Daniel Cormier battles Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the main event.
UFC 210 takes place Saturday, April 8th at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Headlined by a grudge match between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.
Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, will make his second title defense against a familiar foe, Anthony Johnson. Cormier and Johnson shared the octagon back in 2015 at UFC 187, with Cormier coming out with a third round rear-naked choke submission to claim the UFC light heavyweight title. After the UFC had stripped Jon Jones of the title over his antics outside of the octagon.
Cormier would go on and earn two more victories. In his first title defense, Cormier took a very close split decision win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192. Cormier was set to rematch his rival and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 200, but Jones failed a drug test. Resulting in a very late replacement bout against MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Cormier would go on and use his wrestling and size to dominate most of the fight in route to a unanimous decision victory.
Meanwhile, Johnson has rattled off three consecutive victories. Knocking out surging light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa in the second round at UFC 191. Johnson would make quick work of Ryan Bader in the opening round at UFC on FOX 18. If the 1:26 finish of Bader wasn’t fast enough, Johnson needed only 13 seconds to knock out former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 202.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Chris Weidman in the co-main event.
Mousasi had a big 2016 year, having won four straight. Following a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 84, Mousasi would finish his next three opponents. Earning a first round TKO over the dangerous Thiago Santos at UFC 200. Followed by a second round destruction (TKO) of Vitor Belfort at UFC 204. Mousasi would go on to avenge his last loss, finishing Uriah Hall in the first round at UFC Fight Night 99.
Former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, was on top of the world. Compiling a 13-0 record with victories over Demian Maia, Mark Munoz, Vitor Belfort and a pair of wins over Anderson Silva. Capturing the UFC middleweight title along the way. Now, Weidman is on a two-fight skid, losing his title in a fourth round TKO loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. Weidman would then suffer a devastating third round flying knee knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 205.
Mousasi hopes a win over the former champ Weidman will move him one step closer to the UFC middleweight title. While Weidman is in desperate need of a victory if he wants to stay in the mix of the very stacked middleweight division.
UFC 210 Full Fight Card:
Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Anthony Johnson
Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi
Women’s Strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
Welterweight: Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Côté
Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland
Featherweight: Charles Rosa vs. Shane Burgos
Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Błachowicz
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook
Lightweight: Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green
Women’s Bantamweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Irene Aldana
Flyweight: Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov