BUFFALO, New York – UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will be defending his title for the second time in a rematch against the hard-hitting Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
The two men are slated to fight each other for the second time in their respective careers as the headliners for UFC 210 on April 10 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The first time Cormier and Johnson fought each other was in May 2015, for the then vacant UFC light heavyweight title that was just dropped by former long-time champion Jon Jones. “DC” went on to win the fight via third round rear-naked choke submission.
Since then, Cormier had been slated to face a returning Jones, who was suspended in April 2015 to a traffic misdemeanor in Albuquerque. The two men were supposed to have their own rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016, however, those plans were scrapped after Jones failed his pre-fight drug-test. According to this report, “Bones” is now serving an 18-month suspension because of this new infraction.
Johnson, on the other hand, went on a three-fight winning streak after his loss to Daniel Cormier. He went after each contender up the 205-pound ladder, with all of his fights lasting only until the second round. His most recent victory was against former title challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 last August, where he won via first round knockout, along with a $50,000 Performance of the Night Bonus.
As a decorated collegiate wrestler, the UFC champion is expected to keep the fight within clinch range to be able to execute his takedowns. At the same time, he needs to be wary of Johnson’s heavy hands, as he could easily be knocked out with one punch.
Given his nature for hard-nosed training sessions, Daniel Cormier is always prone to injuries. If a healthier version of himself shows up, will he be able to once again withstand Johnson’s power and keep the belt around his waist?