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Anderson Silva takes Jones’ spot against Cormier

Anderson Silva

When you need a huge star to fill in at the UFC’s biggest event ever on just two days notice, who better is there than Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva?

When the highly-anticipated Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier rematch was canceled on Wednesday after it was announced that Jones violated the Anti-Doping policy, UFC 200 was in shambled; more shambles that it was after the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz fight was removed from the card. But on just two days notice it was impossible to get a new title fight on the card. But Cormier will still fight.

Dana White announced that Cormier will fight Silva in a non-title fight at UFC 200. Silva is coming off a very controversial loss to current middleweight champion Michael Bisping on February 27. Silva should have taken the decision but Bisping ended up winning, got called on to fight Luke Rockhold on short notice fight shockingly knocked him out to claim his first UFC title.

But as his record stands, Silva has not win a fight since 2012, when he stopped Stephan Bonnar. But despite his first loss to Chris Weidman, his devastating injury in their rematch, his over-turned decision against Diaz for failed a PED test, and his overall lack-luster return against Bisping, Silva has still remained one of the most popular fighters around and one of the faces of mixed martial arts.

Fighting a much heavier Cormier on just two days notice is far from ideal, but at least it gets an attractive name on the card as his opponent. Besides, throwing a Cormier-Glover Teixeira fight or a Cormier-Anthony Johnson fight together on such short notice would not have given fans the best title fight possible.

It’s far from what the UFC wanted, a Cormier-Silva fight, but it’s a way to keep Cormier on the card and to add a name that can draw. It wasn’t the perfect choice, but it sure was possibly the best they could have made with the timetable they have.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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