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Brazilian legend Anderson Silva has replaced Jon Jones and will fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday night

Former long-time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has stepped in on two days’ notice to replace Jon Jones and has signed to fight Daniel Cormier at Saturday’s UFC 200 in a three round light heavyweight contest

Cormier’s UFC light heavyweight title will not be at stake and the fight is a non-title matchup, with the newly-signed fight also being moved from main event position to third from the top behind Brock Lesnar versus Mark Hunt and Miesha Tate versus Amanda Nunes

The new main event is the Tate/Nunes bout, with Tate defending her UFC Women’s bantamweight title in a five round contest

Silva, forty one years old, last fought back in February losing via five round unanimous decision to Michael Bisping and has gone 1-3-1NC in his last five Octagon outings, winning last in October 2012

The Brazilian(33-7-1NC) has fallen out-of-form since that last win and has not fared well as of late, dropping two consecutive bouts to Chris Weidman and losing the UFC middleweight title in the process, and then failed a drugs test in regard to his fight against Nick Diaz, a fight which Silva originally won with the result subsequently being over-turned to a no-contest

News of the Jon Jones test failure and withdrawal can be read HERE

The updated UFC 200 main card line-up is as follows-

Main event, UFC Women’s bantamweight champion– Miesha Tate(c) Vs. Amanda Nunes
Co-main event, heavyweight division– Brock Lesnar Vs. Mark Hunt
Light heavyweight division– Daniel Cormier Vs. Anderson Silva
Featherweight division– Frankie Edgar Vs. Jose Aldo
Heavyweight division– Cain Velasquez Vs. Travis Browne

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh