Johnson threw a curveball in the opening round, by initiating the clinch and taking Cormier down. Although “DC” got back to his feet quickly, he did absorb the aforementioned kick. In round two, following a nice trip from Cormier, the champion moved to the back of Johnson and secured a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. After the fight, Johnson dropped jaws by announcing he’s retiring, and that he’s taken a job outside of fighting.
Cormier and Johnson fought back in 2015, and “DC” also won that fight via submission. After tonight’s win, Cormier proceeded to send verbal warnings to both Jimi Manuwa and Jon Jones, who were in attendance.
In the co-headliner, Gegard Mousasi recorded a TKO win over former middleweight champ Chris Weidman, but it was in controversial fashion. Mousasi hit Weidman with knees to the head in round two, but since referee Dan Miragliotta believed the latter was a downed fighter, the action was stopped. Replays proceeded to show, however, that the knees weren’t fouls, and the fight was awarded to Mousasi. There’s likely a lot more to come on this decision, no question.
Here are the complete results from UFC 210, which took place in Buffalo, New York.
Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:37
Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (knees) R2, 3:13
Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 3:45
Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:30
Myles Jury def. Mike De La Torre via TKO (strikes) R1, 3:30
Kamaru Usman def. Sean Strickland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Shane Burgos def. Charles Rosa via TKO (punches) R3, 1:59
Patrick Cummins def. Jan Blachowicz via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Gregor Gillespie def. Andrew Holbrook via KO (punches) R1, 0:21
Desmond Green def. Josh Emmett via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Irene Aldana via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Magomed Bibulatov def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)