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UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2

KeyBank Center | Buffalo, New York
Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

CARD RATING

The early prelims started out slow with 3 of the 4 fights going to the judges to decide.  The last fight however made up for all of them, with Gregor Gillespie knocking out Andrew Holbrook in the first 0:21 seconds of Round 1.  That was beautiful!  Another TKO came in the third round at 1:59 by Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa. Myles Jury delivered another TKO at 3:30 of Round 1 vs. Mike De La Torre.  That fight was bloody and looked painful.  The main card started off with a bang when Charles Oliveira sinks in a Guillotine Choke Submission at 2:30 of Round 1 against Will Brooks.  Another fight that was great and ended quick.  The fight between Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez took some time to end however Calvillo finally sinks in a submission.  The TKO win for Gegard Mousasi against Chris Weidman is definitely a fight to see.  Being stopped by the referee and determined by the doctors, take a look at the fight to see if you agree with what happened.  The main event ended quick as most knew it may.  The fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson ended in a Rear Naked Choke Submission leaving Cormier winning his title once again.  At the end of the fight, Johnson announces his retirement.  This card we had more fights that won out by KO or Submission than we had going to judges decision.  The fights that went to decision were good, but of course not as good as a knockout.  Lastly, we can’t forget the 2, not 1 ,but TWO low blows to Jenel Lausa in the fight vs. Magomed Bibulatov.  Poor guy, he’ll be feeling that for a while.

Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.54/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 5/5. Making this our best card yet!! Continue reading to see if you agree.

Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.

Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER

MAIN CARD

Daniel “DC” Cormier (California ,USA) 18 – 1 – 0 VS Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (Florida, USA) 22 – 5 – 0  Light Heavyweight – Light Heavyweight Title Fight

  • ROUND 1 – The main event is underway.  A fight that many have been looking forward too.  This may be a very quick fight or a very long fight. I guess we’ll see how it goes.  A touch of gloves and here we go.  Cormier with a right jab to Johnson. Johnson goes for a take down and has Cormier pinned against the cage.  Cormier delivering some knees and elbows to Johnson.  With less than two minutes to go, both fighters continue to hug it out near the cage.  The referee breaks them up with less than a minute to go due to inactivity.  A few minutes spent in the centre of the Octagon where Johnson gets a nice kick in and then they are right back to being against the cage.  We give this round to Cormier for dominating more of the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Johnson comes out striking and Cormier pins him against the cage… once again.  Johnson manages a take down however Cormier gets up quick.  Cormier has Johnson’s back and is delivering punches to his head however nothing major is coming from it.  Less than 2 minutes to go.  Cormier has Johnson’s back and sinks in a submission forcing Johnson to tap out.  Daniel Cormier wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:37 of Round 2.  Cormier has managed to defend his title once again.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Gegard Mousasi (Holland, Netherlands)  41 – 6 – 2 VS Chris “All- American” Weidman (New York, USA) 13 – 2 – 0 Middleweight

  • ROUND 1 – Here we go, the Co-Main event of the evening! The fight starts off with gloves a swinging! Both fighters seem focused and looking for a knock out. Weidman goes for a take down and succeeds,  He has a guillotine choke hold from the back however doesn’t manage to submit and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Weidman attempts another take down however, instead ends up pinning Mousasi against the cage.  With less than a minute to go in the first round, Weidman is attempting another take down and doesn’t succeed.  We give this round to Weidman for his dominance and persistence.
  • ROUND 2 – Mousasi comes out with gloves swinging and a flurry of punches towards Weidman who is now up against the cage.  This ends and Weidman then has Mousasi pinned up against the cage.  The referee breaks this up and they both go to the centre of the Octagon again.  Weidman then takes Mousasi down and is looking for a submission.  He doesn’t get it and both fighters are back up.  Mousasi with two knees to Wiedman’s head.  The referee puts a stop to the fight assuming that Mousasi landed an illegal blow to Weidman.  The referees and judges are discussing the outcome while Weidman is still sitting on the Octagon floor.  He’s being examined by doctors but is standing and looks to be okay.  We’re not sure what the wait is as it looks like it was a Legal Knee.  The doctors call off the fight and determine the fight to be over.  Gegard Mousasi wins by TKO at 3:13 of the second round.  What an interesting way to win a fight.  Fight Rate: 4/5 

