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, airing 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 choking out Anthony Johnson in the second round (see it here). In the co-main event of the evening, madness ensued after Gegard Mousasi defeated Chris Weidman via technical knockout in highly-controversial fashion (full video highlights here).
Winner: Daniel Cormier
Who He Should Fight Next: Jon Jones
This is no secret. Jones was previously dubbed as the next challenger for the division title by Dana White, and after the two re-started their drama earlier in the week, the promotion would lose out on a big opportunity if the rematch wasn’t booked as soon as “Bones” finished his one-year suspension this July. Sure, you have Jimi Manuwa hanging around making some noise, but Cormier vs. Jones 2 is the title fight to make at the moment. Fingers crossed.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi
Who He Should Fight Next: Chris Weidman rematch
Gegard has his eyes on a shot at the strap after defeating Chris Weidman — albeit controversially. That said, since the bout ended in strange fashion due to some legal knees that were dubbed illegal, then legal again, don’t be surprised if the promotion re-books the duo to duke it out once again in order to get a crystal clear winner. To his credit, Chris was in control of the bout before the controversial blows came into question. So you know he wants his chance at redemption. Thankfully, Gegard is game, and isn’t opposed to giving Weidman another chance.
Winner: Cynthia Calvillo
Who He Should Fight Next: Justine Kish
Calvillo remained undefeated (5-0, 2-0 UFC) after taking out Pearl Gonzalez via rear-naked choke in the third and final frame of their strawweight bout. Up next for the Team Alpha Male (TAM)-trained fighter should be a bout against another undefeated, up-and-coming fighter in Kish, who has two wins inside the Octagon, as well. Kish has the toughness and skills to match Calvillo anywhere the bout goes, and a win for either woman catapults them higher up the rankings. Book it.
Winner: Thiago Alves
Who He Should Fight Next: Matt Brown
Alves got back on the winning track in his return to Welterweight by outpointing Patrick Cote on the judges scorecards en route to a unanimous decision win. With his sights solely focused on 170 pounds moving forward, “The Pitbull” should start eying bigger and tougher showdowns if he wants to get back to his glory days of yesteryear. A fight and win against Matt Brown could be a huge step to getting there. “Immortal” needs a win in the worst way after suffering three straight defeats, which means a bout between he and Alves could have fireworks written all over them since they both prefer to stand-and-bang.
Winner: Charles Oliveira
Who He Should Fight Next: Beneil Dariush
Oliveira picked up perhaps the biggest win of his MMA career after choking out former Bellator MMA lightweight champion, WIll Brooks, in Buffalo. Not only was the victory over an ex-title holder, but it snapped his two-fight skid. While “Do Bronx” can breathe easy knowing he won’t be axed anytime soon, he has a lot of work to do to get back into the rankings. That said, a showdown against Dariush — who was last seen getting knocked out by Edson Barboza — could be a trick to getting there. Beneil is currently sitting at the No. 10 spot, though these days, rankings don’t matter squat when it comes to matchmaking. It’s a fun matchup all the way around if you ask me.
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