Anderson Silva steps in to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200

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Anderson Silva steps in to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200

Last night at UFC 200, WWE superstar Brock Lesnar returned for the first time in five years to take on Mark Hunt.

Although Cormier Jones II is off the card, and with it the light heavyweight title bout, there are still plenty of champions to be crowned.

Julianna Pena (+135) over Cat Zingano - Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes are tangling for the women's bantamweight title, but Pena-Zingano has the potential to be more explosive. Tate claims she was surprised when her next bout wasn't a rematch with Holm, but she accepted the matchup.

The UFC announced the late replacement for Jones on Thursday night, less than 48 hours before the mixed martial arts promotion's biggest show of the summer. In 2011 he suffered a terrific loss to Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut. Jones was a -300 favourite on MMA odds with Cormier at +220.

Despite all the scandal surrounding UFC 200 and one Mr Jon Jones, there is still some actual fighting to be done this weekend. Silva was the solution.

According to Dana White, Cormier had requested that the fight be fought at 210lbs, presumably because his weight-cutting schedule had been disrupted after the revalation that Jones had been removed from the fight due to an anti-doping violation. It's also a non-title fight.

Silva won his first 16 fights in the UFC before his streak as middleweight champion was stopped by Chris Weidman in 2013.

The fight will be actually only be three round because Silva is fighting on only two days' notice. Anderson Silva is undefeated at 205, and not just undefeated, but devastatingly undefeated.

This article was amended on Friday 8 July to clarify that Silva lost a non-title fight to Michael Bisping. He was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 198 in May but was forced to pull out the week of the fight when he experienced abdominal pain.

Fans will still hope for a Jones-Cormier bout in the near future, but Jones could face a ban of up to two years if the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation confirms he took a performance-enhancing substance. Cormier was once one of the best NCAA wrestlers in the United States and a former Olympian.

Cormier is being backed at 2/7 with Silva at 5/2 since the announcement was made. There are no fight props now available.

Coming up behind them is Aldo's bout with Edgar. The over/under is 4.5 rounds, with the over a slight -120 favourite.

The previous record was held by Conor McGregor, who earned a guaranteed $1 million payday for his UFC 196 fight against Nate Diaz.

Despite the positive drug test, Cormier asked Dana White to let the fight still happen. Hunt, a minus-160 favorite, is drawing about twice as much money while Lesnar is drawing about twice as many tickets from the public. If Lesnar was in his prime, he would crush Hunt.

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