Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes is new UFC 200 main event

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UFC 200 is getting a face lift, and things are looking historic.

With Jon Jones out of the UFC 200 picture due to a potential US Anti-Doping Agency violated, it was assumed that Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt would be the new main event. While this is a massive fight, it isn’t for a title and it features a man who hasn’t fought in the Octagon for years. These changes also left light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier without an opponent. However, all that has been rectified.

Just today, UFC president Dana White announced that Anderson Silva would be taking on Daniel Cormier in a three-round fight at 205lbs. No title would be on the line, but at least the fans would still see a stylistically intriguing match-up between two dominant fighters, and Cormier’s training camp wouldn’t have been for nothing.

While this is big news, another seems more impactful: Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes will headline UFC 200. These women will be fighting for the women’s bantamweight title, and White felt that it would only be fitting that they headline the card; not Lesnar vs. Hunt, not Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, not Cormier vs. Silva.

This doesn’t just mark a great honor for Nunes and Tate but also a milestone of how far the sport has come since UFC 100.

In 2009, when UFC 100 took place, women fighting in the UFC wasn’t even in the conversation. Now, seven years later, we have a women’s title fight headlining what is touted as the company’s biggest card to date, which features a who’s who of former champions and current stars.

The UFC 200 card may not be the card we were expecting, but it’s historic value seems intact.

Photo via Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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