Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business after a two-week break tonight (Sat., April 8, 2017) for UFC 210: "Cormier vs. Johnson 2," which takes place inside KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., airing live on pay-per-view (PPV). The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card, headlined by a Light Heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, will also feature a Middleweight bout between former 185-pound champion Chris Weidman and No. 5-ranked contender, Gegard Mousasi.
What UFC is on tonight? UFC 210: “Cormier vs Johnson 2”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC 210? Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson is the main event.
When does UFC 210 start? Today (Sat., April 8, 2017) beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC 210 take place? KeyBank Center Buffalo, New York.
How can I watch UFC 210? UFC PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET. "Prelims" undercard on FOX Sports 1 start time at 8 p.m. ET, with Fight Pass “Prelims” beginning at 6:15 ET.
Where can I get UFC 210 updates and results? Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!
The rematch is finally here. After Cormier was scratched from UFC 206 in Dec. 2016 with an injury, Johnson was forced to wait it out before he got his chance at redemption. With a couple extra months of anticipation, you can bet “Rumble” is more than eager to step into the cage and prove that his first loss to “DC” at UFC 187 was just a mental breakdown on his part. For Cormier, the rematch is a chance to prove to the world that he hasn’t lost a step despite being unable to put away a bloated “Spider” in his previous bout.
In addition, Mousasi has been doing a lot of chirping lately regarding pay and title shots. A win over the former Middleweight champion of the world can justify his comments, putting him near the top of the list of title contenders ... and possibly a raise. For Weidman, the contest is a chance to right his sinking ship after two brutal back-to-back defeats.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
The bout never changed from start to finish, if you can believe that. But, there was a scare just a day before the event, as a main card bout between Pearl Gonzalez and Cynthia Calvillo was in danger of being cancelled after the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) expressed concerned over Pearl’s breast implants. Thankfully, after careful consideration, the commission cleared Gonzales to make her debut.
Plus, the main event bout was nearly in danger of being turned into a non-title bout after “DC” failed to make weight on his first attempt, only to somehow hit his mark a few minutes later (read all about it here).
None! Is this a first?
The aforementioned Pearl Gonzalez will make her Octagon debut when she faces Cynthia Calvillo in main card action after tearing it up on the regional circuit, while highly-touted Flyweight contender Magomed Bibulatov (13-0) will make his Octagon debut. And he brings a lot of controversy with him.
How The “Prelims” Look:
I really like the Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook bout because it will pit two streaking up-and-comers against each other in what should be an exciting Lightweight scrap. Kamaru Usman -- who feels should be fighting the likes of Demian Maia -- has a chance to prove his worth when he faces Sean Strickland in Welterweight action. Also, two men who have enjoyed main card love and high-profile fights, Patrick Cummins and Jan Blachowicz, look to climb out of the undercard with a win and impressive performance in their Light Heavyweight battle.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Weidman needs a win in the worst way. After back-to-back knockout defeats to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero — losing his 185-pound title in the process -- “All American” is determined to write his comeback story against Mousasi. But, a third straight defeat leaves Weidman in a very uncertain place. It’s an unthinkable position that the first man to ever defeat Anderson Silva in UFC — then defeat him again — finds himself in.
Interest Level: 8/10
This is a very solid card for the promotion coming off a rare two-week layoff. The Light Heavyweight title fight between “DC” and “Rumble” should be bananas. It could provide an early knockout — who doesn’t love that? — or a five-round war for the ages. Plus, we get to see if Mousasi can finally take that next big step in his MMA career by crossing over to title contention with a win over a former champ. On the flip side, Weidman has a chance to prove his days are far from over if he can break out of his funk. Also, Will Brooks looks to start his title run, while Thiago Alves returns to Welterweight to try and recapture some of his glory days that once saw him compete for the title against Georges St-Pierre. Also, anytime you have Jon Jones hanging around, unexpected things are bound to happen.
Full UFC Fight Night 210 fight card:
UFC 210 PPV Main Event:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
UFC 210 PPV Co-Main Event:
185 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman
UFC 210 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
115 lbs.: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
170 lbs.: Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
155 lbs.: Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
UFC 210 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Mike De La Torre vs. Myles Jury
170 lbs.: Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman
145 lbs.: Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa
205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Patrick Cummins
UFC 210 Prelims on Fight Pass (6:15 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook
155 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green
135 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Katlyn Chookagian
125 lbs.: Magomed Bibulatov vs. Jenel Lausa
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