UFC 210 ‘Cormier vs. Johnson 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Apr 8, 2017


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Magomed Bibulatov vs. Jenel Lausa

Round 1

Bibulatov presses out from the center and opens with a round kick to the chest of Lausa, who slides backward to avoid a spinning kick moments later. The Chechan tries a double-leg up against the fence but is denied by Lausa, and the flyweights move back to the center. Lausa slides to his left around the outside, keeping a safe distate from Bibulatov, who occasionally throws a spinning kick or power punch. Bibulatov looks to establish his jab, now connects with a side kick to Lausa's midsection. A spinning backfist connects for Bibulatov, drawing a smile from Lausa. Bibulatov connects with a right hand and moves in to press Lausa against the wall, but his first knee in the clinch lands low. Lausa takes 30 seconds to recover, and the fight is back on with Bibulatov firing hard punches to the head. Lausa tries to fire back but Bibulatov is too quick and slides back to evade. Bibulatov completes a takedown just as time expires, then delivers a late knee to the body of Lausa.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bibulatov
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Bibulatov
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bibulatov

Round 2

Lausa comes out aggressive at the start of round two, moving Bibulatov backward to the fence. Bibulatov springs off the fence with a punch, misses, but catches Lausa with a hard kick to the body in the follow-through. An uppercut snaps back Lausa's head, but he digs an underhook and slows down Bibulatov's assault with a clinch on the fence. Bibulatov separates and tries a high kick, gets his leg stuck on Lausa's shoulder and tries to turn it into an armlock, but Lausa pulls out. As the fighters move back to the center, Bibulatov throws an inside leg kick and catches Lausa with another low blow. Lausa looks to be in serious pain this time, and referee John McCarthy deducts one point from Bibulatov for the foul. Time resumes with three minutes on the clock, and Bibulatov quickly completes a takedown. Bibulatov nearly takes mount before being pushed back to Lausa's open guard. Two minutes left, and Bibulatov passes to half guard but is pushed back again almost immediately. Ground-and-pound is increasing from Bibulatov with 90 seconds left, though it drops off as he looks to advance position again. Bibulatov spends the remainder of the round in Lausa's full guard, landing a few sharp elbows and punches.

Jordan Breen scores the round 9-9
Brian Knapp scores the round 9-9
Chris Nelson scores the round 9-9

Round 3

Bibulatov wastes little time in running Lausa back to the ground in the opening minute of the final round. "Chaborz" puts a forearm across Lausa's neck and tries to move to side control while dropping the occasional hammerfist. Lausa shifts to reclaim guard, so Bibulatov postures up and goes body-body-head with his left hand. Lausa tries to scramble up, gets caught, shoved to his back and mounted by Bibulatov with two minutes to go. Lausa manages to get a knee in and pushes Bibulatov back to half guard, then full guard. Bibulatov continues to land punches from all positions, while Lausa is offering very little from the bottom. Bibulatov turns up the volume on his ground-and-pound in the final 30 seconds but it's not enough to produce a finish.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Bibulatov (29-26 Bibulatov)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-8 Bibulatov (29-26 Bibulatov)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Bibulatov (29-26 Bibulatov)

The Official Result

Magomed Bibulatov def. Jenel Lausa via Unanimous Decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26) R3 5:00

Irene Aldana vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Round 1

Both fighters land leg kicks before Chookagian shoots for a takedown and is stuffed by Aldana, who forces the "Blonde Fighter" away by threatening with a front headlock. Aldana begins to work her long jab, then connects with a straight right to the face. Aldana continues to bounce forward on Chookagian, chasing her around the outside and pressuring with long jabs and counters. Through the middle of the round, Chookagian manages to keep Aldana on the outside for the most part with push kicks to the midsection. Aldana continues to push forward but her offense has dropped off a bit as Chookagian keeps her at kicking range. Aldana lands a one-two, stuffs a takedown and follows with a hard leg kick. Chookagian scores a takedown in the final 10 seconds; Aldana is back on her feet before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Chookagian
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Chookagian
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Chookagian