Cynthia Calvillo (California, USA) 4 – 0 – 0 VS Pearl Gonzalez (Illinois, USA) 6 – 1 – 0 Strawweight

  • ROUND 1 – The first couple minutes of the round were spent in trading punches back and forth and feeling the other out.  Calvillo attempts a take down but doesn’t get it.  Calvillo is the more active striker with Gonzalez being the counter striker.  Calvillo with a hold on Gonzalez’s neck looking to sink in a submission however ends up pinned against the cage by Gonzalez and then brought to the ground.  While on the ground, Calvillo attempts a triangle choke however Gonzalez is saved by the bell.  We give this round to Calvillo for her dominance.
  • ROUND 2 – The round starts off the same with Calvillo being the more aggressive striker and Gonzalez being the counter striker.  Gonzalez brings Calvillo down against the cage into a full mount however Calvillo escapes, reverses it and has Gonzalez in an arm bar hold.  Gonzalez escapes from that but then Calvillo has Gonzalez’s back attempting a rear naked choke.  In Gonzalez’s attempt to escape, Calvillo ends up getting Gonzalez in a full mount.  Less than a minute to go, we give this round to Calvillo as well.
  • ROUND 3 – The first couple minutes start off slow with punches being exchanged.  Cavillo then grabs Gonzalez’s leg and takes her down.  Cavillo then has Gonzalez’s back and is going for a rear naked choke once again.  This time she gets it and Gonzalez taps out.  Cynthia Calvillo wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:45 of the third round.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (Fortaleza, Brazil) 21 – 11 – 0 VS Patrick “The Predator” Cote (Quebec, Canada) 23 – 10 – 0 Welterweight

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters start by feeling each other out.  Alves starting out with a few leg kicks.  A nice knee to Cote’s head by Alves.  With less than two minutes to go in the first round, both fighters are trading punches without any significant damage.  Alves, however, is landing more strikes. Cote with a leg kick that gets caught by Alves.  Alves then drops Cote with a left hook and then continues to punch Cote while he’s on the ground.  The horn blows, and the round is over.  We give this round to Alves for having more effective strikes.
  • ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts off with both fighters exchanging punches and elbows.  Both fighters are looking to end the fight quick, however it looks like Alves has more determination based off his aggressiveness and look.  Alves with a stiff jab that drops Cote.  Cote recovers fast and both are back standing in the centre of the Octagon.  Less than 30 seconds to go, we give this round to Alves once again.
  • ROUND 3 – This round starts off with Alves delivering a low blow to Cote.  Cote however shakes it off quick and they are on their way.  Cote has Alves pinned against the cage, which doesn’t last long as Alves then has Cote pinned and then drops him.  Alves is on top of Cote looking for a submission.  He doesn’t get it and both fighters are once again standing in the centre of the Octagon.  It looks like Cote is bleeding from the head.  Could be from the punches he received while Alves was on top.  Less than a minute left in the final round.  We give this round and the fight to Alves 30-27.  Over to the judges.  30-27 for winner by unanimous decision Thiago Alves! We saw that coming.  Fight Rate: 3/5

Will “Ill Will” Brooks (Florida, USA) 18 – 2 – 0 VS  Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 21 – 7 – 0 Lightweight

  • ROUND 1 – Here we see, the blue shorts, red gloves debacle once again.  A touch of gloves and the first fight in the main card is underway.  Oliveira with a take down.  He has Brooks pinned against the cage and is looking for a submission.  Brooks gets up with Oliveira on his back.  This is bad for Brooks as Oliveira is on tight.  Oliveira doesn’t let go and sinks in a Guillotine choke.  Brooks defends it well however it was only a matter of time before he had to tap out.  Charles Oliveira wins by Guillotine Choke Submission at 2:30 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

