UFC 200 has a great match up on the cards that people are overlooking

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Looking ahead to UFC 200, I was tempted to discuss the whole Conor McGregor fiasco. It seemed like a no brainer - as usual, he's the guy everyone is talking about. McGregors name dominated the UFC 200 press conference and he wasn't even in the country.

The problem is, while the UFC have ruled out The Notorious one from appearing, the situation is so unpredictable that, by the time I finish writing the first paragraph, Conor may have already announced on Twitter that he's back on the card....again....against the Undertaker.

So, instead, I decided to take a look at one of the great fights on the 200 card people may be overlooking.


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There are many to choose from (Velasquez vs Browne anyone?) but one fight, in particular, has "fight of the night" written all over it. I'm talking about Joe Lauzon vs Diego Sanchez.

If you've ever seen the MMA cartoon 'Tommy Toe Hold' on Youtube (and if you haven't, you should - it is hilarious) they often refer to fight bonuses as "that Joe Lauzon money."

And for good reason; with 13 UFC bonus awards, he has the second most in UFC history, just one behind Nate Diaz. These include six 'Fight of the Night' bonuses and six for 'Submission of the Night'.

How has he racked up so many awards? Well, he's a risk taker. Whether he is ahead or behind on points he will always look for the finish, and he'll often put himself in danger to get it.

This doesn't always work in his favour - Lauzon has eleven losses against his name - but it has earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting martial artists in the UFC today.

In fact, it was a loss against Jim Miller that is considered one of JoLauzon'sns finest moments. It was a bloody back and fourth from start to finish and although Lauzon lost the decision, the pair showed such tenacity and determination that they both earned the respect of everyone lucky enough to be watching.

His opponent at UFC 200, Diego Sanchez, is possibly one of my favourite guys to watch. He's not the most technical of fighters - to be honest his striking is a little sloppy - but what he lacks in technique he makes up for in pure aggression and heart.

The man rarely takes a step backwards in the octagon. Even if you hit Diego Sanchez with your hardest shot, he will keep moving forward like nothing has happened.

This kind of mentality often leads Sanchez into situations where he is going toe to toe with his opponent, throwing shots at each other with reckless abandon until one man falls.

This is exactly what happened in his encounters with Clay Guida and Gilbert Melendez - two of the craziest fights I have ever seen.

His last contest - a decision win over Jim Miller at UFC 196 - was a bit of a let down. It was still a decent fight, just not the usual barnstormer we have come to expect from a man who has been in more "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other mixed martial artist.

He admitted this in his post fight interview, stating that he was at a point in his career where he could not afford another loss.

He also promised that his next match up will be a lot more action packed. And considering the man he is now going to face, I don't doubt it for a second.

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