UFC 187: Johnson V Cormier

UFC 187 saw a double-header for the main event, with Chris Weidman defending the Middleweight title against Vitor Belfort, whilst Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier fought for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title.

Weidman successfully defended his belt, finishing the fight in the first round with ground and pound after taking Belfort down. Belfort had success early and cut Weidman with a flurry, but when the fight went to the ground, Weidman was in complete control and referee Herb Dean had to step in.

Johnson started his fight with Cormier well, landing a big right that put DC down. However, Cormier was straight back up and Johnson looked to repeat, but missed, allowing Cormier to take advantage and control the fight with his wrestling. The start of the second saw some kicks exchanged before Cormier was able to take Johnson down again, spending the rest of the round threatening Kimoras and getting in some ground and pound. A visibly exhausted Johnson came out in the third round and Cormier was soon in control and able to get Johnson’s back before applying a choke and submitting Johnson to win the fight and the title. Immediately after the match, Cormier told former champion Jon Jones that he was waiting for him. However, I would like to see his defence against Alexander Gustafsson.

A special mention to Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski for an amazing fight in the heavyweight division. It was all over in the first round, but some huge punches were exchanged. At one point, Browne was in trouble against the cage, but managed to put Arlovski down. Arlovski recovered and managed to finish the fight against the cage as the referee stepped in, with Browne wobbling all over the place. Arlovski’s recent run, coupled with this impressive display, could see him in line to face the winner of Cain Valasquez V Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188.

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