Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson is now set
The UFC announced that Daniel “DC” Cormier (18-1 Light Heavyweight Champion) will defend his belt after fully recovering from his injured groin against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (22-5 #1 Ranked Light Heavyweight). A fight that had initially been set for late in 2016 until Cormier’s injury will take place in the UFC’s return to Buffalo for the first time since 1995 when the UFC 7 tournament occurred. As far as this Light Heavyweight matchup goes we have seen it once and DC was able to survive the initial onslaught from Rumble to finish the fight by rear naked choke in the third round which secured him the newly vacated Light Heavyweight Championship.
The fight was grueling for Johnson who actually put Cormier in danger early including a knockdown. This will be a really awesome matchup with Rumble looking to avenge the first fight. Since his loss to Cormier; Johnson has rattled off 3 straight knockouts, each one faster than the previous. His 13 second knockout of Glover Teixeira (25-5 #3 Ranked Light Heavyweight) was by far one of the nastiest one punch knockouts in UFC history and put any doubt to rest that he is the number 1 contender. Expect a real showdown between these two to be a war Cormier will look to impose his grappling like the last fight and take Johnson into the deep waters, while Johnson will try to land his heavy hands and keep his streak of knockouts running.
The UFC is already building a stellar card for UFC 210 with still just over 2 months to go. The addition of this much anticipated Light Heavyweight title fight joins the also recently announced top 5 Middleweight clash between Chris “The All-American” Weidman (13-2 #4 Ranked Middleweight) and Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2 #5 Ranked Middleweight).
If these two confirmed fights for UFC 210 are the beginning of this card we should be in store for a really exciting lineup of fights. Also with this Light Heavyweight matchup, it could be the perfect precursor to the eventual return of Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon “Bones” Jones (22-1) in July from his USADA suspension. Both matchups for Jones would be interesting, and it would be a nice redemption for arguably the best fighter in UFC history who has really had some troubles outside of the Octagon in the past few years.
The biggest thing, however, is to keep your fingers crossed that an injury does not stop this much-anticipated rematch from happening between DC and Rumble.