4.) Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero:
There was technically no middleweight bout on the main card of UFC 200, yet longtime former middleweight champion Anderson Silva took on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on short notice when ‘DC’s’ archrival Jon Jones was forced out at the last minute due to a failed out-of-competition drug test for two banned substances.
Cormier largely laid on ‘The Spider’ for the majority of the bout until Silva nearly knocked him out with a late body kick, and the contest was regarded as the worst fight on the card, with fans booing ‘DC’ for picking up a safe-yet-boring victory over a legend in a no-win scenario.
The man who changed the MMA landscape forever by knocking out ‘The Spider’ back in 2013, former middleweight champ Weidman was the most vocal fighter on the UFC roster who campaigned to finally get MMA legalized in his home state. While he dreamt of fighting for the belt in front of his nearby family and friends in New York, a fight with surging Olympic medalist Romero, who is coming off a six-month USADA suspension himself, will be the next best thing to potentially propel him back into title contention. At the very least, it should provide a large amount more fireworks than Cormier vs. Silva.