Saturday, April 8, 2017
Key Bank Center, Buffalo, New York
UFC 210: Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2.
Is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on April 8, 2017 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.
The event will be the second that the UFC has hosted in Buffalo, the first being UFC 7 in 1995. The event is the first to be held in Buffalo since the state of New York lifted its ban on professional mixed martial arts in early 2016.
A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship rematch between the current champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson is expected to headline the event. The pairing met previously in May 2015 at UFC 187 with Cormier winning the fight (and the vacant title) via submission in the third round. This rematch was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 206, but Cormier pulled out due to a groin injury and the bout was scrapped.
Daniel Cormier. First up, he will return to the Octagon at UFC 210, where he will defend his title in a rematch against Anthony Johnson -- the man he defeated to claim the vacant belt at UFC 187 -- on April 8 in Buffalo, New York.
Should he vanquish “Rumble” for a second time, an even greater challenge looms come summer, when Jon Jones USADA suspension ends. Avenging the UFC 182 loss to Jones -- the only defeat of his career -- could very well be the last remaining obstacle in Cormier’s decorated professional tenure. In an exclusive Sherdog.com interview presented by Halo Wars 2, Cormier discusses those topics and more as he awaits his first title defense since October 2015.
The UFC’s next trip to New York will be Saturday, April 8th in Buffalo’s KeyBank Center. In the night’s pay-per-view headliner, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier faces Anthony Johnson in a rematch of their UFC 187 encounter, which ended in a Cormier rear-naked choke to win the vacant belt.
Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman is in the co-main event, as he looks to snap a two-fight losing skid by beating the surging Gegard Mousasi, who is in the final fight of his current UFC contract. Other notable bouts include lightweight Will Brooks against Charles Oliveira, Thiago Alves returning to welterweight to battle Patrick Cote, light heavyweight Patrick Cummins taking on Jan Blachowicz, and welterweight prospect Kamaru Usman against fellow up-and-comer Sean Strickland.
Here’s the current fight card. The bout order has not been finalized apart from the main and co-main event:
Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson
UFC 210 results: Daniel Cormier submits Anthony Johnson, who retires
Anthony Johnson came up short in his second attempt at the UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday night, getting finished by champion Daniel Cormier in the UFC 210 main event.
That’s apparently turned out to be the final night in the career of the Georgia native known as “Rumble,” as he lost via rear-naked choke at 3:37 of the second round at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.
“I don’t have any excuses, I lost again to the better man,” Johnson (22-6) said as he fought back tears. “This is my last fight, I didn’t want any distractions, but I want to thank you all for being with me.”
Chris Weidman vs Gerard Mousasi
Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman -- Mousasi def. Weidman by TKO (knees) at 3:13 of Round Two
Round 1: 1-2 from Mousasi in the early going. Solid jabs as usual. Hard body kick from Weidman, Mousasi catches it but can’t use it. One minute in. Leg kick from Mousasi and Weidman puts him on his back with a single-leg. Mousasi scrambles up and Weidman fights for a front choke. Mousasi slips out and returns to his feet. Jab exchange. Good low kick by Weidman, knocked off-balance. Two minutes in. Another single-leg by Weidman into guard. Mousasi uses an underhook to slip out and get back up. Body kick by Weidman and he shoots once again. Two minutes to go.
Mousasi defending on the cage, lands a trio of Browne elbows. Mousasi separates. Leg kick by Mousasi and Weidman appears to rock him with a right cross. Mousasi marches forward and sprawls on a shot, but Weidman continues to drive. One minute to go. Good knee by Mousasi as he separates. Weidman knocks him over as they separate and takes top position. 10-9 Weidman.
Round 2: Sneaky head kick from Weidman, who eats a stiff jab. Mousasi opening up on the fence with punches and knees. Mousasi on the attack and he shoots. Knees to the thigh from Mousasi. Ref breaks them up a minute in. Mousasi fires a jab and Weidman takes him down once again. Mousasi elbows off his back, transitions to butterfly guard, and tries to work. Two minutes in. Weidman passes to full mount and takes the back. Mousasi tries to sweep, but Weidman uses a wrist grip to roll through. Hard right hand and a knee by Mousasi when they stand. Two minutes to go.
