Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The excitement leading up to UFC 210

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is returning to Buffalo, New York with their UFC 210 paid per view. This will be the second time the UFC host an event in Buffalo since UFC 7 in 1995.

Main Event

On top of the card features a rematch between the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion (LHW) Daniel Cormier and power hitter Anthony Johnson. Both athletics' first bout was at the main event of UFC 187 for the vacant UFC LHW title where Johnson tested Cormier's chin within the first 30 seconds of the fight by landing a thunderous right overhand punch. Cormier weathered the storm and was able to avoid an early stoppage loss by neutralizing Johnson's offensive with his freestyle wrestling skills.

Johnson, however, didn't give up whenever the two were separated. At the halfway point of the first round, Johnson landed a series of strikes that backed up his opponent. Due to Cormier's ability to grind down Johnson in the second and third rounds, he eventually secured the win in the 3rd round via submission. In the rematch, Cormier looks to do the same and has his mind set on another rematch with Jon Jones once he returns this summer. Since the loss, Johnson has looked incredible in the LHW division, knocking out his last three opponents and receiving three performance of the night bonuses as well.

Co-main Event 

In the co-main event, former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and four-time World Champion Gegard Mousasi will face off. During Weidman's undefeated streak which lasted for 6+ years, he had wins over elite UFC fighters such as Demian Maia, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, and most notably two over Anderson Silva. Impressively, he also won four professional bouts in only 11 months. In late 2015, Weidman suffered a loss in a title match against Luke Rockhold and again last year in his home state of New York against Yoel Romero at UFC 205. With two straight losses and competing again in New York, Weidman is looking at a chance at redemption and another shot at UFC gold.

Looking across from Weidman this Saturday night is Gegard Mousasi. He's a Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer who has been competing professionally in MMA since 2003. Throughout his career, he gathered 41 wins out of 49 fights. Along with his calm demeanor are his compelling striking skills and a nasty submission game. The 5th ranked middleweight is entering his 50th professional MMA bout and wants to make a statement in this title contention fight.

Main Card Predictions:

Daniel Cormier
Gegard Mousasi
Cynthia Calvillo
Patrick Côté
Will Brooks

Fight On!