Hunt plain and simple.”

Andy Main (11-2-1-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Another walk off knockout for Hunt.”

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “Going with Brock on this one by decision due to the punishment Hunt can absorb if taken to the ground. If Hunt can keep it standing though Brock is in trouble.”

Chris Bradford (Muay Thai Fighter/Owner/Head Trainer – Top Tier Muay Thai) – “Hunt will simply TKO Brock. People just don’t fathom the fact that Brock doesn’t like to be punched.”
 

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Daniel Cormier (17-1) vs. Anderson Silva (33-7-1)
Three-Round Non-Title Light Heavyweight Fight

 

Pat Miletich (29-7-2, First UFC Welterweight Champion, Founder Miletich Fighting Systems, UFC Hall of Fame) – “Cormier by Grizzly on Gazelle.”

L. Jon Wertheim (Executive Editor at Sports Illustrated) – “Daniel Cormier will take this fight via decision.”

Chris Bradford (Muay Thai Fighter/Owner/Head Trainer – Top Tier Muay Thai) – “With the change of opponent I think that it will upset Cormier but he will be too big for Silva and Cormier will win by Unanimous Decision.”

Elvis Sinosic (The King of Rock & Rumble) – “This is a match for the ages. For years people wanted to know how Anderson Silva, then the Middleweight Champion, would do against the Light Heavyweight Champion, then Jon Jones. Two dominating champions going at it to see who is the best. Now Daniel Cormier is the champion but a very different stylistic fighter than what Jones was, fast hands, the power of a HW and some of the best wrestling in the UFC. A more grinding wrestling based skill set. Anderson Silva still fighting using his Matrix skills to disguise his declining physical attributes. In his prime, Anderson with his pinpoint accuracy and power would have been a worthy adversary. But now he’s no longer the fighter he used to be. Running on a long loss streak, recovering from a broken leg (And a failed PED test in there) he’s no longer the fighter he once was, he’s a shadow of his former self. His fans all hope that he can recapture the glory he once displayed, myself included, but alas it is most likely a wishful dream. He’s facing Daniel Cormier, the best LHW outside of the recently disgraced Jon Jones. A fighter who’s crushed HW opponents as well as dominating every other LHW he’s faced. Daniel is also coming off a camp where he was preparing for the rematch to avenge the one loss he has on his record. He is a man driven to win and prove he is the best facing another man who wants to recapture his former glory. We can all hope but hope will dwindle quickly once the match begins. Expect Cormier to drive Anderson up against the fence and then take him down and punish him with GNP. He won’t give Anderson the room to play his game. He will smother and grind Anderson until the referee steps in and stops the match. Daniel will walk away the victor, though may still feel hollow in the performance knowing the one man he wanted got away from him. Daniel Cormier via TKO.”

James Krause (23-7, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Cormier with the decision – 30-27.”

Eric Red Shafer (13-8-2, UFC Veteran) – “Daniel Cormier… He’s already been training for a taller fighter, so he’ll adjust well and take Anderson down every round.”

Drew McFedries (12-7, UFC Veteran) – “Taking Silva.”

Freddy Assuncao (9-1, Titan FC and WSOF Veteran) – “Comier wins but it is MMA. If Silva connects… then it could be a whole different result.”

Greg Nelson (Founder – Minnesota Martial Arts Academy) – “This is going to be a tough fight for Anderson. With Anderson being smaller, not in fight shape, coming back after surgery. Not too mention Cormier having come off a great training camp to fight Jon Jones. I predict this one for Cormier! Of course, Anderson has a puncher’s chance with his laser beam hands, but there is too much stacked against him.”
 

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Jose Aldo (25-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (20-4-1)
Interim UFC Featherweight Championship

 

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “I like Frankie on this one. He seems unstoppable as of late and I think his high pace will be the difference. Frankie by decision.”

Wes Sims (23-14-1-2, UFC Veteran) – “Frankie Edgar will win the belt.”

Lew Polley (12-7, Bellator MMA and BAMMA Veteran) – Pick: Frankie Edgar
Why: Frankie has a chip on his shoulder, has the wrestling advantage and he is able to grind a fighter out. Jose has not looked the same as of late.

Chris Bradford (Muay Thai Fighter/Owner/Head Trainer – Top Tier Muay Thai) – “Frankie all the way.”

Andy Main (11-2-1-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Edgar by decision.”

Tom Atencio (2-0, Co-Founder of Affliction and Vice President of Affliction Entertainment) – “Frankie Edgar (although I want Jose Aldo to win).”

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “I think Edger wins via decision. Frankie can beat any 145er on the planet when given the opportunity.”

Dr. John Fitzgerald (The Blood Doc) – “Frankie Edgar by decision to win the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship.”
 

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Cain Velasquez (13-2) vs. Travis Browne (18-3-1)

 

Jesse Finney (5-1, Owner of Finney’s H.I.T. Squad Gym) – “Cain by Decision.”

Lew Polley (12-7, Bellator MMA and BAMMA Veteran) – Pick: Coin Toss
Why: Cain has not looked the same and has been injured often. Travis is very tough but uses questionable game plans. Cain has the wrestling and cardio advantage. With that being said – slight advantage Cain.”

Wes Sims (23-14-1-2, UFC Veteran) – “Velasquez.”

Andy Main (11-2-1-1, The Ultimate Fighter Alum) – “Velasquez by decision.”

Dr. John Fitzgerald (The Blood Doc) – “Travis Browne by Knockout!”

Paul Bradley (23-6-2, Strikeforce, Bellator and UFC Veteran) – “Got Cain by first round KO. I think he will come out guns a blazing after his last performance.”
 


 

UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes – Fight Card:
July 9, 2016
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas Nevada

 

Main Card (PPV):

Miesha Tate (c) (18-5) vs. Amanda Nunes (12-4) – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Brock Lesnar (5-3) vs. Mark Hunt (12-10-1)
Daniel Cormier (17-1) vs. Anderson Silva (33-7-1) – Three-round non-title light heavyweight fight.
Jose Aldo (25-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (20-4-1) – Interim UFC Featherweight Championship
Cain Velasquez (13-2) vs. Travis Browne (18-3-1)
 
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1):

Cat Zingano (9-1) vs. Julianna Peña (7-2)
Johnny Hendricks (17-4) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (11-2)
TJ Dillashaw (12-3) vs. Raphael Assuncao (23-4)
Sage Northcutt (7-1) vs. Enrique Marin (8-3)
 
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass):

Diego Sanchez (26-8) vs. Joe Lauzon (25-11)
Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2) vs. Thiago Santos (13-3)
Jim Miller (25-8, 1 NC) vs. Takanori Gomi (35-11, 1 NC)
 

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