Daniel Cormier retained his title at UFC 210, submitting Anthony Johnson. We have full results and play-by-play of the main card!
Daniel Cormier retained his light heavyweight title at UFC 210 with a huge rear-naked choke win over Anthony Johnson. Cormier and Johnson grappled against the cage for the first round and a half, and Johnson landed some huge shots, one of which broke Cormier’s nose in the first round.
But Cormier eventually got Johnson’s back and from there, it was no contest. When Johnson defended the choke, Cormier slammed fist after fist into his face until he was bloodied, and then sunk in the choke for good measure and a finish.
Cormier quickly started jawing with fellow contender Jimi Manuwa after the bout, and the camera, of course, showed an expressionless Jon Jones sitting in the crowd.
The co-main event between Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi provided a full round and a couple minutes of incredible action before the fight ended in a very controversial manner. Mousasi had Weidman clinched up, and landed two legal knees to the head. But Weidman had both hands down just before the second knee and the referee stopped the action because he thought it was illegal.
Unfortunately, it was legal. But given that replay is not included in the rules in New York, the decision to stop it and allow Weidman five minutes to recover should have had to stick. But somebody else got involved and informed the referee that, upon replay, it was a legal knee. From there many discussions were had, including Weidman being examined by a doctor.
Ultimately, the fight was called in favor of Mousasi via TKO, because the fight never should have been stopped and they didn’t feel like they could fairly continue it. But in reality, it seems like they should have had to live with the original decision to give Weidman time to recover — and Mousasi was not going to be docked a point even before the referee realized his mistake.
Mousasi, in a very classy move, stopped his corner from celebrating after the fight was called and said after the fight that he would do a rematch with Weidman any time.
In other main card action, Thiago Alves and Patrick Cote combined for a very fun scrap that went all three rounds and ended in a unanimous decision for Alves. In the womens’ strawweight division, Cynthia Calvillo worked a tireless standup and ground game for the better part of three rounds before securing a rear-naked choke on Pearl Gonzalez in the third round.
To kick off the main card, Charles Oliveira earned a lightweight victory when he secured a standing rear-naked choke submission on Will Brooks.
Below is the full play-by-play of the main card for UFC 210, followed by a list of results for the entire card.
Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of Round 2
Round 1: The two touch gloves to start the fight, and we’re finally back to fighting after what happened to end the co-main event. Johnson throws a huge 1-2 combo and Cormier answers with a wild right hook of his own, but all are glancing blows. Johnson is the first one to shoot, pressing Cormier up against the cage. It’s important that neither fighter expend too much energy with these takedown attempts in the first of five rounds. It seems an odd strategy for Johnson, who figures to have the worse cardio of the pair, and who figures to have the advantage in striking. Cormier eventually flips Johnson around and is now controlling the clinch. Johnson is now trying to get out but he can’t, with Cormier switching between a clinch to a front headlock and back. Cormier is staying just busy enough to prevent the referee from stepping in. Johnson throws some strikes when they disengage briefly and he lands a few, but Cormier clinches up again.
Cormier holds the fence and the referee steps in and separates them. Rumble immediately throws a flurry of strikes, including a head kick that stumbles Cormier big time. But Rumble, again, clinches up with Cormier and it’s … an odd strategy. With 20 seconds to go Johnson is working Cormier against the cage but can’t make anything happen. The round comes to an end.
Round 2: Cormier has a broken nose, but he’s good to fight and they quickly end up clinched against the cage again. But this time, Rumble actually gets a takedown, but Cormier gets up briefly. Cormier now works a single-leg takedown and he gets it, before taking Rumble’s back. It was just bad, bad form for Rumble, who has to fight off the submission that ended him in their first fight. Rumble defends it well but Cormier starts raining down heavy, heavy shots from the back. He starts landing several unanswered shots and Rumble isn’t defending. Then Cormier secures a rear-naked choke and quickly chokes Rumble out for the victory.
Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (knee) at 3:13 of Round 2
Round 1: Weidman takes the center of the octagon and Mousasi makes it clear early he wants a heavy shot as he unloads a right that Weidman steps away from. Mousasi lands a straight left jab as Weidman comes in. Weidman throws a huge body kick but Mousasi catches it and Weidman has to hop away to avoid some heavy strikes. Not long after that though, Weidman came in for a takedown and gets Mousasi to the ground. Mousasi scrambles and Weidman briefly looks like he has a guillotine locked in. Mousasi, though, defended well and got out of it and both returned standing. Weidman lands a nice left jab but Mousasi looks unfazed. Mousasi lands a huge leg kick that sends Weidman to the mat briefly. Upon getting up, Weidman shoots for, and secures another takedown. Mousasi, though, gets back to his feet after a few seconds on his back.
