UFC 210 is underway in Buffalo, New York, and in the main event, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier will take on Anthony Johnson.
The event’s results and main card bout recaps are below.
Fight Pass Prelims
Magomed Bibulatov def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Irene Aldana via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Desmond Green def. Josh Emmett via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Gregor Gillespie def. Andrew Holbrook via KO (punches) R1, 0:21
Patrick Cummins def. Jan Blachowicz via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Shane Burgos def. Charles Rosa via TKO (punches) R3, 1:59
Kamaru Usman def. Sean Strickland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Myles Jury def. Mike De La Torre via TKO (strikes) R1, 3:30
Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
Oliveira scored a nice takedown off the clinch not long into the bout. Although Brooks was able to get to his feet, Oliveira quickly moved to the former Bellator champ’s back, after a follow up slam. From there, Oliveira locked in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. Huge win for Oliveira.
Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:30
Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
Alves came out firing some leg kicks and Cote was trying to find a home for his big right hand. Near the opening round, however, Alves sent Cote to the deck with a left, but the latter covered up and made it out of the round. Cote continued to pressure in round two, but Alves floored Cote again, this time with a right. Both men fired big shots in round three, but Alves scored a takedown and cut Cote open with elbows. Nice win for Alves.
Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
Gonzalez moved forward throughout much of the first frame, but Calvillo fired more strikes and had a triangle choke locked in, as the round came to an end. Gonzalez took Calvillo to the mat not long into round two, but after going for an armbar, the latter wound up on top. From there, Calvillo controlled the action and hunted for a rear-naked-choke. In round three, Calvillo took Gonzalez to the floor, and after a lengthy battle on the ground, she sunk in a fighting ending RNC. Fantastic performance.
Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 3:45
Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman
Mousasi landed a couple of nice jabs to begin the fight, but Weidman turned to his wrestling and landed several, single leg takedowns. Mousasi was able to get back to his feet each time, but the opening round was Weidman’s. In round two, Mousasi landed a couple of knees where it wasn’t immediately clear if Weidman was a downed opponent. The action was stopped by referee Dan Miragliotta, as he initially thought the knees were fouls. Replays showed the knees weren’t illegal, however, and then the bout was called in Mousasi’s favor. A controversial end to say the least.
Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (knees) R2, 3:13
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
Johnson, surprisingly, engaged the clinch first, and attempted to take the fight down. The challenger briefly had the champ on the mat, but “DC” got back to his feet. Later in the round, Johnson landed a kick to the face of Cormier, and it was revealed later it had broken the latter’s nose. In round two, Johnson scored another TD early on, but Cormier got back to his feet and scored a nice sweep. From there, Cormier took Johnson’s back and locked in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. What a win for the champ.
Wow, after the fight, Anthony Johnson announced he’s retiring from MMA. The heavy handed fighter said he’s committed to another job, not related to MMA.
Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:37