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UFC 200 is now less than two weeks from going down and the UFC is ramping up the promotional machine.

The latest ad for the event serves as a reminder of the all-out effort made to build the card into a milestone event in more than just a big, round number.

UFC 200 takes place July 9 at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena, and the PPV main card follows prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) rematches interim champ Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). Former heavyweight champ and current WWE star Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to battle Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) in the co-main event. Also, women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) looks for her first title defense when she takes on challenger Amanda Nunes (12-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and the interim featherweight title is up for grabs when ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) takes on former titleholder Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC)

The ad features some truly remarkable numbers from the card, including:

  • Three current UFC champions
  • Six former UFC champions
  • Former champions from K-1 and Pride
  • Three former winners from “The Ultimate Fighter”
  • 93 combined Fight Night bonuses

Check out the ad above and get hyped for what the UFC is calling the “biggest, badest card ever.”

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When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stages UFC 200 on July 9,  2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will be pulling out all the stops.

After all, the historic and monumental event is set to go down as the most stacked pay-per-view (PPV) in the history of the company and the sport. And with the big names set to participate on the card, it’s safe to assume it will be the “biggest, baddest card ever.”

Highlighted by a main event pitting Daniel Cormier defending his Light Heavyweight belt against Jon Jones, UFC 200 will also feature a co-main event between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt.

In fact, the deck is so stacked that two other title fights are playing second fiddle to Lesnar’s return, as Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will vie for the interim Featherweight strap while Miesha Tate looks to defends her Bantamweight strap against Amanda Nunes.

And when you add the likes of Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Takanori Gomi, Travis Browne and many more, the event has a making of a memorable night of fights.

As described in the latest promotional video embedded above, the event will feature three current UFC champions, six former UFC champions, one former K-1 champion, one former PRIDE FC champion, three Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winners, and 93 “Fight Night” bonuses combined.


Expect for more promo videos to be dished out as the event draws nearer, until then, to see the most up-to-date UFC 200 fight card.

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Justin Wren has fought on some of the biggest stages in MMA and has traveled the world. For all his travels, he can still be surprised.

Now a heavyweight in Bellator, Wren (12-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) attended WSOF 31 to corner teammate Josh Copeland (12-4) in his main event bid for Blagoy Ivanov’s (14-1) heavyweight title.

The thrilling bout quickly turned into a bloodbath. Copeland suffered a nasty cut below his eye in the first round. It was at that point, Wren told MMAjunkie, things went sideways.

“First and foremost, this is no excuse for Josh’s performance, he fought his heart out,” Wren said. “But we were left hanging by, what I consider, the worst experience I’ve ever had with a cutman. … He told us, ‘I’m so experienced. I’ve been around the game for a long time. Sorry if I messed up the first round, but we fixed him up after the second round.’ But, for a world title fight against Ivanov, our cutman was paying attention to Ivanov instead of our corner.”

According to Wren, no one in Copeland’s corner could track down the cutman when he was most desperately needed.

“Literally, me and Jake Ramos – head coach at Grudge with Trevor Whitman – we were yelling for the cutman; our other two two cornermen who aren’t in the cage are yelling for the cutman because Josh has a two-inch gash under his eye,” Wren said. “From the right side to the left side. He’s getting stitches right now. We’re yelling for the cutman and he’s nowhere to be found. After the end of the first round, we’re walking out to start the second round and he starts walking up to our corner after the first round is over. We asked where he was and he said, ‘I was paying attention to Ivanov.’ Do your job. This is a world title fight.”

The issue, Wren said, was the lack of attention leading to a bad cut getting worse. Copeland required nine stitches after the bout to close the cut.

When the cutman didn’t show in the corner, the wound was left untreated, and without the aid of vaseline and other treatments, the skin continued to tear over the second round.

“The cut got twice as bad after the first round because he got no attention,” Wren said. “It’s a world title fight. He says, “I made up for it didn’t I after the second round?’ No. It’s a world title fight. Don’t leave us hanging. It could have caused a stoppage. Ivanov’s almost did. It makes zero attention at this level in a world title fight. Why isn’t a cutman attending to his fighter in his corner?”

For complete coverage of WSOF 31, check out the MMA Eventssection of the site.

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Sometimes, a fighter can lose his or her status as the greatest of all time in the wake of a career-defining loss.

But in mixed martial arts (MMA), a combatant can also get “exposed” with a win (just ask Joe Rogan). That’s why Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is a “bum” who no longer holds a place on Mt. Olympus.