Patrick Cummins vs Jan Blachowicz
Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blachowicz — Cummins def. Blachowicz by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)
Round 1: Blachowicz opens with a body kick attempt. Hard uppercut by Blachowicz and a left hook drops Cummins. Cummins scrambles up, eating shots, and knocks Blachowicz off-balance with an overhand right. He powers into mount, But Blachowicz scrambles to his feet and avoids an anaconda choke attempt. Left hook by Blachowicz, who stuffs another takedown. Left hooks landing clean. Cummins with a some decent punches, rocked again by a right hand. Blachowicz stuffs a takedown and puts him on the fence. Good uppercut knocks Cummins’ mouthpiece out and, after they separate, they pause to put it back in. Cummins is not steady on his feet. Huge shots by Blachowicz. Two minutes to go.
They maneuver in the clinch and Cummins lands an inside trip into guard. One minute to go. Short elbows from “Durkin.” Cummins staying heavy, avoids a triangle attempt and keeps Blachowicz on the fence until the bell. 10-8 Blachowicz.
Round 2: Uppercut and right hand from Blachowicz. Cummins shoots and puts him on the fence. Blachowicz gets double underhooks and separates. Cummins with a counter right hand and hits a nice takedown into half guard. Cummins bleeding from the top of his head, maneuvering it into Blachowicz’s mouth. Gross. Two minutes in. Blachowicz looking for the triangle/armbar series, then a Kimura when Cummins dives back in. He transitions to an armbar, but Cummins slips out and drops some heavy ground-and-pound. Two minutes to go
Katlyn Chookagian vs Irene Aldana
Irene Aldana vs. Katlyn Chookagian — Chookagian def. Aldana by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Round 1: Chookagian on the front foot early. She shoots on an Aldana low kick, can’t get it. Good jab by Chookagian. One minute in. Front kick connects, Aldana comes back with a left hook and they trade. Leg kick exchange. Aldana looks for a cross counter. Body kick from Chookagian. Two minutes in. Right hand. Aldana stalking forward. 2-1 lands. Chookagian picks her off with a jab. Knee tap attempt doesn’t work. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick from Chookagian. Counter right by Aldana. Chokagian keeping her at bay with kicks. Head kick nearly lands. Leg kick from Aldana. One minute to go. Aldana’s having issues getting past the kicks. Good knee by Chookagian inside. Aldana leg kick. Chookagian hits a takedown at the ball, Aldana pops back up. 10-9 Chookagian.
Round 2: Chookagian staying busy with the kicks as Aldana rushes after her. Right hand and knee by Aldana as she stuffs a takedown. Leg kick lands. Teeps by Chookagian. Spinning back fist comes back at her. One minute in. Nice counter right by Aldana over the jab. Leg kick from Aldana and a stiff jab. Two minutes in. Aldana catches a leg kick, can’t use it. Leg kick exchange. Chookagian shoots under a right hand, lands one on the exit. Brazilian kick connects for Aldana. Two minutes to go.
Shane Burgos vs Charles Rosa
Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa — Burgos def. Rosa by TKO (punches) at 1:59 of Round Three
Round 1: Burgos stalking forward, eats some leg kicks. Swatting right hand lands for him, then a heavy left hook. Straight right briefly buckles Rosa. Another right hand. Rosa shoots, easily stuffed. Big counters by Burgos. One minute in. Hard jabs. 2-3. Rosa tries some spinning kicks. Hard flurry by Burgos. Two minutes in. Straight left by Rosa. Burgos with some bolo punches, eats a right hand. Rosa fakes a takedown. Both land hard right hands. Two minutes to go.
More hard low kicks from Rosa. Burgos takes a kick to the nuts. Vicious flurry from Burgos. Rosa tries to spin, Burgos waves him up. More leg kicks by Rosa, this one caught. One minute to go. Burgos stuffs a shot. Both land right hands. Right hand from Burgos and body shots. Rosa tries a body kick, eats an uppercut, lands an overhand right. 10-9 Burgos.
Round 2: Right hand from Burgos as they trade low kicks. Rosa trying to get fancy with his kicks. Teep from Burgos and Rosa shoots. He gets Burgos down for a moment. One minute in. Burgos gets the underhook and separates, eating a right hand as he does. Big overhand right by Rosa. 2-3 by Burgos, leg kick comes back. Hard counter uppercut. Counter right off a Rosa leg kick. Two minutes in. Straight left from Rosa. Burgos stuffs another takedown after eating a right hand. Straight left by Rosa. Two minutes to go.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.