Anderson Silva shall replace Jon Jones at UFC 200, dealing with light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier on two days and nights’ notice.
1 day after Jones failed a doping test, the UFC made a decision to replace him with one of the biggest fighters in blended martial arts background for the promotion’s biggest show of the summertime.
The 41-year-old Silva (33-7) reigned as the middleweight champ for practically seven years, but he hasn’t gained a success in four battles since October 2012. He was struck with a doping suspension system that invalidated his only succeed in that stretch out, and he previously surgery to eliminate his gall bladder seven weeks hence just, forcing him to drop out of the scheduled battle in his local Brazil.
“I haven’t been trained in a couple of months, but I believe I’m in good shape to go within and placed on a good attack,” a smiling Silva said through the translator at the MGM Grand Garden Industry.
Cormier and silva will have a three-round, non-title bout in the 3rd slot machine on the five-fight pay-per-view cards, UFC Chief executive Dana White said. Although Silva promises to maintain solid form, he wasn’t prepared to agree to a five-round attack, the required span to struggle for a tournament belt.
“Anderson is presenting Daniel the possibility to fight, to earn a living and perform on UFC 200,” White said. “So if Anderson would like three rounds, if Anderson wishes two rounds, he’ll obtain it.”
The UFC also altered the bout order for the next time in a day, promoting Miesha Tate’s bantamweight name fight Amanda Nunes to the key event.
Daniel Cormier vs Antonio Silva – Brock Lesnar’s return fight against Tag Hunt have been named the key event soon after Jones’ disqualification, but said it was “the right move to make” to provide the prime location to Tate and Nunes, who are in the sole non-interim subject bout staying on the stacked cards.
Silva realizes he’s accepting a intimidating task to part of against Cormier, the UFC’s vaunted 205-pound champ. Cormier has only lost to Jones in his MMA job, and he’s coming off a complete training camp for what he thought is the defining deal with of his life.
“I’ll have to perform a whole lot,” Silva deadpanned, before quickly declaring to White: “I’m joking, employer!”
Silva lost a choice to current middleweight champ Michael Bisping in his previous bout, which presented another medication dosage of the weirdness that appears to follow Silva. He prematurely celebrated knocking out Bisping through the struggle, however the circular experienced finished.
White said veteran Dan UFC and Henderson 200 fighter Gegard Mousasi also volunteered to deal with Cormier. The UFC chose Silva, who was simply in a position to pass all the necessary lab tests with time to be cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Globo, the Cormier vs Silva is the UFC’s longtime Brazilian broadcast spouse, reported Silva would take the battle first.