Round 2

Chookagian continues to work with kicks in the opening minute, using them along with jabs to keep Aldana out of punching range. Aldana can't get inside right away, so she attacks the lead leg of Chookagian, which is red around the knee after absorbing some hard shots. Referee Todd Anderson gives Chookagian a second verbal warning for leaving open her lead hand with fingers pointing toward Aldana. Chookagian looks to be outworking Aldana through the middle of the round; at one point, Aldana scores with a leg kick, and Chookagian gives her two in return. Still, it's Aldana coming forward and landing the harder shots when she does connect. Aldana tries a clinch knee and looks to be off balance as she's knocked to the ground by a Chookagian right hand. Chookagian can't corral Aldana before she gets back to her feet, and Aldana manages to stuff Chookagian's follow-up takedown attempt.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aldana
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Chookagian
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldana

Round 3

Chookagian shoots in behind a right hand and is stuffed by Aldana, who stands tall and works behind a high guard to land a leg kick, then a jab. Chookagian is still kicking to keep Aldana out of range, but Aldana is bringing the pressure now, stomping inside behind leg and oblique kicks. Chookagian doubles up with some leg kicks of her own, but Aldana times them well and scores with a right hand over the top. The right hand connects again for Aldana, but as she marches forward on Chookagian, the fighters begin going punch-for-punch in the pocket. Aldana still looks to be landing the harder blows; Chookagian uses a more varied attack, mixing punches and takedown attempts in between many kicks. Aldana eats a right hand but steps forward behind a long jab and feeds Chookagian an uppercut. Inside the final minute now, both women are throwing, both connecting, Chookagian scoring to the body and head while Aldana fires off combinations to the face. They're still throwing at the horn, and this one will be decided by the judges.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Aldana (29-28 Aldana)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Chookagian (29-28 Chookagian)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldana (29-28 Aldana)

The Official Result

Katlyn Chookagian def. Irene Aldana via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green

Round 1

Emmett circles into the right hand of the southpaw Green, who works from the center as the shorter Emmett moves around the outside. Emmett is the busier fighter through the first minute, landing a few low kicks but missing with punches as Green stays defensive. Green isn't offering much in the way of offense as he moves forward, waiting to counter, but he does manage to stick a hard jab on Emmett's nose. Emmett throws a kick up the center that lands to Green's cup with a loud pop, but Green is ready to fight again just a few seconds after the foul. Emmett charges forward with a looping right hand, follows through with a left and gets out of the pocket before Green can counter. Emmett scores with a right to the body, but Green zaps him with a left straight on the counter and Emmett is forced to back up. The forehead and nose of Emmett are bright red from the counter as he heads back to his corner between rounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Emmett
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Green
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Emmett

Round 2

Green uses his jab and counters to fend off Emmett's attacks in the opening minute. "The Predator" lunges forward as if to launch a flying knee, but he pulls back as Emmett steps out of the way. Emmett lands the opening punch on a body-head combo but eats a short hooking counter from Green before he can complete it. Green snuffs out a takedown attempt from the Team Alpha Male fighter and sticks another jab on Emmett's reddened nose. Now it's Green going to the body with kicks as he backs Emmett up near the fence. Emmett's offense has dropped off from round one as he's put on his back foot by the lengthy advances of the ex-welterweight. Green keeps his jab in Emmett's face down the stretch, mixing in some more body kicks.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Green
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Green
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Green

Round 3

Emmett comes charging at Green in the opening seconds of the final round, but Green is ready for the attack and changes levels for an easy takedown. Emmett tries a half-guard sweep, switches to an omoplata and rolls to his knees, then explodes back to his feet. Emmett comes forward again and clips Green with a right hook, but Green covers up well. Emmett denies a takedown attempt from Green, who releases his bodylock and catches Emmett with an uppercut on the break. Three minutes left as Emmett -- now bleeding from his left temple after a clash of heads -- goes to the body of Green with a kick. Green looks to be waiting for counter opportunities, not throwing much as he circles at distance. Green catches a kick and tries to run Emmett to the ground, can't complete the takedown. Neither man is particularly busy in the final minute, but Emmett leaps a few feet into the air on a missed flying knee at the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Green (29-28 Green)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Green (30-27 Green)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Green (29-28 Green)

The Official Result

Desmond Green def. Josh Emmett via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook

Round 1

Gillespie lights up Holbrook with a two-piece, then steps forward with a lead left hook to the jaw that knocks the Indiana native senseless and sends him crashing to the floor in the center of the cage. Holbrook wakes up as he hits the ground, just in time for Gillespie to smash him unconscious again with hammerfists. Referee Dan Miragliotta rushes in for the stoppage, which a dazed Holbrook attempts to protest after the fact.

