UFC 210 takes place tonight from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The event streams live on pay-per-view following preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass and FS1. It was the UFC’s first trip to Buffalo since 1995.
During the broadcast it was learned that the recently retired Urijah Faber will be inducted into the 2017 class of the UFC Hall of Fame. Congratulations Urijah.
In the main event, a rematch from UFC 187 where Daniel Cormier won then vacant UFC light heavyweight title in a bout with Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. That night D.C. submitted Johnson, but now two years later, Johnson felt he is a completely different fighter. In the very first round D.C. suffered a broken nose. At the final seconds of the bell, Johnson took the champion down, but will it count?
Now in the second round, Cormier has Johnson’s back on the ground and is scoring points with some shots on the ground. Then he submits Johnson once again the same way he did the first time.
In a weird turn of events, ‘Rumble’ retired after the fight. Says only his friends and family knew, not even UFC President Dana White.
In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman took on Gegard Mousasi. Controversy surrounded the fight as Weidman had his hands down on the canvas and Mousasi lifted him up for a knee. Referee Dan Mirgaliotta believed the knees were illegal and called a halt to the fight. Once the replay was shown, it was clear the knees were legal. At that point, the win should go to Mousasi as the fight was stopped by the ref. Then doctors entered the octagon and at that point, it was over. Mousasi gets the win via TKO.
Cynthia Calvillo pulled a page out of the Nate Diaz book by saying “I’m not surprised mother f**kers” after getting a win over UFC newcomer Pearl Gonzalez via third round rear-naked choke.
Patrick Cote retires from MMA
What an absolute war between Thiago Alves and Patrick Cote. A back and forth brawl, but in the end Alves would get a unanimous decision and Cote left his gloves in the center of the octagon, signifying his retirement from MMA.
An incredible performance by Charles Oliveira in the first fight on the pay-per-view. Oliveira moved up from featherweight to take on the former Bellator MMa lightweight champ Will Brooks and submit him via rear-naked choke in the first round in what seemed like one of the best performances of his career.
Myles Jury came back after a more than one year layoff and defeated Mike De La Torre via a very impressive first round TKO.
Kamaru Usman defeated Sean Strickland in what was one of the most dominant performances of his career.
New York native Shane Burgos brought his fast-paced fight game to Charles Rosa in the opening round of their scheduled three-round contest. Rosa worked the leg of Burgos over and over again, but it seemed as if the swelling and redness were not a factor for Burgos. He pushed forward, especially after the fight was temporarily halted due to an accidental groin strike. If anything, the low blow fired Burgos up.
In the second round Rosa worked a different technique, attempting to get Burgos down to the canvas. Rosa continued to work the lead leg of Burgos and it seems that now the kicks are starting to take their toll a bit, but he is still pushing forward and stalking down Rosa throughout the second round.
WOW!!!! Burgos really turned up the heat in the third and final round. He rallied off a flurry of carefully timed and accurately placed shots, so much so that referee Todd Anderson entered the picture to stop the contest.
In the opening bout on FS1, wrestling standout Patrick Cummins had his hands full with Jan Blachowicz. A bloodied and battered Cummins was able to squeak out a majority decision.
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Gregor Gillespie was another newcomer to make a statement for himself after earning a 21-second knockout over Holbrook.
Former Titan Fighting Championship’s standout Desmond Green was victorious in his UFC debut with a split decision win over Josh Emmett.
New Jersey native Katlyn Chookagian earned her second UFC win with a split decision victory over Irene Aldana
Magomed Bibulatov proved to be the real deal in his unanimous decision win over Jenel Lausa. The only blemish that really stood out was when a point was deducted in the second round for an accidental groin strike by Bibulatov. Looks to be a solid 125-pound contender.
Full UFC 210 results below:
Main Card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:37
Gegard Mousasi defeated Chris Weidman via TKO – Round 2, 3:13
Cynthia Calvillo defeated Pearl Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:45
Thiago Alves defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira defeated Will Brooks via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:30
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury defeated Mike De La Torre via TKO – Round 1, 3:30
Kamaru Usman defeated Sean Strickland via via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Shane Burgos defeated Charles Rosa via TKO – Round 3, 1:59
Patrick Cummins defeated Jan Blachowicz via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET)
Gregor Gillespie defeated Andrew Holbrook via KO – Round 1, 0:21
Desmond Green defeated Josh Emmett via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Katlyn Chookagian defeated Irene Aldana via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Magomed Bibulatov defeated Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)