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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Moving Mountains and Making Deals

You've got to respect UFC President, Dana White. The main focal point for the promotion since early spring has been the construction of the card for the UFC 200 event scheduled to go down tomorrow night in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View. The road much to this premier event has been tumultuous and chaotic to say the very least, much like the entire calendar year for MMA's top promotion.

In March, the top of the card featured the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz which spawned from an impromptu bout in February, which saw Diaz upset "The Notorious One" in stunning fashion. After a number of issues, the fight was pulled and replaced by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, a bout that was scheduled to take place in April but fell through after Cormier went down with an injury. With just 72 hours before the iconic UFC 200 event, Jon Jones was pulled from the Championship bout after testing positive for a banned substance.

It looked as if all hope was lost for Cormier fighting at UFC 200 as he was without a opponent. UFC 200 had a huge dent left in it's lineup until Dana White, one of the top sports promoters of the century who took MMA out of the hallowed depths of the underground into mainstream popularity, worked yet again another miracle audible to save the card by bringing in longtime veteran and future Hall of Famer, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, with close to zero notice directly to Vegas for an incredibly intriguing matchup.

A major round of applause is due for Dana White and company for assembling one of the greatest cards in MMA history despite a roller coaster of issues controversial events.

Cheers to UFC 200!

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