Daniel Cormier said he had a point to prove, and he did it by choking out Anthony Johnson in round two of their Light Heavyweight title fight during last night’s (Sat., April 8, 2017) main event at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York.
It truly was a repeat performance of his first victory over “Rumble” back at UFC 187, as he submitted the hard-hitting brawler via rear-naked choke just like he did two years ago, though he did it one round earlier this time around.
While Johnson is calling it quits, Cormier -- the older champion — is still going strong, as he eyes a highly-anticipated rematch against ex-division title holder, Jon Jones, in the coming months. “Bones” is all set to complete his one-year suspension this July, opening the door for a do-over against “DC” that was originally set for UFC 200 before Jon was bounced due to a failed drug test.
The two have wasted no time in reigniting their rivalry, taking digs at one another through the media this past week. Thankfully, Cormier’s non-stop chatter toward Jones didn’t affect his concentration against Johnson.
With Anthony in his rear-view mirror, Cormier can shift all of his attention on “Bones,” though Jimi Manuwa is slowly creeping up on Cormier, too. As much as a lot of people would like to see that fight, the championship match to make at the moment is one against Jones.
The rivalry is already built in, the animosity is at an all-time high and “Bones” will be clear to resume action in three months. Jon is the only man to ever defeat Cormier, so you know “DC” wants that back.
Plus, a win over Jones will give Daniel some type of closure, if you will, as many — for whatever reason -- refuse to acknowledge “DC” as the real champion since Jones never actually lost the strap in a fight.
There’s no need to even look elsewhere, this championship rematch needs to happen sooner, rather than later, perhaps even during International Fight Week at UFC 213, assuming Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping don’t get the headlining spot.