UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 9, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 08:   (L-R) Opponents Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes of Brazil face off during the UFC 200 weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC 200 is already one of the most memorable cards in the promotion's history, and there hasn't been one punch thrown. 

The top portion of this card has changed three times in two days. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier were supposed to headline this event, but the former was removed from the card after failing a drug test that took place on June 16.

For a time, Cormier was without an opponent, and the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt fight was elevated to the main event. On Thursday evening, UFC president Dana White found a replacement for Jones.

Per Brandon Wise of CBSSports.com, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is stepping up on two days notice to face Cormier, the current light heavyweight champion.

Meanwhile, the main event changed from Lesnar-Hunt to the UFC women's bantamweight title bout featuring champion Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

It's been a wild two days. 

This is the UFC, so things are subject to change, but as of Friday night, the card is as shown below. Predictions for each fight are listed as well:

UFC 200: Event, Card, Date, Time and Predictions
Fight Pass Prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET
FightersWeight ClassPredictions
Jim Miller vs. Takanori GomiLightweightMiller by submission
Thiago Santos vs. Gegard MousasiMiddleweightSantos by TKO
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe LauzonLightweightSanchez by TKO
Fox Sports 1 Prelims at 8 p.m. ET
FightersWeight ClassPrediction
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique MarinLightweightNorthcutt by TKO
TJ Dillashaw vs. Raphael AssuncaoBantamweightDillashaw by decision
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin GastelumWelterweightGastelum by TKO
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna PenaWomen's BantamweightZingano by decision
Main Card at 10 p.m. ET
FightersWeight ClassPrediction
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis BrowneHeavyweightVelasquez by TKO
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie EdgarFeatherweightEdgar by decision
Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson SilvaLight HeavyweightCormier by TKO
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark HuntHeavyweightHunt by KO
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda NunesWomen's BantamweightTate by submission
predictions from author

Here's the final press conference for the ever-changing event. (Warning: NSFW language)


Does Silva Have a Chance Against Cormier?

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8: Anderson Silva stands on the scale during the UFC 200 weigh-ins at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

The short answer to this question is: yes. However, that chance isn't necessarily a good one. Silva is coming off gall bladder surgery two months ago, he hasn't trained in months, and he's a middleweight fighting the best active fighter in the light heavyweight division.

Did I mention he's also 41 years old?

As deadly as Silva can still be with his striking, he's facing an uphill battle. Cormier's biggest potential impediment is experiencing an emotional letdown after having the opponent he's obsessed over removed from the event.

Even with that potential pitfall, Cormier is a spectacular wrestler, and fighters with that base discipline have given Silva the most trouble. 

Chael Sonnen (nearly beat Silva) and Chris Weidman (beat him twice) come to mind immediately when recalling The Spider's toughest opponents. With Cormier's size advantage (206 lbs to 198.5 lbs, per Friday's weigh-in from UFC on YouTube), it's hard to imagine Silva having success.


Hunt Will Chop Lesnar Down

As you can see from the image comparison above that was tweeted by Chamatkar Sandhu of MMA Junkie, Lesnar looks to be in as good a shape as he was when he last fought in 2009. 

It won't matter.

This one wouldn't rate high on my list if this were a confidence pool, but Hunt's experience should win out. Lesnar is going to try to take the fight to the ground, but Hunt's 69 percent takedown defense isn't deceiving.

He's a tough guy to get to the ground, and his power can make opponent's pay for trying.

Let's hope the WWE has a storyline in place to rebuild Lesnar's character with their organization, because The Beast is going to get knocked out.


Tate Will Dismantle Nunes

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8:  Miesha Tate stands on the scale during the UFC 200 weigh-ins at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Quite honestly, Nunes isn't skilled enough to beat Tate. Nunes has a puncher's chance, of course, but Tate has proven to be as tough as nails. 

She takes a shot as well as anyone in her division and maintains her game plan.

Nunes may have a few moments early, but Tate will ultimately take Nunes down, and the challenger is defenseless from that position.

Tate will retain her title via submission.