UFC 210 Recap and Results
UFC 210 was headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between the current champion Daniel Cormier and powerhouse Anthony Johnson, along with a very important Middleweight bout between former champion Chris Weidman and veteran Gegard Mousasi.
With Johnson being on such a tear since the loss to Daniel Cormier in 2015, with three Knockout wins against top 10 opponents, there were real belief things would be different this time around. A less active and aging Cormier had a hard-fought title defense against Gustafsson and a lackluster performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 200.
Although Johnson had more momentum on his side ultimately it was the same result as their first fight. Johnson had success early with powerful strikes, including a kick which appeared to stagger the Champion, but ultimately ended up cage fighting and grappling with the former Olympian. Although Anthony was successful with a couple of takedowns Cormier was able to either get up or reverse the position. After Cormier gained the back and started hammering Johnson on the mat with punches, it was deja vu as Cormier once again got the rear naked choke against Johnson. After the fight, Anthony Johnson officially retired from MMA citing he was pursuing a non-MMA job and disliked training. I really hope he will reconsider retiring especially with an already shallow division with few top contenders. Along with the shock retirement of Johnson, Cormier planted seeds for potential fights with Jimi Manuwa and Jon Jones in his post fight interview.
It seems there isn't an event without controversy when it is held in New York. In a very competitive fight which saw Weidman use effective takedowns while Mousasi looked to stand and blitz the former champ with strikes. After a weak takedown attempt from Weidman, Mousasi got the plum clinch and dropped two knees to Chris's face with the last one being deemed illegal by the referee due to Weidman's hands both touching the floor. On the replay it was apparent that Weidman's hand was off the floor when both of the strikes landed, making the knees legal. Hopefully, all of the commissions look to incorporate video replay for referees in the future. As Weidman was unable to continue, the fight was deemed a TKO victory for Mousasi. I feel bad for Weidman but more so for Mousasi who started turning the tide and applying pressure to the former champ, who looked to be slowing down in the second round.
Other than the main and co-main fights there were strong fights throughout the card. Cynthia Calvillo displayed a very slick ground game with amazing transitions and scrambles while allows threatening with submissions. Vintage Thiago Alves was back on display and Patrick Cote retired at the end of the fight after a 15-year career. Charles Oliveira looked amazing against Will Brooks in his Lightweight return. A strong debut from Gregor Gillespie and the war between Shane Burgos and Charles Rosa also stood out in the prelims of the event.
Congratulations to Black_Mamba for winning and achieving this event's highest score with a 5 point gap. Make sure you make your predictions for the FOX card next week where Mighty Mouse looks to equal Anderson Silva's record for total title defenses.
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