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FT Heads to 'Epic, Massive, Ridiculous' UFC 200


Brock Lesnar, whose heavyweight fight with Mark Hunt has been elevated to the main event at UFC 200 this Saturday.

Google “what to wear to a fight.” Check.

React with shock to Wednesday’s news that Jon Jones, one-half of Saturday’s main event in Vegas, failed a drug test and has been pulled from UFC 200. Check.

Get an extremely large and detailed tattoo. Well, not yet, but nonetheless I’m ready to head to Las Vegas to experience UFC 200 this weekend, which has been described to me as “epic,” “ridiculous,” “massive,” “monumental,” “sick,” “a milestone,” “legendary” and more by superfans who came out of the woodwork when they learned I was invited to cover Frankie Edgar, a featherweight mixed-martial-arts contender who will fight on this Saturday’s card.

Edgar is also a new franchisee of a UFC Gym in New Jersey, hence the franchise connection and my ticket to experience something new. (That’s the whole point of being a reporter, after all, so count me in and count on me to report back to you, dear readers.)

Ben Larson, a Minneapolis-based UFC fanatic and son of my publisher, is part of my editorial team and charged with telling me what the heck is going on. He clued me in on the Jon Jones news. “This is BIG news. Think Aaron Rodgers being told he can’t compete in the Super Bowl, three days before the game. Madness.”

Now if I can just find enough costume jewelry….


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