ByJosh Molina, writer at
Covers mixed martial arts and professional wrestling and the convergence of the two industries.
Josh Molina

So the UFC is trying to decide who Daniel Cormier is going to fight at UFC 200, now that Jon Jones is out of the fight.

Will it be Gegard Mousasi? Will it be Michael Bisping? Will it be Dan Henderson? Cain Velasquez in the ultimate swerve?

We all know that the UFC is "As Real As It Gets" and the WWE is sports entertainment, but the two industries are closer than you might think. For one, the guy in the main event of UFC 200, Brock Lesnar, is also in the main event of WWE's SummerSlam in August. He is also the only guy to win the WWE and UFC heavyweight championships. The fan bases overlap and a lot of wrestlers are fight fans and fighters are wrestling fans.

So how do we turn the shocking news of Jon Jones getting pulled from the event into something positive for the UFC? Sometimes opportunity exists in the face of the unexpected. In this case, maybe they should turn to the WWE for how to book a last-minute replacement fight? Who doesn't remember this?

The Honky Tonk Man, the longest reigning intercontinental champion in WWE history, was supposed to wrestle Brutus The Barber Beefcake, but Beefcake injured himself in a parasailing accident.

So did the WWE cancel the match? Of course not. They did one better. They tapped the Ultimate Warrior, at the time just a rising star, to come out and wrestle Honky Tonk for the title. The fans didn't know. The announcers didn't know. The referee didn't know. The Warrior's music hit and "history was made in the Garden."

Could the UFC ever be so brash? Of course not. We wouldn't want to upset the MMA hardcores. But there is potential gold in Jones' replacement. If they pick the right guy they could turn him into a star overnight. Cormier has nothing to lose. Either he beats a guy with no time to prepare or he loses to a guy who he didn't have time to prepare for.

Heck, the UFC could even book Jon Jones to do color commentary for the fight, and after Cormier smashes his replacement opponent, the two can yell at each other. Or if the replacement fighter defeats Cormier, DC has a natural excuse: He was distracted by Jones, getting cheered, at ringside.

Jones' ousting from UFC 200 doesn't have to be the end of the world. It could be the spark to something incredible that we just don't know yet. Heck, I'd bet Brock Lesnar would fight Cormier. I'd bet he'd fight twice in one night, for the right amount of zeros.

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