PRELIMS

Mike “El Cucuy” De La Torre (Arizona, USA) 14 – 6 – 0 VS Myles “Fury” Jury (California, USA) 15 – 1 – 0 Featherweight

  • ROUND 1 – Jury starting off the first round with a take down.  Jury has De La Torre’s back in a body triangle and is looking for a submission.  Jury now has De La Torre flat against the mat.   It’s only a matter of time before the referee stops the fight.  Jury is raining down punches.  De La Torre is a bloody mess.   His face is bleeding from what seems to be everywhere.  And there we have it.  The referee stops the fight.  Myles Jury wins by TKO at 3:30 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Sean “Tarzan” Strickland (California, USA) 18 – 1 – 0 VS Kamaru “Nigerian Nightmare” Usman (Florida, USA) 9 – 1 – 0 Welterweight

  • ROUND 1 – The fight starts off quick as Usman goes for a take down however doesn’t get it.  He does however have Strickland pinned up against the cage.  Usman with multiple knees to Strickland’s butt… he may have a tough time sitting tomorrow.  Usman is still persistent and working on taking Strickland down.  Usman manages the take down and is now on top.  Two minutes left in the first round.  Strickland is trying to get up however Usman isn’t having any of it and keeps Strickland close to the ground.  The round ends, we give it to Usman for controlling the entire round.
  • ROUND 2 – Usman starts off the round by backing Strickland up. Usman lands a stiff jab that looks like it cut Strickland on the face.  Usman then has Strickland against the cage once again looking for a take down.  With less than three minutes left in the second round, Usman lands a right hook and drops Strickland.  Usman’s on top of Strickland and is landing more punches.  Looks like this round will go to Usman as well for his dominance.
  • ROUND 3 – We see a doctor checking out Strickland’s eye.  Looks like he may be having some trouble looking out of that eye, however he passes the doctors test as the doc walks away and the fight begins.  Two minutes into the round, so far Usman secures a take down on Strickland and is landing punches.  Usman is purely dominating this round as well.  A minute left in the final round, if Strickland doesn’t land a submission or a take down, Usman will win the fight.  And there we have it.  The round ends.  We give this round and fight to Usman 30-27 for pure dominance and control.  Judges decide 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26 for winner by unanimous decision Kamaru Usman Fight Rate: 3/5

Shane “Hurricane” Burgos (New York, USA) 8 – 0 – 0 VS Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa (Florida, USA) 11 – 2 – 0 Featherweight

  • ROUND 1 – Rosa starts off with a series of leg kicks against Burgos.  Burgos answers with a few punches to Rosa’s head.  Rosa with a wide hook that Burgos responds back with a jab.  Burgos landing a few good combos however nothing major that comes from them.  Rosa with a few leg kicks.  Two minutes to go in the first round as Rosa lands a nice 3 punch combo.  A low blow by Rosa, has the referee calling a quick time out to let Burgos recover. Burgos comes out aggressive and lands a few beautiful shots, he then takes Rosa down however lets him come back up.  Making us think that his ground game isn’t very good.  Rosa with an attempted take down that Burgos defends well.  30 seconds left in this round we give it to Burgos.
  • ROUND 2 – Rosa starts off with his leg kicks once again.  He then attempts a take down however doesn’t get it.  Instead he has Burgos pinned against the cage.  Burgos escapes and now both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon.  With two minutes left in the round, Rosa seems to be the more aggressive fighter whereas Burgos is the counter puncher.  The round ends and we give it to Rosa.
  • ROUND 3 – With both fighters winning one round each, the winner of this round, wins the fight.  Rosa with some leg kicks and then an attempted take down.  This doesn’t last long as both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon.  It seems like Burgos is setting something up and he sure is!  He lands a big left hook that drops Rosa, followed by a right uppercut and another left hook.  The referee steps in to stop the fight!  Although Rosa doesn’t seem too happy with the interference.  Shane Burgos wins by TKO at 1:59 in the third round.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Jan Blachowicz (Warsaw, Poland) 19 – 6 – 0 VS Patrick “Durkin” Cummins (California, USA) 8 – 3 – 0 Light Heavyweight

