All eyes will be on UFC 210’s pay-per-view (PPV) card later tonight (Sat., April 8, 2017) from inside KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, as current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier defends his title opposite knockout sensation Anthony Johnson. In addition, the main card will feature a crucial middleweight bout for former champion Chris Weidman as he aims to knock off the red hot Gegard Mousasi.
But before the premier bouts get underway on PPV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET, UFC 210's preliminary action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:15 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC 210 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre
Former top prospect Jury (16-2) was in desperate need of a win when he met De La Torre (14-7) in a battle of featherweights. Jury was able to pressure early and grab a hold of De La Torre’s neck. In back control, “Fury” worked for a rear-naked choke. De La Torre maintained hand control fairly well before Jury straightened him out and rained down heavy punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut. It didn’t last much longer after that as Jury dominated De La Torre to the tune of a first-round TKO finish.
Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland
Elite welterweight wrestler Usman (10-1) looked to extend his UFC record to 5-0 when he met Strickland (18-2) in a battle of rising contenders. It didn’t take Usman long to pick up Strickland and put him on his butt. From there, the 28-year-old landed strong knees to the body and sapped Strickland’s energy in waves, causing a cut above his left eye. In Round 2, Usman started to tag Strickland on the feet. It eventually led to Usman dropping Strickland and connecting with serious ground-and-pound. Strickland’s eye was investigated by the doctor in between rounds, but he eventually came out for the third and final frame. Unfortunately for Strickland, Usman continued to batter him on the feet. There wasn’t much that Strickland could do late into the third as “The Nigerian Nightmare” cruised to the unanimous decision win.
Charles Rosa vs. Shane Burgos
Undefeated New York featherweight prospect Burgos (9-0) looked to cash in on his second UFC appearance when he met the talented Rosa (11-3) in the only 145-pound matchup of the night. Burgos got the better shots off early, finding his range and picking Rosa apart from distance. Unfortunately, Burgos ate a nasty shot to the groin that stopped the action midway through the first round. Rosa did land good counters before the clock sounded. In Round 2, Rosa was able to close the distance and score some points in the clinch. He was able to regain a little momentum in the fight and started to land with his hands. After Rosa landed a few good shots to begin the third round, Burgos blasted him with a collection of hard shots, started with a left hook and ended by a combination along the cage. Burgos would walk away with the third-round TKO finish.
Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Błachowicz
Two rebounding light heavyweights met in the opening FS1 bout of the evening, as Russian veteran Błachowicz (19-7) took on wrestler-turned-fighter Cummins (9-4). Both had lost three out of their past four fights. It was a melee from the opening bell, as Błachowicz landed a huge combination that dropped Cummins to his knees. After getting pushed back into the cage, Cummins caught Błachowicz coming in and returned the favor. But it was Błachowicz who continued to land at will, blasting Cummins with countless combinations. Cummins hung in tough and even secured a takedown to end Round 1. In the second, Cummins pressed forward and landed a takedown attempt to gain top control. From there, Cummins scored some points before a bloodied Błachowicz tried to lock up a kimura. Cummins landed even more offense in Round 3, including another takedown that further depleted the exhausted Russian and knees along the cage that hurt him. In the end, Cummins did more than enough in the final 10 minutes to capture the majority decision win.
Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook
Undefeated New York lightweight Gillespie (9-0) looked to overthrow hard-nosed grappler Holbrook (12-2) in the Fight Pass headliner. It didn’t take long for Gillespie to land a nasty combination followed by a deciding left hook that sent Holbrook to the canvas. The hometown kid would land a few more good shots before the referee jumped in for the quick knockout stoppage.
Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green
Former Bellator MMA and Titan FC standout Green (20-5) made his awaited Octagon debut against undefeated Team Alpha Male bruiser Emmett (11-1), who won his first two UFC bouts. Despite the jitters of his UFC welcoming party, Green remained surprisingly composed in the early going, waiting for his window to land some 1-2 combinations. That was until Emmett inadvertently landed a rough low blow that stopped the action. Green got back into it quickly though, landing a nasty combination on an inside exchange that had Emmett hurt to end the first round. It was more of the same in Round 2, as Emmett accounted for a shorter reach and launched lunging power shots from the outside, only to have Green counter with precision and control the pace. Emmett came out of the gate hot in Round 3, but “Predator” responded with a beautiful takedown to the applause of his hometown crowd. Green then landed a vicious uppercut that stunned Emmett. From there, Green would round out the split-decision victory.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Irene Aldana
In the only bantamweight bout of the evening, Aldana (7-4) looked to rebound after losing her Octagon debut back in December when she met “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (9-1) in a battle of the women. Both girls landed early, offering exchanges inside and pressure from the outer reaches. Chookagian landed a timely takedown to end the first round, but Aldana got right back up to her feet. Aldana came out super aggressive in Round 2 and landed a solid spinning backfist, but Chookagian stayed in the pocket and maneuvered into position to respond offensively. Chookagian would try to secure another late-round takedown, but Aldana was resilient in defense. In Round 3, Chookagian landed a barrage of strikes that ended in a gorgeous head kick. Aldana continued to press forward and welcomed contact, but Chookagian started to land timely leg kicks and front kicks to the body. The final few moments of the fight would go to Aldana, but was it enough? It was not. Chookagian walked away with the split-decision win.
Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Undefeated Russian flyweight Bibulatov (14-0) made his UFC debut in the preliminary opener when he took on rising prospect Lausa (7-3), who cashed in on his own Octagon debut back in November. Bibulatov controlled the action early, offering spinning techniques, quick takedown attempts and pressure from all angles. Lausa seemed to be lining up a knockout punch, but he wasn’t able to find many openings. Unfortunately for Lausa, Bibulatov landed a late knee to the body at the end of Round 1 that went unpenalized. Bibulatov found a home for a beautiful uppercut in Round 2 after Lausa opened up more aggressively, but then landed a brutal kick to Lausa’s jewels that resulted in a deducted point. Lausa took a lot of time to recover as referee John McCarthy called his corner over to translate. Bibulatov ramped up his efforts in Round 3, picking Lausa up and slamming him to the canvas. The Buffalo crowd was pleased. From there, Bibulatov pounded away, scored points in bunches and solidified his bid for a unanimous decision win.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 210 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.