UFC President Dana White stunned the UFC fan base on June 6th when he announced that Brock “The Beast” Lesnar had been added to the fight card for UFC 200. As if the Lesnar surprise wasn’t enough, we learned late on Wednesday that UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been removed from the card. Per the press release:
“According to the UFC, the organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has discovered a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection from Jon Jones.
Because there is insufficient time for a full review before Saturday’s scheduled bout, the fight has been removed from the fight card. As a result, the three-round heavyweight match between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will become the UFC 200 main event.”
Despite loss of Jones, there is little doubt that many fans will tune in to see Lesnar’s return to the octagon. The Beast is one of the legends of the sport. When Brock Lesnar first appeared on the scene, many doubted that the former WWE wrestler could adapt to mixed martial arts, but he quickly proved to be a natural. He defeated numerous opponents, captured the UFC world heavyweight title, and maintained a great record, until finally retiring for health reasons in 2011. However, it is now official, “The Beast” is back.
Lesnar will battle Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt in a match that can be appropriately described as a clash of the titans. Although he’s been out of action for the last few years, Lesnar has assured everyone that he’s ready.
“My prediction is…I’m just going to win. How that happens, I have no idea. I feel well prepared. I’m excited. I’m calm before the storm. And, there will be a storm.”
In addition, make sure to catch Miesha “Cupcake” Tate and Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes battle it out for the women’s bantamweight title, and watch Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, in a highly-anticipated rematch, for the interim featherweight title. We’ve also been told that Daniel Cormier, the current light heavyweight titleholder, will still be in action even with Jones removed from the card. Dana White announced yesterday that Anderson Silva has signed to fight Cormier.
Watch the fight promo below and get info on all of the upcoming matches by visiting the UFC 200 page, where you’ll find behind-the-scenes training footage, interviews with the fighters, and a live stream of pre-fight and post fight events.