On Episode 5 of UFC 200 Embedded, featherweight title contender Jose Aldo arrives in the States sporting a new look.
With Jones, who was stripped of the light heavyweight belt in April 2015 after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident, now out pending the result of tests on his B sample, Cormier loses top billing but will still fight on Saturday.
The addition of 185lb legend Silva to the card has required a reshuffle of the running order, with the women's bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes acting as the new main event of Saturday night's card.
One name we didn't expected to see pop on the list of potential contenders, however, was Anderson Silva.
Jones was pulled off the card Wednesday due to a possible doping violation.
"I've been in the business long enough - the entertainment industry, the fight game - the show still goes on", said Lesnar after he opted out of doing the open workout.
Don't forget the interim featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC), because what's a UFC PPV without at least one rematch?
Silva was UFC middleweight champion from October 2006 until July 2013, defending his title in 10 fights - a UFC record. White also stated that the Cormier-Silva bout managed to make up for the loss of Jones in the fight card.
"Spider Silva" has fought three times at the weight of 205 pounds, defeating James Irvin, Forrest Griffinin and Stephan Bonnar, all by first-round knockout.
Here's the full presser for the Anderson Silva at UFC 200 announcement. I'm here to challenge myself.
"I haven't trained in a few months, but I think I'm in good condition to go in there and put on a good fight", a smiling Silva said through a translator.
In case you were wondering, yes, UFC President Dana White is still mad, and will not even give "Bones" the opportunity to call him on the phone to explain himself.