Anderson Silva will step in on short notice against the current Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. The bout will be 3 rounds at 205lbs and will not be for the belt. The news comes after Jon Jones was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a potential anti doping violation.
Dana White announced the news just moments before the UFC Fight Night Las Vegas post fight press conference. He named Gegard Mousasi and Dan Henderson among the fighters interested in stepping in on short notice to replace Jon Jones. Having just gone through gall bladder surgery a couple of months ago, the UFC was able to get Anderson Silva medically cleared and ready to fight this Saturday. Dana also informed the media that Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes will now become the main event.
Former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has a record of 33-7-1 and is undefeated at 205lbs. He is currently coming off a loss to the current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping in a controversial decision that saw Bisping knocked down at the end of the third round but was saved by the bell. Previously to that, he came off a 12 month suspension and his fight against Nick Diaz changed to a no Contest as he tested positive for banned substances Drostanolone and Androsterone before and after his fight against at UFC 183 last January in Las Vegas.
Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier has a record of 17-1. He beat Anthony Johnson for the vacant Light Heavyweight belt back at UFC 187 in May 2015. He went on to defend his belt for the first time against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in October last year and won the five round war by a split decision. He was scheduled to face his rival and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in the main event at the UFC’s historic event, UFC 200 but after Jones withdrawal, he will now take on the legend Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva at The T-mobile Arena this Saturday.