Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action last night (Sat., April 8, 2017) for UFC 210: “Cormier vs Johnson 2,” which took place inside KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York live on pay-per-view (PPV).
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a Light Heavyweight title fight that saw Daniel Cormier retain his title by once again defeating Anthony Johnson via rear-naked choke (see it). In the co-main event of the evening, Gegard Mousasi picked up his fifth win in a row after defeating Chris Weidman via technical knockout (TKO) in highly-controversial fashion (recap here).
Biggest winner: Daniel Cormier
Different night and venue, same result. Cormier dominated Anthony Johnson once again en route to collecting his fourth straight win and second title defense, proving once again that he is indeed the man to beat at 205-pounds despite Jon Jones on the verge of coming back to action. It was a mirror-image of their first encounter at UFC 187 two years ago, as “Rumble” connected with a big strike that rocked “DC,” clipping and rearranging his nose with his shin. But, like a true champion, Cormier shook it off and stormed back to dominate, choking out the heavy-hitting brawler via rear-naked choke for the second time. Daniel’s win now sets up a big rematch against Jon Jones later this year. If “Bones,” for whatever reason, can’t go, well Jimi Manuwa has already made enough noise to jump to the front of the line, too.
Runner (s) Up: Charles Oliveira and Thiago Alves
Oliveira probably saved his job after picking up a huge win over former Bellator MMA champion, Will Brooks, in the opening bout of the main card, submitting “Ill” via rear-naked choke halfway through the very first round. The win snapped his two-fight skid after dropping back-to-back bouts to Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas, and gave him perhaps the biggest win of his career in more ways than one.
Thiago Alves also may have saved his spot on the UFC roster after snapping his own two-fight losing streak to Jim Miller and Carlos Condit, as “The Pitbull” defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision. Alves showed flashes of the man who rose to the top of the welterweight division to face Georges St-Pierre, mixing up his striking well and dropping Cote on numerous occasions en route to a unanimous decision win. Now that he’s back at Welterweight, “The Pitbull” looked good, but it remains to be seen if he can rack up a few consecutive wins.
Biggest Loser: Chris Weidman
“All American” suffered his third straight loss after losing to Gegard Mousasi via second-round technical knockout. But, it was one of the most controversial losses in recent memory. After absorbing what appeared to illegal knees to the head, a disoriented Weidman was allowed time to recover. But, after a pow wow with the New York State Athletic Commission representatives, referee Dan Miragliotta changed his mind and declared that the knees were in fact legal, which as the replay showed — which isn’t allowed -- they actually were. After Weidman was deemed unfit to continue, the win was ultimately given to Gegard, though it’s safe to say the streaking Middleweight wasn’t happy about winning that way. Expect a rematch soon.
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