UFC 210 – Cormier vs. Johnson 2
UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on April 8, 2017 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.
KeyBank Center marked the UFC’s first return to Buffalo in almost 22 years.
The event was the second that the UFC has hosted in Buffalo, the first being UFC 7 in 1995. It was the first to be held in Buffalo since the state of New York lifted its ban on professional mixed martial arts in early 2016.
A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship rematch between current champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson headlined the event. The pairing met previously in May 2015 at UFC 187 with Cormier winning the fight (and the vacant title) via submission in the third round. This rematch was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 206, but Cormier pulled out due to an injury and the bout was scrapped.
Controversy arose at the weigh-in as Cormier, who had initially weighed in 1.2 pounds over the 205-pound limit, minutes later weighed in at exactly 205 pounds. Video appeared to show Cormier supporting himself on a towel held by a teammate, though New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) officials denied such allegations.
Promotional newcomer Pearl Gonzalez was expected to face Cynthia Calvillo at the event. She was ruled out of the contest after NYSAC officials confirmed that she could not fight in the state because of her breast implants, which are banned among combat-sports competitors. Later the decision was reversed and the fight was allowed to go on as scheduled.
During the main card broadcast, it was announced that former WEC Featherweight Champion and UFC Bantamweight Championship title challenger Urijah Faber will be inducted into the Modern Era wing of the UFC Hall of Fame in this year’s ceremony, which takes place July 6 in the midst of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week festivities.
|Light Heavyweight||Daniel Cormier (c)||def.||Anthony Johnson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||3:37||[a]|
|Middleweight||Gegard Mousasi||def.||Chris Weidman||TKO (knees)||2||3:13|
|Women’s Strawweight||Cynthia Calvillo||def.||Pearl Gonzalez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||3:45|
|Welterweight||Thiago Alves||def.||Patrick Côté||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Charles Oliveira||def.||Will Brooks||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:30|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Featherweight||Myles Jury||def.||Mike De La Torre||TKO (elbows and punches)||1||3:30|
|Welterweight||Kamaru Usman||def.||Sean Strickland||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Shane Burgos||def.||Charles Rosa||TKO (punches)||3||1:59|
|Light Heavyweight||Patrick Cummins||def.||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (majority) (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Gregor Gillespie||def.||Andrew Holbrook||KO (punches)||1||0:21|
|Lightweight||Desmond Green||def.||Josh Emmett||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Women’s Bantamweight||Katlyn Chookagian||def.||Irene Aldana||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Magomed Bibulatov||def.||Jenel Lausa||Decision (unanimous) (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)||3||5:00||[b]|
- For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
- Bibulatov was deducted one point in round 2 due to a groin strike.