MMA - Apr 5, 2017

UFC 210: Cormier and Johnson return to the Octagon – with some bad blood between them

Be sure to watch this highly anticipated championship rematch on Sportsnet PPV on April 8

It’s been nearly two years since Daniel Cormier (18-1) submitted Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (22-5) for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 187, but the bad blood between the two fighters still lingers. After being put on hold because of an injury to Cormier in December, their highly anticipated championship rematch is set to take place as the main event of UFC 210 on Saturday, April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

In addition to seeing Cormier and Johnson renew acquaintances in a title fight, the 12-fight card will also feature former UFC® middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-2) looking to get back on track in his home state when he faces four-time world champion Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2).

This will be the third fight for the 38-year-old Cormier since defeating Johnson for the vacant light heavyweight belt in May 2015. His previous two fights have ended on a decision, the last being a unanimous victory over former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 200 in a three-round, non-title affair last July. A two-time Olympian and former All-American wrestler, Cormier’s only career loss came at the hands of Jon Jones at UFC 182.

Possessing one of the most lethal right hands in the UFC, Johnson didn’t let the loss to Cormier set him back. The No. 1 challenger in the light heavyweight division has ended his last three fights with a pair of first-round knockouts, and another that lasted just 28 seconds into round two. Of Johnson’s 19 UFC career victories, 13 have been knockouts and 8 of 10 of them came in the first round – with a UFC-record five coming in the first minute of the fight.

Weidman made headlines back in July 2013 when he became the first UFC fighter to defeat Silva, landing a knockout blow in the second round to become the middleweight champion. Weidman would hold on to the title for more than two years, including a title defense over Silva in December 2013. Mousasi, a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, comes into the night having won four consecutive fights, including the last three via knockout.

Other fights on the main card include: a welterweight battle between Canada’s Patrick “The Predator” Cote (24-10) and Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (26-12); and Will Brooks (18-2) faces Charles Oliveira (21-7) in a lightweight bout.

See UFC 210 live from Buffalo on Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET (pre-show) and 10 p.m. ET (event start) on SportsnetTM Pay Per View on Channel 348 (HD) for $59.99 or on Channel 350 (SD) for $54.99 (in Hamilton on Channel 291 in HD or Channel 287 in SD). Ontario customers can also watch the event in French on Channel 349 (HD) for $59.99 and Channel 351 (SD) for $54.99.

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