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All roads lead to UFC 200
by Gab Pangalangan | Jun 3, 2016
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All roads lead to UFC 200, paved with killer fight cards that will test even the most hardcore fight fan's cage endurance.

Crazy knockouts and slick submissions are bound to ensue, so get your mouthpieces ready and brace yourselves for all the Octagon action.


UFC 199
June 4; Los Angeles, California

This precursor fight card to UFC 200 will be headlined by two title fights. First is the third fight between longtime rivals Dominick Cruz, the current bantamweight champ, and Urijah Faber, a perennial UFC title contender and former World Extreme Cage top dog.

The next one will be a rematch for the middleweight strap between reigning champion Luke Rockhold and brash Brit Michael Bisping, who steps in at short notice for an injured Chris Weidman.

Another huge matchup to watch out for is the middleweight clash between former Olympians Dan Henderson (wrestling) and Hector Lombard (judo).


UFC Fight Night
June 18; Ottawa, Canada

Rising star Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson heads into enemy territory to take on former title-challenger Rory MacDonald in Canada. The two top 170-pounders will slug it out in a bout that could determine who fights the winner of Tyrone Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title.

The card also features fan favorite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a welterweight match against former middleweight contender Patrick Cote. History will also be made as former strawweight competitor Valerie Letourneau faces Joanne Calderwood in UFC's first-ever women's flyweight bout.

UFC Fight Night
July 7; Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos attempts his second title defense, this time against former Bellator MMA champion Eddie Alvarez. The latter is coming off two split-decision wins over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis and will try to snag another title when he lock horns with "RDA." That will be a tall order however, as Dos Anjos is on a five-win streak, the last of which is a quick TKO victory over Cerrone.

Rising lightweights Joe Duffy and Mitch Clark will also throw down on this card, while heavyweights Roy "Big County" Nelson and Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis will trade leather in a fight of heavy-hitters.


TUF Finale
July 8; Las Vegas, Nevada

The 23rd installment of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show is underway, led by opposing coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. At the TUF finale, the two women will settle their war of words with their fists in the cage.

Jedrzejczyk, the dominant and undefeated women's strawweight champ, took home a split-decision win over Gadelha in 2014. The Brazilian had been the former's toughest test yet, and she's out to prove that the judges got it wrong the first time around. Additionally, two lightweight prospects square off in the Octagon as Australia's Jake Matthews takes on Scotland's Stevie Ray.

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UFC 200
July 9; Las Vegas, Nevada

These events set us up for the big shebang: the star-studded UFC 200 fight card with three belts up for grabs. The main event features Jon "Bones" Jones trying to win back the belt stripped from him a year ago—after a run in with the law—from current champ Daniel Cormier.

Besides the highly anticipated light heavyweight grudge match, former title holders Frankie Edgar (lightweight) and Jose Aldo, Jr. (featherweight) will face off for a second time—this time, for the interim featherweight strap. Aldo won their first encounter in a hotly contested fight in 2013. Whoever wins faces Conor McGregor for the undisputed title.

For the third title fight of the night, Miesha Tate attempts her first women's bantamweight title defense against Brazil's Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes.

The card has big-name bouts from top to bottom, including Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne, Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez, and Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena.


The next few weeks are bound to be an insane MMA ride, one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If these cards don't give you your MMA fix, we suggest you seek professional help.


Gab Pangalangan is an MMA analyst and reporter for DojoDrifter.com.

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