UFC 187 Results – BJ Penn announced as inductee to UFC Hall of Fame
Two UFC championship bouts co-headline UFC 187 from Las Vegas, May 23. The largest mixed martial arts organization on the planet traditionally puts on a big fight card on Memorial Day weekend and this year is no different as this card is stacked from top to bottom.
In the main event two light heavyweights competed for a vacant UFC light heavyweight championship. The title was previously held by the man many considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jon Jones, however after several incidents that violated the UFC Code of Conduct policy the champion was stripped and the championship would be vacated. Cormier and Johnson decided who is the best 205-pounder in the organization. Cormier dropped a decision loss while challenging for the title against Jones back in January, however tonight he would come out on top.
A second championship co-headlined and was more than a year in the making as middleweight champion Chris Weidman defended his title against the very hungry Vitor Belfort. Belfort caught Weidman early with shots and cut the champion open but Weidman delivered a takedown and got on top and delivered a series of shots before referee Herb Dean called an end to the contest.
During the preliminary bouts it was announced that BJ Penn would join Bas Rutten and Jeff Blatnick and the Matt Hughes-Frank Trigg (second bout) as the newest inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.
The only female bout on the card was cancelled just two hours prior to start time as Nina Ansaroff came down with the flu. Yesterday she missed weight for her 115-pound bout against Rosa Namajunas, coming in at a staggering 120 pounds.
Official results below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3, 2:39
Chris Weidman defeated Vitor Belfort via TKO – Round 1, 2:53
Donald Cerrone defeated John Makdessi via TKO – Round 2, 4:44
Andrei Arlovski defeated Travis Browne via TKO – Round 1, 4:41
Joseph Benavidez defeated John Moraga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
John Dodson defeated Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dong Hyun Kim defeated Josh Burkman via submission (arm triangle) – Round 3, 2:13
Rafael Natal defeated Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff (BOUT CANCELLED 2 HOURS BEFORE START)
Colby Covington defeated Mike Pyle via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)
Islam Makhachev defeated Leo Kuntz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:38
Justin Scoggins defeated Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)