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters feeling each other out.  Blachowicz drops Cummins and then Cummins lands a big hook and drops Blachowicz.  We think the fight is over however both fighters are back up and at it.  Blachowicz has Cummins from the back however Cummins escapes.  Cummins looking for a submission however Blachowicz defending well.  Blachowicz’s mouth guard flys off so the referee calls a break for a quick second.  The right side of Cummins’ head is bleeding.  Cummins takes down Blachowicz with over a minute left to go.  Both fighters continue to fight against the cage until the round ends.  We give the round to Blachowicz for his dominance over the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters coming out strong.  Cummins with a take down and is on top of Blachowicz landing some strikes.  Cummins attempting an arm bar submission however Blachowicz defends it well.  Both fighters are standing now against the cage.  Blachowicz with a take down, both fighters get back up and then Blachowicz has Cummins back.  This doesn’t last long as both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Cummins is sucking wind and you can tell he’s tired.  We give this round to Cummins for his aggressiveness.
  • ROUND 3 – Cummins takes the start of the round pinning Blachowicz to the ground. Both fighters are then standing and trading strikes.  Cummins has Blachowicz against the cage and is landing some knees to Blachowicz’s head.  Cummins takes Blachowicz down once again and has him pinned against the cage.  30 seconds left to go in the round.  Seems like this will go to the judges to decide as well.  We give this round and the fight to Cummins 30-29.  Judges decide 29-28, 29-28 and 28-28 for winner by majority decision Patrick Cummins.  Fight Rate: 3/5

EARLY PRELIMS

Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie (New York, USA) 8 – 0 – 0 VS Andrew Holbrook (Indiana, USA) 12 – 1 – 0 Lightweight

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters coming out swinging.  Gillespie takes down Holbrook lands a flurry of punches and the fight is over!! A beautiful one-two and then a left hook catches Holbrook on the chin and its Game Over.  That was flawless.  0:21 of Round 1- Winner by KO Gregor Gillespie.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Josh Emmett (California, USA) 11 – 0 – 0 VS Desmond “The Predator” Green (Florida, USA) 19 – 5 – 0 Lightweight

Fight Fact! This is Desmond Green’s UFC Debut!

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters coming out strong! Emmett being aggressive with his strikes.  Emmett is catching Desmond with some good left hooks.  Emmett with a low blow to Green.  Green shakes it off quick and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Less than a minute left in the round.  Emmett has been taking control of this round by landing more effective strikes.  Round 1 ends, we give it to Emmett.
  • ROUND 2 – Emmett with a leg kick that gets caught by Green.  Emmett with a series of attacks however Green seems to be counter striking his attacks.  Green with a  body kick.  This round has mainly been Emmett throwing strikes and Green countering them.  Due to Emmett’s aggressiveness, we give this round to him.
  • ROUND 3 – Green comes out strong and takes Emmett down within the first 10 seconds of round 3.  Emmett defends well and both fighters are up and in the centre of the Octagon once again.   The left side of Emmett’s head is bleeding from a gash most likely caused by an elbow.  Emmett’s starting to pick up the pace with ninety seconds left in the final round. Less than a minute left, Green goes for a take down however Emmett defends it.  We give this round to Green for having more strikes and a take down.  Overall we give the fight to Emmett 30-28.  Another fight going to the judges to decide.  29-28 Emmett, 29-28 Green and 30-27 for the winner by split decision Desmond Green! Fight Rate: 3/5

