UFC 210: Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2
UFC 210 pits Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier against 1-ranked contender Anthony Johnson. The event takes place on Saturday, April 8, in Buffalo, New York. Keep reading for analysis and a prediction of the best main card fights at UFC 210!
Katlyn Chookagian (8-1-) vs Irene Aldana (7-3) – This could be the most exciting fight on the main card. Irene Aldana landed 108 strikes versus Leslie Smith at UFC Fight Night this past Dec. 16. Too bad for Irene, Smith landed 168 strikes. Smith won via a 3-Round decision in the Fight of the Night. Chookagian has a ground game while Aldana doesn’t. But, Aldana is tough to get down. I think she’s going to throw way too many strikes in this fight for Chookagian to escape. I like Aldana.
Prediction: Aldana via Round 3 KO
13 Patrick Cummins (8-4) vs 14 Jan Blachowicz (19-6) – On paper, these two appear evenly matched. A closer look reveals that Cummins has a slight edge in terms of strikes landed per minute, 4.32 to 3.28, and strikes absorbed per minute, 2.75 to 3.45. Cummins’ real edge is in grappling. Blachowicz averages 1.21 takedowns. Cummins averages 6.87 takedowns while preventing takedowns 80% of the time. Cummins wins a decision.
Prediction: Cummins via decision
4 Chris Weidman (13-2) vs Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2) – Since beating Anderson Silva twice, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort, Weidman’s been decimated twice. First, Luke Rockholdpummeled Weidman with 126 strikes at UFC 194. Rockhold knocked out Weidman in Round 4. Then, at UFC 205, Yoel Romero knocked out Weidman in Round 3. Gegard Mousasi is 6 and 1 in his last 7 fights. Mousasi has excellent defense, especially in the stand up. Not only that, but he’s one of those lifetime fighters. Think about it. Mousasi has 49 MMA fights. I think Weidman’s in trouble.
Prediction: Mousasi via Round 2 KO
Light Heavyweight Division
C Daniel Cormier (18-1) vs Daniel Johnson 22-5-0
The last time that Daniel Cormier and Daniel Johnson fought, Cormier won Performance of the Night. That happened at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015. Since that time, Cormier has beaten Anderson Silva and Alexander Gustafsson. He’s also had to pull out of a couple of fights. His nemesis, Jon Jones, has had to pull out of a couple of fights as well.
It means that when Cormier returns to the Octagon at UFC 210, it will be the first time since July 9, 2016. That’s almost a 7-month layoff. Will Cormier be rusty? Probably not. But, it’s a mistake to think that Anderson Silva, whom Cormier beat this past July, is anywhere close as capable as Anthony Johnson.
Anthony Johnson hasn’t lost since the Cormier fight. He destroyed Ryan Bader on Jan. 30, 2016 before knocking out Glover Teixeira with 4 strikes at UFC 202. Johnson has gotten better since he last faced Cormier. 73% of his wins, including the 3 wins after fighting Cormier, have come via KO.
Cormier is usually the aggressive fighter. What Johnson must do is match Cormier’s aggressiveness without letting the former wrestling great take Johnson to the ground. Johnson is great at takedowns. But, he wants to keep this fight off the mat as much as possible.
If Johnson uses his reach, he’s got 4 inches on Cormier in leg reach and 6 inches on Cormier in arm reach, he should eventually wear down Cormier. But, if Cormier can goad Johnson into fighting a ground game, the champion will submit the challenger.
I think Johnson knows what he needs to do to win this fight. I like him to exact revenge over Daniel Cormier via KO.
Prediction: Anthony Johnson via Round 3 KO
Event: UFC 210: " Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2."
Date: Saturday, Abril 8, 2017, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Key Bank Center, Buffalo, New York .
Patrick Cummins vs Jan Blachowicz
Katlyn Chookagian vs Irene Aldana
Shane Burgos vs Charles Rosa
UFC 210 results: Daniel Cormier submits Anthony Johnson, who retires
Anthony Johnson came up short in his second attempt at the UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday night, getting finished by champion Daniel Cormier in the UFC 210 main event.
That’s apparently turned out to be the final night in the career of the Georgia native known as “Rumble,” as he lost via rear-naked choke at 3:37 of the second round at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.
“I don’t have any excuses, I lost again to the better man,” Johnson (22-6) said as he fought back tears. “This is my last fight, I didn’t want any distractions, but I want to thank you all for being with me.”
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