Before we begin with this piece, one note regarding the status of GLORY Kickboxing:
The scheduled GLORY 78 card for Saturday, June 20 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at Ahoy Arena has been postponed in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the promotion announced last Friday.
GLORY 78, the third consecutive GLORY Kickboxing show to be postponed because of the global health crisis, was to have featured Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Badr Hari in a Heavyweight championship fight in the main event.
Any ticketholders for the postponed GLORY 78 will receive a code good for identical passes for the rescheduled event.
If any ticketholders cannot attend the rescheduled card, they will be refunded.
Onward to today’s topic:
The second Armchair Watchalong takes place this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on our Twitter (@Armchair_MMA) and it’s going to be a good show for those of you in our audience who are able to join us.
This week, we turn back the clock to just under four years ago, July 9, 2016, for a watchalong of the landmark UFC 200, which took place in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
UFC 200 marked the first event from the promotion to be held at T-Mobile Arena, which had opened for sporting events and concerts that spring.
Since then, the UFC has become T-Mobile Arena’s second occupant as the promotion is contracted for a minimum of four events annually.
Remember, everybody, for these Armchair Watchalongs, we only look back at the main cards of events.
Here’s just some of what was popular at the time of the card:
No. 1 song on July 9, 2016, according to Billboard’s Hot 100 List: One Dance by Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (sixth consecutive week at No. 1, would spend nine weeks total at No. 1 before being unseated by Cheap Thrills by Sia featuring Sean Paul.)
No. 1 TV series in 2015-2016 broadcast season, according to Nielsen: NCIS (12.8 rating.)
Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016: Spotlight (awards for motion picture achievements in 2015, ceremony held Feb. 28, 2016.)
Also notable: Cleveland Cavaliers win first championship in franchise history in June of 2016, a few weeks prior to UFC 200.
For those of you who followed along in the run-up to UFC 200, you’ll remember that the main event was supposed to have been Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier in a unification bout for the Light Heavyweight championship.
Jones was removed from the show due to a USADA doping violation in the weeks before the card.
Daniel Cormier was later rebooked to fight Anderson Silva on the pay-per-view in a non-title fight and won by decision.
As far as the main card itself, just two of the five bouts ended in stoppages.
Cain Velazquez knocked out Travis Browne in the first round to begin the show and Amanda Nunes submitted Miesha Tate by rear-naked choke to capture the Women’s Bantamweight title in the main event.
An interim UFC Featherweight championship fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar was also on the pay-per-view and won by Aldo (unanimous decision).
In the aftermath of UFC 200, he became the permanent champion that December after Conor McGregor was stripped of the title due to not defending the division championship.
McGregor had been the Featherweight champion for a year and subsequently won the Lightweight belt in November of 2016.
Aldo would later fail to retain the belt in a unification fight almost a year later against subsequent Interim Featherweight champion Max Holloway in UFC 212 in June of 2017.
As of 2020, Aldo is the longest-tenured UFC Featherweight champion in division history.
His two stints lasted a combined 2,039 days over six-plus years,
Brock Lesnar, who was granted time off from his then-current stint in World Wrestling Entertainment, fought Mark Hunt in a Heavyweight contest and initially won by unanimous decision on the main card.
His victory was later reversed to a no-contest due to a failed drug test following the fight.
Again, be sure to join us for our watchalong of UFC 200 if you can this Saturday night.
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