Cormier-Johnson II Headlines UFC 210

UFC 210 has found its headliner: light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will face Anthony Johnson in the main event of the Buffalo, N.Y. pay-per-view event, which takes place on April 8. Cormier announced the news on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

Cormier and Johnson first fought for the vacant 205-lb. title at UFC 187 in May of 2015. After surviving an early knockdown, Cormier outwrestled Johnson on the way to a third-round submission victory.

The two were set to rematch for Cormier’s belt at UFC 206 in December, but the champion was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury. Johnson chose to wait for Cormier rather than accept a replacement opponent, and he will get the fight he wants when the UFC returns to Buffalo.

Cormier (18-1) has fought twice since beating Johnson. He defeated Alexander Gustafsson in a five-round war in October of 2015. He was then set to rematch former champion Jon Jones, but was forced out of their April title fight due to an injury. The fight was made again for UFC 200 in July, but Jones was pulled at the last minute due to a failed drug test. Cormier instead faced Anderson Silva in a non-title fight, beating the former middleweight champion in an unremarkable three-round decision.

Since losing to Cormier, Johnson (22-5) has been the most intimidating force in the light-heavyweight division. He’s won three fights, against Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira, all by way of brutal knockout. It only took 13 seconds for Johnson to shut Teixeira’s lights out at UFC 202 in August, cementing him as the clear #1 challenger to Cormier’s title.

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