UFC 200 Changes
CBS Sports – UFC 200 card shuffled: Anderson Silva replaces Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier
“The Spider” will be the fill-in for this three-round bout on Saturday but that’s not the only change Dana White has made to UFC 200.
“The Spider” is coming back for UFC’s biggest event. Anderson Silva will take on Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday, replacing Jon Jones, who was removed from the card for a possible anti-doping violation.
Silva was scheduled to fight at UFC 198 against Uriah Hall but suffered an abdominal injury in camp that required surgery. He was out for six weeks but now appears to be healthy and ready to go. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on his Twitter account Thursday night.
The fight will take place at 205 pounds and will be a three-round, non-title fight. Silva usually fights at 185 pounds, but he has been known to jump up to 205. Silva knocked out both Forrest Griffin (2009) and Stephan Bonnar (2012) in the first round while fighting at 205 pounds.
Silva is 0-3-1 in his last four fights since losing the middleweight title to Chris Weidman in 2013.
That was not the only change White made to the UFC 200 card on Thursday, however. He also announced that Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes will be the new main event, citing Tate deserving the spotlight for taking the belt off Holly Holm, who defeated Ronda Rousey.
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt will remain the co-main event, with Silva-Cormier slotting third on the card followed by Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, and so on.
What a whirlwind the last 48 hours have been. Jon Jones removed from UFC 200 for popping 2 banned PEDs, Anderson Silva stepping up to fight Daniel Cormier, and UFC 200 card shuffling with the new main event being Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes. With UFC 200 prelims starting in about 30 hours from now, it wouldn’t surprise me if there are other changes still to come.