Longtime rival Daniel Cormier explains to TMZ:

“I call him a bum, he does not like that. Because he feels he’s the greatest fighter of all time and for me to call him that, it goes against everything that he believes, so I’m calling him a bum again. He is a bum. After that last fight he doesn’t deserve to be called the greatest of all time anymore. He looked terrible in his last fight.”

Jones won an uninspired decision over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197.

Now that “Bones” has shaken off the cobwebs following his year on the sidelines, he’ll get the chance to settle his score with Cormier and prove he is, in fact, not a bum in the main event of UFC 200, which takes place on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more on that upcoming rematch click here.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

Fedor Emelianenko is close to signing a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This time, though, “The Last Emperor” says it’s the real deal, revealing on “The MMA Hour” that the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has extended an offer to him.

“Yes,” Emelianenko said via a translator. “In a word, yes. That possibility does exist,” confirmed the former PRIDE FC Heavyweight champ as transcribed by MMA Fighting.

“I always wanted to fight for UFC and I would fight for UFC, but at this moment we’re looking at the deal and the deal has to satisfy both parties — them and my organization,” Emelianenko said. “Until there’s no friction, until we are 100 percent in terms of seeing eye-to-eye, we are all basically in limbo.”

That could explain this and this.

Fedor will next compete at EFN 50 against UFC castaway Fabio Maldonado, which is set to do down this Friday (June 17, 2016) in St. Petersberg, Russia. After the bout, he will be a free agent and free to sign with whomever he pleases. Remember, Fedor recently stated that he’d be open to fighting Brock Lesnar if the opportunity presented itself, and it’s something that still holds true for the Russian-born combatant.

Emelianenko will be represented by Kamil Gadzheiv, an EFN exec, who will assist Fedor in his next contract negotiations. Despite several failed attempts in the past, Fedor says this time around, he is closer than ever to putting pen to paper with UFC.

“Right now, I’m much closer compared to when I just came back to MMA,” Emelianenko said. … “Yes, we did receive an offer. But, there are some finer points that we wanted to discuss.”

If those points have to do with co-promotion, it seems UFC is all about that these days.

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Although he has a fight signed for this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia, it looks like MMA fans might finally see the legendary Fedor Emelianenko inside the Octagon in the near future.

MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” on Monday to promote his fight against Fabio Maldonado, which serves as the main event for Fight Nights 50 this weekend, airing live on UFC Fight Pass and spoke about the possibility of signing with the UFC.

“Let me put it this way, on June 18th, I’m open for negotiations with all promotions,” Fedor said through a translator.

According to Fedor, he has received an offer from the UFC, however he is still working over some of the “finer points” in the contract before he makes things official.

Additionally, Fedor made it clear that he is no longer associated with M-1’s Vadim Finkelstein, who UFC President Dana White dubbed, “Va-Dummy,” because he felt he was the reason Fedor never came to an agreement with UFC in the past.

When asked if he was closer than ever before to signing with the UFC, Fedor Emelianenko answered through a translator, “The short answer is ‘Yes.'”

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabio Maldonado headlines Fight Nights 50 this Friday, June 17, 2016 from St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Frankie Edgar isn’t one for trash-talk, but the former UFC lightweight champion isn’t willing to sit idly by while an opponent takes verbal potshots.

Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) faces Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at UFC 200. The rematch is for the interim featherweight title and takes place on the pay-per-view main card of the July 9 event at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

The two first met at UFC 156, with Aldo taking the unanimous decision by scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47.

During a recent media appearance, Aldo criticized Edgar’s characterization of the fight as being a “close decision” and said he defeated the New Jersey native with only one arm.

That view of the fight didn’t sit well with Edgar, who told he doesn’t see Aldo ever fighting injured. He pointed to the former featherweight champ’s history of withdrawing from scheduled bouts due to injury.

“We were supposed to fight earlier, and he had a little boo-boo on his foot from a motorcycle accident, and we had to reschedule,” Edgar said. “I highly doubt he’s ever fought injured If he did, he must fight injured all the time because how much does this guy pull out of fights?”

Aldo pulled out of his first scheduled UFC bout when a neck injury knocked him from UFC 125. He also pulled out of planned bouts at UFC 176 and UFC 189.

Aldo’s 18-fight winning streak was snapped in his most recent bout, a 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Edgar, meanwhile, is riding a five-fight winning streak dating back to his loss to Aldo – his only defeat since moving to the featherweight division.

For more on UFC 200, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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