Amanda Nunes rained on that parade after raining punches on Tate and sinking in a rear-naked choke in the first round to claim the women's bantamweight title in the co-main event at UFC 200 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. Cormier stuck to non-commital jabs and disciplined striking to get the fight to the ground and keep Silva on his back for the vast majority of the 15 minute bout. Watch the UFC FIGHT PASS prelims on-demand! He said that he was doing it because he "couldn't live" with his decision to retire from the UFC, and he added that he felt like he was "cheated out of my career in the UFC" due to a battle with diverticulitis towards the end of his tenure with the company.
Tate had only been reigning champion since defeating Holly Holm - who famously ended Ronda Rousey's long unbeaten run in the competition last November - via a submission back in March.
The sport's biggest ever draw only announced his return on the marquee UFC 200 card last month, and the smart business move would have been to feed "The Beast" a relatively easy opponent. The Brazilian seized upon the opportunity, wrapping her arms around the neck to force the tapout at 3:16. This girl, she helps me every day. He received a UFC all-time high $US2.5 million in guaranteed money for this appearance and likely far more once the pay-per-view shares are allocated.
UFC 200 was full of action on Saturday night (July 9), but the big moment came when Amanda Nunes stunned Miesha Tate to claim the UFC women's bantamweight title.
Nunes, known as a fast starter, started landing rights on Tate (18-6) as the champion continued to back up.
Aldo put on his belt and immediately made threatening gestures at McGregor, who shouted back at his most bitter rival.
"She's a very fast starter, very risky in the first round and she caught me fair and square", Tate said.
"Frankie's a great guy and I respect him, but I have one goal and that's to beat this guy", Aldo said of McGregor, sitting ringside for the event.
Lesnar made his heralded return a success after five years away from the UFC by basically laying on Hunt throughout the third round, while Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar might as well as had boxing gloves on with Aldo landing enough strikes to turn Edgar's face blood red. I know I have to change a lot of things and work on my patience like I did tonight.
From then on, Lesnar dominated the round, connecting with a series of punches on the ground, leaving the judges in no doubt of their decision, winning on all three scorecards 29-27. From the opening bell, Lesnar created hard angles for Hunt, and eventually got Hunt to the mat where Lesner used his wrestling skills to the best of his abilities.
The oft-injured Velasquez (14-2) had fought just once since October 2013, losing his belt to Fabricio Werdum a year ago.