All praise Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for pulling every string possible to ensure Brock Lesnar's name was attached to UFC 200 later tonight (Sat., July 9, 2016) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former Heavyweight champion is a true PPV king and a crossover superstar who is more than capable of holding down the fort with Jon Jones no longer part of the biggest card ever. According to UFC president Dana White, the deal to acquire Lesnar from WWE for a "one-off" Octagon appearance went down as easy as pie.
"It was Brock's team, me, Vince and Triple H," said White during a media scrum on Friday (July 8, 2016) following UFC 200's weigh ins (h/t Cageside Seats). "Brock Lesnar just weighed-in on stage and he's fighting here tomorrow night, so it went great. Listen, Vince and I have had our ups and downs and Vince is a tough character to deal with. He's an animal. It's one of the things that I respect about him. I think he's loosened up a bit on the UFC."
Not only will Lesnar be granted permission to use his WWE walkout music when he enters the cage at UFC 200 to fight Mark Hunt, but WWE itself will be promoted along the way.
"The fact that they did this, I wanted to reciprocate, so yes," added White regarding the cross-promotion. "And they're doing it. If you look today, Brock's weigh-in will be on all social media for WWE. This deal couldn't have worked out any better."
There you have it. With UFC in the saddle with WWE, the biggest event in mixed martial arts (MMA) history will showcase the biggest draw of all time. Only Lesnar can bring two juggernauts together, sit them down and force them to come to terms.
UFC 200 will be headlined by a women's Bantamweight title fight between champion Miesha Tate and challenger Amanda Nunes.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 200 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.