Irene Aldana (Culiacan, Mexico) 7 – 3 – 0 VS Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (New Jersey, USA) 8 – 1 – 0 Bantamweight

  • ROUND 1 – Chookagian coming out with a few kicks to begin the round.  None making contact, however it seemed she was trying to find her reach.  Both ladies go back and forth feeling each other out and figuring out their reach.  30 seconds left in the round.  Chookagian with a take down against the cage however Aldana gets up quick.  We give this round to Chookagian for her control over the fight.
  • ROUND 2 – Chookagian coming out with her kicks once again.  A spinning back hand by Aldana catches Chookagian in the face.  Chookagian attempting a take down however doesn’t get it.  Two minutes left in the round, the fighters are picking up the pace however Chookagian still being the more aggressive fighter.  Chookagian attempts another take down, doesn’t succeed but has Aldana against the cage.  30 seconds left in the round.  We give this round to Chookagian once again.
  • ROUND 3 – The final round begins.  Chookagian with high kicks to Aldana’s head.  Aldana with her punches to Chookagian.  Two minutes left in this round, so far Chookagian is being the more aggressive fighter landing more strikes and attempting more take downs.  30 seconds to go.  Aldana needs to win by knock out or submission to win the fight, however it seems unlikely.  10 seconds left.  We give the round and fight to Chookagian 30-27.  Over to the judges once again.  29-28 Aldana, 29-28 Chookagian and 29-28 for the winner by split decision Katlyn Chookagian.  Fight Rate: 3/5

Magomed “Chaborz” Bibulatov (Grozny, Russia) 13 – 0 – 0 VS Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa (Manila, Philippines) 7 – 2 – 0 Flyweight

Fight Fact! This is Magomed Bibulatov’s UFC debut fight!  Jenel Lausa is fighting for Jonah who has a rare autoimmune disorder- the reason he fights is for his family.  

  • ROUND 1 – Here we go, we are underway with UFC 210.  Both fighters are coming out strong.  Bibulatov with a lot of kicks and roundhouses.  Showing his traditional karate background.   Ninety seconds left in round 1, both fighters are trading punches however nothing major is happening.  Bibulatov catches Lausa with a low blow.  The referee calls a break to ensure Lausa is alright.  Bibulatov then with a head punch.  Making the crowd go into an uproar.  Bibulatov then with an illegal knee to a downed opponent just as the round ends.  We give the round to Bibulatov for his dominance.
  • ROUND 2 – Bibulatov starts the round with punches and kicks towards Lausa.  Bibulatov then catches Lausa with an uppercut followed by a knee.  Lausa has Bibulatov pinned against the cage.  Bibulatov escapes, attempts a spinning back kick however fails miserably  Bibulatov gets another warning as he catches Lausa once again with a low blow.  As Lausa doesn’t understand English well, the referee has his cornerman translator come over to let Lausa know that it’s okay and he has time to recover.  The referee deducts a point from Bibulatov’s overall round score.  Three minutes left in round 2 and the fighters begin again.  Bibulatov takes Lausa down and attempts a submission.  Lausa is defending well.  30 seconds left and both fighters are still on the ground.  We give this a 9-9 round to both fighters due to the point deduction against Bibulatov.
  • ROUND 3 – Round 3 starts with Bibulatov coming out strong.  Bibulatov picks up Lausa and slams him to the ground.  Bibulatov is controlling Lausa against the ground however Lausa is still defending well and is looking for a submission.  Less than three minutes left.  Bibulatov has Lausa in a full mount.  Lausa continues to defend well against Bibulatov’s moves.  10 seconds left in round 3 and Bibulatov is coming out swinging punches against Lausa who is still on the ground.  We give the round and fight to Bibulatov 29-26.  Over to the judges for their decision.  All judges decide 29-26 for the winner by unanimous decision Magomed “Chaborz” Bibulatov. Fight Rate: 3/5

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