Daniel Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson again to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship in front of an unimpressed Jon Jones at UFC 210.
DC moves to 19-1 following his rematch win over Rumble and has his eyes firmly set on his next fight against either Jones or Jimi Manuwa while Johnson announced a shock retirement from the sport.
We have a full round up of the main card’s fights below.
Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of R2
It seemed like a repeat of two years ago as Cormier showed exactly how to beat Johnson.
In the first fight, he weathered the early storm, gradually wore his opponent down before choking him out – and the same happened in Buffalo.
Surprisingly, Johnson chose to try and outwrestle Cormier in round one, much to the dismay of his corner. He tagged Cormier a couple of times but was exhorting energy as DC trapped him in the clinch.
Rumble hit DC with a high kick which seemingly broke the champion’s nose. He continued to push for the takedown before the round ended.
After winning round one, Johnson again went for the takedown and was successful, but DC popped right back up. Cormier landed a takedown of his own and took Johnson’s back – Rumble struggled to defend against head strikes opening up his neck for a choke.
DC took full advantage and locked in a rear-naked choke which forced the tap – the same submission that got the win in the first fight.
After the bout, he set up a rematch with Jones – the only man to defeat Cormier. Johnson retired after the loss, admitting he lost to the better man.
Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO at 3:13 of R2
Gegard Mousasi was awarded a hugely controversial TKO victory over former champion Chris Weidman in the co-main event of the evening.
Billed as one of the most important fights in the history of the middleweight division, Weidman’s grappling prowess was evident from the outset – landing his first two takedowns successfully. But Mousasi defended well on the ground.
The former Strikeforce champion couldn’t find his rhythm on the feet which saw Weidman take round one.
Mousasi responded in the second, stinging the American with hard jabs, causing Weidman to fall against the fence. Despite having his opponent hurt, he attempted a takedown which Weidman reversed and ended up in full guard, but Mousasi rolled out and got to his feet.
The Iranian-born fighter engaged the clinch and landed a brutal knee to the head which was perfectly legal. He followed it up with another knee strike that was deemed illegal by referee Dan Miragliotta as it seemed Weidman had two hands on the mat.
He was afforded five minutes to recover, but replays showed that the strike was, in fact, legal. Following the doctor’s examination, the fight was stopped and Mousasi was awarded the win. Weidman was furious and called for an instant rematch following the controversy.
Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of R3
Strawweight prospect, Cynthia Calvillo, continued her impressive start in her UFC career by gaining another submission victory over debutant Pearl Gonzalez.
The Team Alpha Male fighter immediately pushed the pace, forcing Gonzalez to retreat. She threw shots in volume, but Gonzalez was blocking well.
Calvillo continued to apply the pressure and almost sunk in a submission towards the end of the round, but Gonzalez was saved by the bell.
It was more of the same in round two as Gonzalez couldn’t find her range, and a failed submission attempt landed her on the bottom. Calvillo took the back again and tried to sink in a rear-naked choke on multiple occasions; the round ended again with Gonzalez fighting off a submission attempt.
Calvillo was not to be denied in round three and took Gonzalez down after catching a kick. After transitioning into full mount, Calvillo took the back again, got her arm under the chin which forced Gonzalez to tap.
The 29-year-old moves to 5-0 following the win.
Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thiago Alves got his UFC career back on track with a decision win over Patrick Cote which ended in the Canadian announcing his retirement.
Both men came to fight, both throwing combos from the start. Alves was landing the cleaner strikes and creating opportunities through his leg kicks. Cote was eating the strikes but failed to land his own. Alves caught Cote again, sending him crashing to the mat. The round ended with Alves in top position.
After losing round one, ‘The Predator’ attempted to engage the clinch, but Alves caught him with a left hook. Cote improved as the round progressed and had Pitbull backing up. But Alves connected with a counter which almost knocked the Canadian out.
The third round continued in the same vein, and Alves scooped the unanimous decision victory. Cote dropped his gloves in the octagon and announced his retirement following the fight.
Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of R1
Charles Oliveira kicked off the main card with a submission victory over Will Brooks, giving him a debut win at lightweight.
The Brazilian moved to 155 following weight cutting issues at featherweight and looked extremely impressive. Brooks usually has rugged takedown defence, but Oliveira hit a trip early in round one.
Brooks returned to his feet but was taken down again by Oliveira who quickly transitioned to the back. He latched on and sunk in the rear-naked giving Brooks no choice but to tap.
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