UFC fans were treated with an exciting PPV this past weekend. The UFC returned to Buffalo, New York with tons of action for fans to enjoy. In the main-event of UFC 210, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson battled again for the 205lbs crown.
The UFC also announced their next inductee into the Hall of Fame, and a fan favorite was pulled from their upcoming fight. Check out below to see all the news you might have missed.
UFC 210 Main Card Highlights
In the main-event, Anthony Johnson looked to finally dethrone Daniel Cormier. Johnson entered the fight as a betting favorite, but let’s not forget he was also the bookie's favorite in their first fight as well. In the first round, Johnson decided to clinch with Cormier and work him against the cage for most of the round. He was able to land with some heavy strikes, with one kick breaking Cormier’s nose. Johnson was also able to land a takedown against the cage as the round ended.
As the second round started, Johnson was showing signs of fatigue. He continued with the same gameplan as before, and even shot in on Cormier. DC was able to reverse the position and ended up on top. From there DC let everyone know why he is the champion. Cormier battered Johnson on the ground before taking his back and sinking in a Rear Naked Choke for the victory.
After the fight Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from the sport of MMA. After his victory, Daniel Cormier argued back and forth with Jimi Manuwa and Jon Jones, who were both in live attendance. It is likely that the UFC will choose Jones as DC’s next opponent.
Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman hoped to get one step closer to the middleweight title. The opening round was back and forth, with Weidman likely stealing it due to his wrestling. All the excitement came during the second round.
Weidman looked to bring the fight back to the ground, and Mousasi gladly punished him when he attempted. Mousasi rocked Chris with punches while up against the cage, and Chris was forced to shoot in for a sloppy takedown. Mousasi got the clinches and punished Chris with knees, that many people thought to be illegal. The fight was stopped, and it looked like Mousasi was going to be disqualified. After a few minutes, it was announced that the fight would not continue, and Mousasi was awarded the TKO victory.
Team Alpha Male’s Cynthia Calvilo hoped to shine once again on the UFC’s PPV card. She welcomed UFC newcomer Pearl Gonzalez. The two strawweights put on an exciting back and forth first round with both fighters finding success. After that, it seemed to be Calvilo’s fight. She was able to win the grappling exchanges, and from there she punished her opponent. Cynthia refused to let the fight go to the judges score card, and got the finish in the 3rd round with another submission victory. In her post fight interview, she quoted Nate Diaz by saying, “I’m not surprised Mother F****er.” She seems to be the UFC’s golden child right now, and it’ll be interesting to see who she gets matched up with next.
Thiago Alves made his return to the welterweight division after not being unable to make the drop to lightweight work. Patrick Cote hoped to make it an unhappy return, but fans were greeted with some old-school Thiago Alves. Throughout the three rounds, Alves punished Cote on the feet and it looked like he would get the finish on numerous occasions. Cote continued to prove that he is as tough as they come by forcing the fight to go the distance. Alves was awarded the Unanimous Decision victory.
After the fight, Cote was extremely emotional, and announced his retirement. It was sad to see the UFC vet retire on a 2 fight skid. Alves should be greeted with another striker outside the Top 15 for his next fight.
To open the Main Card, Will Brooks hoped to rebound from his first loss in the UFC. Charles Oliveira was making the move up to lightweight after fighting on many occasions in the featherweight dvision. Oliveira needed minimal time when the fight started to get Brook to the cage.
From there Oliveira was able to get the back of the former Bellator champion, and quickly got the choke. With the quick victory, Oliveira deserves a top 15 opponent. Will Brooks many need to take some time off to work on his skills, as losing 3 in a row is a quick way to get booted from the UFC.
50 G’s Baby!
Fight of the Night went to Shane Burgos and Charles Rosa put on an exciting fight in the Featherweight division. In a fight that saw mostly the best of Rosa, Burgos was able to finish the fight strong with a 3rd Round stoppage victory.
Charles Oliveira and Gregor Gillespie both earned themselves a performance of the night Bonus. Oliveira earned his with his quick victory over Will Brooks. Gillespie also needed minimal time with his quick work over Andrew Holbrook on the Fight Pass prelims.
Urijah Faber to Join the Greats
During UFC 210, it was announced that Urijah Faber will be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame during the promotion’s International Fight week in July. Faber made it possible for the smaller weight classes to fight on the big show. Urijah retired from the sport late last year after his win over Brad Pickett. Urijah Faber will continue to be involved with the sport, as he is the Owner of Team Alpha Male, a gym to many up and coming fighters.
Anderson Silva’s Next Foe?
Earlier this week, it was announced that Kelvin Gastelum was pulled from UFC 212 due to a failed drug test after his victory over Vitor Belfort. Kelvin failed due to THC levels that were higher than the allowed limits.
Silva hopes to stay on the card due to it being in his home country of Brazil. MMAFighting.com reported that Silva is interested in fighting Yoel Romero or Nick Diaz. The Romero fight could easily be turned into an Interim title fight. The Diaz fight would be a great opportunity for Silva to fix his no contest against the former foe.
This weekend the UFC returns to Kansas City, MO with Demetrious Johnson defending his Flyweight title against Wilson Reis. What did you enjoy the most this past week in the MMA world? Let us know below in the comments section.
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