Silva Saves Cormier’s UFC 200 Bout

The WWE’s Brock Lesnar may now have the unique accolade of headlining UFC 100 and 200 after Jon “Bones” Jones failed an out of competition drug test (the expectation is that he popped for performance enhancing drugs, although his team speculates it could be the result of a tainted supplement) but Jones’ opponent Daniel Cormier can thank Anderson “The Spider” Silva for his payday win or lose.

UFC President Dana White announced on SportsCenter that Silva will keep Cormier on the card after stepping up on two days notice. The current Light Heavyweight champion will make the same amount facing the Brazilian as he would have Jones.

With Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt set as the new main event, the Cormier bout has been shortened to three rounds (for new fans: title fights and main events are five rounds.)

Let’s get something straight: If Conor McGregor couldn’t main event UFC 200, Jones vs. Cormier II is the bout everyone seemed okay with. Although he is a legend in MMA, this is a fight that, while not to say it wouldn’t be wanted, but Silva isn’t the other half Cormier’s most intense rivalry.

Jon Jones is currently innocent of any wrongdoing but even because he tested positive for a substance in the first place, it could be argued that UFC 200–the biggest show in the promotion’s near 23-year history–is forever tainted.

UFC 200 will take place from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday.