From the welterweight division where his career began, to the light heavyweight division where it ended, his punches and kicks always seemed extra concussive - comparable to getting hit in the head with a 40-pound dumbbell or a cinderblock. It was Cormier, however, who won the grappling battle and submitted Johnson not long after.
Cormier defeated Johnson to win the vacated light heavyweight title in their first go-round, a matchup that was arranged on short notice after champion Jon Jones, scheduled to fight Johnson, was suspended for a hit-and-run incident that forced him to vacate the title.
Daniel Cormier explained that as he gets older, the cut to light heavyweight has gotten more hard. There's perhaps no better example of this than his famously wrapping the belt around Daniel Cormier's waist after losing their first fight, back in 2014. And just in the middle of the fight, I just kind of fell off track and started playing his game, which was wrestling and things like that.
UFC 210 was full of controversy and head scratchers in different areas, and Twitter was all over every aspect of the night.
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"I told Jimi to stop pretending that he wants to fight me". They then questioned a silent Johnson in the break as to why he refused to keep distance from Cormier. Jon Jones is the one that hasn't been here to fight again. I've improved everything. I'm not going to sit on my (butt) and be like, 'Oh, I lost at 187. I get it. But if it was me and I was in his situation, I wouldn't be here.
In both cases, the betting line spent most of its life around a pick'em until Johnson garnered support closer to the fight. I gave my commitment to something I've wanted to do for a while.
Jones wouldn't say whether he'll immediately return to the cage for UFC 213, which is scheduled a week after his suspension is lifted. This whole time I've been here. I've been here the whole time. "Maybe if I decide to come back one day we can fight at heavyweight or something like that". "So obviously, a guy thinks that he's losing everything that he's worked for on the scale, and we just walk back off the scale and nobody even anxious about protecting me".