It’s as if the MMA gods looked down upon the lineup for UFC 200 and said to each other, “Nah, not weird enough.” Or maybe, depending on how benevolent and/or mysterious you like your divine powers, what they said was closer to, “Not representative enough.” Not for the UFC in 2016. Not for what this sport and this organization and this whole landscape has become in the seven years since UFC 100. When you start to look at the fight card this way – as a snapshot of what MMA and the UFC is all about at this exact moment in time – the new and not exactly improved UFC 200 lineup seems not only acceptable, but also pretty fitting. Just think about how we got here. Begin at the beginning, with the original headliners, Conor McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-10 MMA, 14-8 UFC). The UFC featherweight champion rematching a lightweight and occasional welterweight who already beat him once, all because fans had already proven their willingness to pay for it, the same way movie audiences keep getting an endless stream of new superhero movies because they keep going to see them

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How UFC 200 became a perfect snapshot of MMA in 2016 – for better and worse – MMA Junkie

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