LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar returned from a 4 1/2-year UFC absence with a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Hunt, and Amanda Nunes took the bantamweight title from Miesha Tate with a stunning first-round stoppage at UFC 200 on Saturday night.
Jose Aldo also won a competitive decision over Frankie Edgar to claim the interim featherweight title on the UFC’s star-studded landmark show.
Daniel Cormier dominated a decision over Anderson Silva, who took the fight on two days’ notice after Jon Jones was dropped from the main event for failing a drug test.
While Brazil’s Nunes shocked Tate in the main event, the hulking Lesnar (6-3) was the greatest curiosity on the card. The pro wrestler earned his first mixed martial arts victory since July 2010, dominating Hunt with wrestling skill and sheer mass.
A pair of huge news items dropped on Saturday night during UFC 199.
First came the fight announcement that everyone has been waiting for. We’re finally going to see a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 20th.
The fight was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200, but McGregor was pulled from the fight after refusing to leave his training to do mandatory promotion for the event.
Then came a bombshell that even caught Joe Rogan off guard.
At the tail end of a fantastic video package promoting UFC 200, there was a shot of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar standing in the cage ready to fight, which is exactly what he will do at the T-Mobile Arena on July 9th.
Lesnar is currently under contract with WWE, who released a statement about Brock’s participation in the octagon:
“Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200. Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.”
The last time Lesnar stepped foot in the cage was back in 2011 when he lost to Alistair Overeem after battling a serious case of diverticulitis.
Welp, he’s back.
Just two days after UFC featherweight champion announced his intentions to retire on Twitter, Conor McGregor typed a lengthy post on Facebook that outlined the issues that led him to cause quite a stir on social media.
“The Notorious One’s” reflection on Facebook started with the champ admitting that his focus has shifted from fighting to promoting.
“I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting,” McGregor said. “There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.”
McGregor’s aura of invincibility was damaged when he tapped out to Nate Diaz in the second round of the main event at UFC 196 in early March. Now it appears as though he’s ready to properly train for a fight that is two weight classes above the one that he holds a title in.
“I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time.”
If you’re expecting to see the typical showmanship from McGregor when he steps into the cage for a rematch with Diaz, you’re likely going to be disappointed.
“I can not dance for you this time,” McGregor says. “It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here.”
He closed his statement with this emphatic quote: “I AM NOT RETIRED.”
But now the question is, will Dana White allow him to fight Diaz at UFC 200?