Daniel Cormier defeats reckless Anthony Johnson to take the vacant light heavyweight belt, Chris Weidman stays unbeaten and retains middleweight title
It was all set for the card to be headlined by the UFC World Light Heavyweight Championship bout between top contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (19-5) and the now-former champion Jon Jones (21-1) but the latter was involved in a rather shocking hit-and-run accident which got his belt stripped by the UFC and his license to fight suspended indefinitely. And so Daniel Cormier (16-1), who was supposed to fight Ryan Bader (19-4) in a coming event, took the golden opportunity to replace Jones and fight for the vacant title.
Johnson started the bout aggressively right from the opening bell, swinging really hard and got Cormier in trouble for a few seconds before missing one of his wild punches and slipped which allowed Cormier to clinch and press him to the fences to weather the storm. Cormier started throwing some kicks to agitate Johnson to respond with body kicks of his own, which opened the doors for Cormier to take him down. On the ground, Cormier poured down some merciless elbows which cut him. Johnson was clearly already gassed out. He's so tired that he was wobbling back to his corner during the interval. His coaches kept encouraging him to not give up but he eventually did in the third round, tapping out to a rear naked choke that he practically presented to Cormier when he seemingly fell to his knees on his own due to fatigue.
Ironically, Johnson could still say "never give up" during the post-fight interview, but he just did. Was he reckless or was he gambling on knocking Cormier out before the second round? Whereas for Cormier, he only said one thing during the interview, "I have a message for one man; Jon Jones, get your shit together! I'm waiting for you!" Ryan Bader walked in during the post-event press conference to talk trash to Cormier and the champion's response for hilarious, "I want the easiest fight in the division. I want Ryan Bader! Give me my paycheck now. Get the fuck outta here."
As for the co-main event, it was the middleweight title bout between the champ Chris Weidman (13-0) against Vitor Belfort (24-11). Weidman wasn't pleased with Belfort's higher testoterone level and labeled him a cheat, therefore making the fight a bit more interesting than the main event.
Weidman had to survive a barrage of extremely quick strike combos from before he won. He was cut and got into a lot of trouble before he finally did what he does best, utilise his wrestling abilities to take Belfort down, advanced to full mount position and unleashed the ground and pound. Belfort tried turning and punching back from the bottom while the referee was warning him but he just couldn't stop Weidman from hitting his face. This marks Weidman's third successful defence to his middleweight title and all of which were against Brazilian fighters. He may not have the charm or an exciting fighting style, but there's no denying that this champion is legit. Perhaps it's time to get over Anderson Silva era. During the post-fight interview, Weidman sent a message to the fans of the sport, "Stop doubting me! Last invitation, join the team!"
UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier - Results(Source: Wikipedia)
Fight of the Night: Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
Performance of the Night: Daniel Cormier and Chris Weidman
Main CardLight Heavyweight Title: Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson | Submission (RNC) | R3 2:39
Middleweight Title: Chris Weidman (c) def. Vitor Belfort | TKO (punches) | R1 2:53
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi | TKO (retirement) | R2 4:44
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Browne | TKO (punches) | R1 4:41
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. John Moraga | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Preliminary CardFlyweight: John Dodson def. Zach Makovsky | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Josh Burkman | Submission (arm-triangle choke) | R3 2:13
Middleweight: Rafael Natal def. Uriah Hall | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Colby Covington def. Mike Pyle | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev def. Leo Kuntz | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R2 2:38
Flyweight: Justin Scoggins def. Josh Sampo | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
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