After standing, Mousasi is immediately planting and throwing again, but Weidman shoots for another takedown. He gets Mousasi against the cage and keeps trying to work the takedown. Mousasi holds himself up though, and works some knees to Weidman’s thighs. They separate with Mousasi throwing and just missing with a wild hook. Weidman, though, throws a wild hook of his own that stumbles Mousasi briefly. Mousasi keeps coming forward though and Weidman shoots for yet another takedown. He gets it briefly but Mousasi, again, gets back up. Weidman had no control on that one so it may not count as a takedown. With 10 seconds to go Weidman lands a nice jab and Mousasi slips, ending up on his back but the round comes to an end. Mousasi definitely did some damage, but Weidman had control so it could go either way.
Round 2: Mousasi hurts Weidman with a hard jab, and swarms. He lands several hard shots, multiple hooks and jabs as Weidman staggers and tries to defend. Weidman looks like he’s recovered and Mousasi … goes for a takedown? He doesn’t get it, and has Weidman up against the cage, throwing knees at his thighs. The referee steps in after some time like that and they separate. Weidman throws a straight right and when Mousasi throws a jab, he is immedaitely taken down by Weidman. Mousasi, from the bottom, is holding Weidman’s head down and waiting it out. They scramble a bit and Weidman isn’t giving up. But Mousasi makes a huge mistake and lets Weidman into mount, and then lets him transition to his back. Mousasi, though, wisely rolls out of it and while Weidman is trying to re-establish mount, Mousasi gets up. The two grapple and Mousasi gets clinch. Mousasi throws a knee, a very legal knee while Weidman only has one hand down. Weidman, though, gets a second hand down, but just barely, and Mousasi hits him with a second knee.
The second one may have been legal, the camera angle makes it look like Weidman takes his hand up right as Mousasi lands the second knee. Weidman gets a full five minutes to recover even though the referee watches the replay and sees that it’s a legal knee. The referee knows it’s legal, but I suppose since he’s already stopped the fight, he keeps the clock rolling. It seems like the fight should be stopped because there should be no break. Eventually, the fight is waved off with the doctor’s deciding to call it. It’s unclear why and Weidman is upset, but the win goes to Mousasi. Weidman was clearly trying to manipulate the rules by getting his hands down and it’s such a weird ending to the fight. There is no real provision for the referee restarting the fight, nor ending it.
The fans boo Mousasi, and Mousasi instructs his team not to celebrate and wave his flag, he’s clearly upset at the way things have gone as well. Mousasi says on the microphone that he’d be happy for a rematch, calling it “no problem.”
Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of Round 3
Round 1: Calvillo is immediately aggressive, trying to throw from range, but Gonzalez is patiently avoiding and moving forward. Calvillo lands five or six early shots, but they’re all going off Gonzalez’s arms as she’s blocking. Gonzalez continues to cover her face and move forward, but is started to show some redness from Calvillo, who keeps throwing. It’s definitely a volume approach from Calvillo. Gonzalez throws and lands a nice leg kick. The two clinch up with about a minute to go and Calvillo lands a nice knee to the body. Calvillo is trying to work a standing anaconda choke but Gonzalez gets out and presses Calvillo against the cage. Calvillo throws and lands a hard elbow and is working a single leg takedown. She gets it, but Calvillo swings a leg around and starts to take her back. She then locks in a triangle and may have had a finish if not for the round coming to an end.
Round 2: Gonzalez ended the round in a seriously bad position, and was likely too inactive for much of the round prior to that. The two tie up near the cage after about a minute of fighting. Calvillo tries to secure a takedown on Gonzalez, but Gonzalez switches it around and gets Calvillo down. Then, Gonzalez hooks an arm and comes very close to securing an armbar, but Calvillo escapes and then has top control on Gonzalez. Calvillo works her ground game and passes to get Gonzalez’s back with 2:20 to go in the round. Calvillo tries to lock a rear-naked choke in, but Gonzalez defends well. Gonzalez is solely defending here. Calvillo foregoes the choke attempt and rolls into full mount. Then she rolls again and has Gonzalez’s back again, but this time mounted high up on the back, with a lot more leverage. Still, she can’t quite get a hook in to secure a submission. She’s landing punches though, enough to do damage, and Gonzalez has completely been blanked through the entire round, which comes to an end with Calvillo in dominant position.
Round 3: Gonzalez is showing some more pressure at the start of this round. She lands a heavy right hook that stumbles Calvillo. Calvillo is starting to look a little tired after her high-volume offense earlier in the fight. Gonzalez, though, is breathing heavily through he mouth. She throws a right hook and while off balance, Calvillo trips her and lands in half guard with three minutes to go in the fight. Calvillo works around and gets Gonzalez’s back again. Calvillo again tries for a rear-naked choke but can’t quite hook under the chin. With 1:20 to go, Calvillo finally gets a hook under the chin, locks the rear-naked choke and after a few seconds, Gonzalez is forced to tap. It was a masterful performance from Calvillo.
Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1: The two combat veterans take the center of the octagon at the start of the round. Cote starts with a leg kick and Alves is immediately throwing punch combos, forcing Cote to stumble. No serious damage is done though and the two contrinue to size each other up. Cote throws a combination, landing a grazing right hand. Cote goes in again but Alves sways and lands a nice knee to the face that forces Cote to back up. Cote throws a hard right and Alves counters with a leg kick. Alves throws a head kick that Cote blocks, and then lands a nice straight right hand. Cote tries a head kick of his own that misses. Cote throws a body kick with a minute left in the round and Alves finds his opening, landing a nice strike that sends Cote down to his back. He’s not seriously damaged but Alves is in a dominant position and lands some nice ground-and-pound before Cote begins to hold him down. Alves ends up in side control, delivering elbows and punches, but the round comes to an end before he can capitalize.
Round 2: Despite the end of the first round, Cote comes out aggressive. He is throwing hard and pushes Alves into the fence, but Alves quickly turns it around and lands multiple hard jabs and a slick left hook that backs Cote up. Cote is throwing as part of these exchanges but nothing is landing. Cote, though, isn’t backing up and he’s working from range, trying to put together a combination. Alves throws a hard leg kick a couple minutes into the round and it looks like he’s starting to do damage to Cote’s lead leg. Cote finally lands with a sustained combo, forcing Alves to duck out and away. Both the right and left hook landed as part of that combo from Cote. At 1:30 in the round, Alves lands a huge knee to the body of Cote and he gets on top of him in sprawl position. But Cote recovers and gets back to his feet. He tries to bullrush Alves with a 1-2 combo but Alves steps aside. Alves is warned twice by the referee to keep his hands closed, and another warning could result in a penalty. Near the end of the round, Cote lands some nice shots, his best of the fight. But it’s probably another Alves round overall.
Round 3: Alves lands what looked to be an inadvertent low blow at the start of the third but Cote shakes it off. Both fighters were moving forward, which is why the referee did not take a point. Cote is the aggressor once again at the start of the round. Cote landed a hard right jab/left hook combo that hurt Alves, but very little damage has been done to him thus far. Cote goes for a takedown but Alves fights it off and gets Cote up against the cage. Alves goes for a takedown of his own and gets Cote on his back. Cote locks his arms around Alves and eventually, Alves lets him up. Alves landed some hard shots on the ground that opened up a bad cut on Cote’s head. Cote, blood leaking out of his face, keeps pressing forward. Alves lands a hard body kick with a minute to go. Cote lands a beautiful right uppercut, and tries to go right back to it but Alves steps out. Cote winds his arm up, trying to feint Alves, before throwing a jab with the other hand. Cote is putting on a bit of a show at the end here, but Alves is still clearly up in the cards. The round comes to an end with Cote looking like he’s shooting for a takedown while Alves throws a flying knee. No huge connection but it was close!
Cote took his gloves off and dropped them in the octagon after the fight was called for Alves, and announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, not in an angry way or anything. He thanked the fans after giving it his all.
Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 1
Round 1: Brooks lands a nice left kick to the body about a minute into the round, but the two clinch up and Oliveira lands a trip, ending the takedown in full guard. Brooks is immediately fighting to get off the ground, where he likely doesn’t want to be with Oliveira. Brooks starts to get up but Oliveira wraps himself around and hops on Brooks’ back, trying to work a rear-naked choke while hanging from Brooks’ back. He sinks the choke in and after some struggling, Brooks has to tap because there’s nowhere for him to go. A masterful submission performance from the boom-or-bust Oliveira.
UFC 210 Full Fight Card results
Light heavyweight: Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of Round 2
Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (knee) at 3:13 of Round 2
Women’s strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:45 of Round 3
Welterweight: Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 1
Featherweight: Mike De La Torre def. Myles Jury via TKO (elbows and punches) at 3:30 of Round 1
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman def. Sean Strickland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Featherweight: Shane Burgos def. Charles Rosa via TKO (punches) at 1:59 of Round 3
Light heavyweight: Patrick Cummins def. Jan Blachowicz via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Lightweight: Gergor Gillespie def. Andrew Holbrook via KO (punches) at 0:21 of Round 1
Lightweight: Desmond Green def. Josh Emmett via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Women’s bantamweight: Katlyn Chookagian def Irene Aldana via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Flyweight: Magomed Bibulatov def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 2926)