Aldo-Edgar II will decide interim featherweight champ at UFC 200
Published on Wednesday, 3/30/16, at 10:39 p.m. Eastern.
Most of the UFC 200 card was made official during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on Fox Sports 1.
We knew we’d have Diaz-McGregor II, but we’ll also get Edgar-Aldo II. With ‘The Notorious’ fighting Nate in the main event, the promotion has matched up Frankie and Jose for the interim 145-pound belt in a rematch of UFC 156.
Aldo beat Edgar by unanimous decision in what was ‘The Answer’s first fight in the featherweight loop. The winner will presumably fight McGregor to unify the division champ later this year.
For some reason, McGregor and Diaz will fight at welterweight again.
Cain Velasquez, the former two-time heavyweight champ and current No. 1 contender, will collide with seventh-ranked Travis Browne. 5Dimes opened Velasquez as a -300 favorite today, leaving Browne at +220 on the comeback (risk $100 to win $220).
In a middleweight scrap, Gegard Mousasi (-210 at 5Dimes) will take on Derek Brunson, who is a +160 underdog.
Johny Hendricks will meet Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight tilt. Hendricks is coming off a first-round KO loss to Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
Finally, four lightweight veterans whose fights rarely disappoint are set to collide in preliminary matchups. Joe Lauzon will take on Diego ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez, while Jim Miller and former PRIDE 155-pound champ Takanori Gomi will also meet.
There’s still a chance that a third title fight could be added to the show. If the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov can escape their main event in Tampa in mid-April without a major injury, it might get a shot at Rafael dos Anjos’s lightweight strap.
I say we add another light-heavyweight contest. Assuming Jon Jones’s recent run-in with the law that has him behind bars tonight after Tuesday’s arrest for a violation of his probation (what a dumbass this guy is!) doesn’t force Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson to replace Jones and face Daniel Cormier at UFC 197, then let’s throw Johnson at Ovince St. Preux, or set up OSP with Alexander Gustafsson.
Let’s don’t leave out the chicks, either! Let’s go with a rematch of Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm, or throw Holm up against Cat Zingano, who still hasn’t fought since losing to Ronda Rousey in 16 seconds at UFC 184 more than a year ago.
I’m thinking we need a guest Octagon Girl for UFC 200, too. Charlotte McKinney, anyone?