The Official Result

Gregor Gillespie def. Andrew Holbrook via KO (Punches) R1 0:21

Jan Blachowicz vs. Patrick Cummins

Round 1

Cummins tries to press forward but gets caught by Blachowicz with an uppercut. Cummins hits the deck and tries to climb back to his feet as Blachowicz tees off with punches, looking for the early finish. Cummins stands and gets pushed against the cage, but Blachowicz slips throwing a knee and falls to the ground. Cummins catches the Polish standout in a front headlock, tries to convert it to an anaconda choke but loses Blachowicz's neck as he drops to the ground. Blachowicz separates and lands a heavy body kick, then hits the American with the uppercut again. A looping left hand to the temple from Blachowicz sends Cummins shooting for a takedown. Blachowicz easily shuts down the shot and continues to pick at Cummins with jabs, then lands another uppercut as "Durkin" comes forward. Cummins is on unsteady legs as he's underhooked and pushed against the fence by Blachowicz, who delivers uppercuts to the body in the clinch. Cummins escapes the tie-up and catches Blachowicz stepping forward with a left hand, but Blachowicz walks through it to land another uppercut. Cummins is taking a lot of punishment here, and referee John McCarthy looks close to stopping the bout at one point, but Cummins earns a reprieve with a takedown. Cummins jams Blachowicz's head against the base of the fence to make things uncomfortable, but he loses top position before the end of the round when Blachowicz threatens with an armbar.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Blachowicz
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-8 Blachowicz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Blachowicz

Round 2

Blachowicz lands his lead uppercut again in the first 30 seconds of round two, stinging Cummins, who slows the assault with a takedown attempt. Blachowicz stays standing but winds up held against the fence for half a minute or so. When they separate, both 205ers connect with punches before Cummins shoots again and runs Blachowicz to the canvas, unintentionally aided by the referee, who could not get out of Blachowicz's way in time. Cummins stands over Blachowicz, kneels down in guard again and immediately has his right arm attacked by Blachowicz with a kimura. Cummins pulls the arm free and slams Blachowicz with a few heavy punches from the Polish fighter's open guard. Referee McCarthy calls for work, and soon after, Blachowicz kicks Cummins away and escapes to his feet. Now it's Blachowicz shooting for a takedown at the fence, pulling Cummins away from the wall and dumping him to the floor. Cummins is back on his feet within seconds, and suddenly Blachowicz is looking very tired, breathing heavily and letting his hands drop to his waist between punches. Blachowicz leans over with his hands on his knees with 20 seconds on the clock, then shoots for a late takedown and gets sprawled on by Cummins.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cummins
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Cummins
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cummins

Round 3

Cummins moves forward to put Blachowicz's back against the fence but can't hold him there for more than 20 seconds. When they separate, Cummins times Blachowicz's lead uppercut and ducks under to complete an effortless takedown. Blachowicz wraps up Cummins in closed guard, then swings his legs around to try an armbar; Cummins stacks up and frees the limb, then goes back to working for the guard pass. Halfway through the round, Cummins postures up to land an elbow, a few short punches. Cummins denies another armbar, but Blachowicz uses the attempt to roll to his knees and escape to his feet. Blachowicz lands a body kick and charges Cummins, who is ready to tie up Blachowicz in a front headlock. Cummins lands several knees to the leaning Blachowicz's head and receives a warning from the ref to mind the back of the head. Blachowicz drops to guard with just over one minute remaining, and Cummins jams him up against the foot of the fence again. Cummins tries to get busy with ground-and-pound in the final seconds but is tied up by Blachowicz from the bottom.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cummins (28-28 Draw)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-8 Cummins (28-27 Cummins)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cummins (28-28 Draw)

The Official Result

Patrick Cummins def. Jan Blachowicz via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) R3 5:00

Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa

Round 1

Rosa cuts angles around the outside as he's walked down by the larger Burgos, who sticks heavy right hands in the face of "Boston Strong." Rosa is swinging wild punches and leaves his head down for Burgos to counter with an uppercut. Burgos is walking straight through Rosa's strikes, constantly closing the distance to club Rosa with punches. Rosa, for his part, has been landing steady kicks to the lead leg of Burgos through the first three minutes of the bout. One kick goes astray, and Burgos will need a moment to recover from the low blow. When action resumes, Burgos blasts Rosa with an uppercut, sending the Massachusetts native stumbling backward. Rosa slips and hits the deck, but Burgos wants him back on his feet. Rosa looks to have recovered from the shot as he gets back to throwing leg kicks. Burgos is leaving his hands very low toward the end of the frame, inviting Rosa to throw as he waits to counter.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Burgos
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Burgos
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Burgos

Round 2

Burgos stuffs a shot from Rosa and backpedals to the fence, but Rosa is tenacious and keeps after it until he brings Burgos to the mat. Burgos springs back to his feet instantly, still pressed against the wall by Rosa, who's now trying to grapevine the leg of Burgos and pull him to the ground. The featherweights separate with 3:30 on the clock and Burgos resumes his forward march, now checking and catching the leg kicks of Rosa, countering with right hands. Rosa continues to leg-kick, now puts a straight left on the jaw of Burgos, who continues to come forward. Burgos is winning the striking battle by volume down the stretch, and now Burgos slips to a knee momentarily after planting on his banged-up left leg. Rosa sidesteps a punch, lands a knee to the body and takes a left hand to the gut from Burgos as time expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rosa
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Rosa
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rosa

Round 3

Both featherweights connect with right hands in an exchange before Rosa shoots low for a takedown. Burgos stuffs it and feeds Rosa a few follow-up punches before the fighters separate. Rosa continues to be the busier of the two as they strike from range, but when Burgos connects with a clean left hook, Rosa hits the canvas. Rosa staggers back to his feet and absorbs more punishment, an elbow and a left hook from Burgos. Rosa slips to the ground, stands up and takes one more left hand to the jaw before referee Todd Anderson steps in for the stoppage. Rosa isn't happy with the stoppage, but he was getting knocked around by Burgos and looked to be out on his feet at the finish.

The Official Result

Shane Burgos def. Charles Rosa via TKO (Punches) R3 1:59

Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman

Round 1

Usman complains of a low blow from an early inside leg kick, but referee Keith Peterson tells him to fight on. Usman shoots in immediately and works for a double-leg at the fence; Strickland goes down to one knee and tries to stand while preventing Usman from taking his back. Usman keeps a rear waistlock and throws knees at the back of Strickland's legs while keeping him up against the fence. Usman trips Strickland to the ground, has to fend off a heel hook attempt from "Tarzan," and now stacks up Strickland at the base of the fence with just about two minutes left in the round. Usman stands to drop a few heavy right hands while Strickland tries to control the wrestler's wrists to avoid damage. Strickland throws up an armbar, can't find anything there, and Usman rides out the remainder of the round standing in Strickland's guard. Strickland heads back to his corner sporting a cut on his left eyebrow.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Usman
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Usman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Usman

Round 2

Usman pushes the pace in the early moments of the round, stepping toward Strickland with body kicks and feints, now threatening to shoot for another takedown. A long jab snaps back Strickland's head, and now the Californian is biting on all of Usman's feints. Strickland is sporting a major lump underneath his left eye and is constantly wincing as he backpedals away from Usman. "The Nigerian Nightmare" digs an underhook and presses Strickland against the fence again but can't hold him there for long. Usman clinches again, releases and times a looping right hand perfectly, clipping Strickland on the chin and knocking him to the deck. Strickland grabs hold of a single-leg and buries his head between Usman's legs to avoid the follow-up punches. Usman busts Strickland down to his knees and flattens him out, then begins dropping punches and elbows through Strickland's guard. Strickland tries to roll away, winds up back on his knees, and now Usman holds him in place with a headlock while throwing knees to the shoulders. Strickland climbs back to his feet for the final 30 seconds of the round but only winds up backpedaling away from more Usman punches.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Usman
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-8 Usman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Usman

Round 3

Strickland is examined by the doctor before the final round begins, but he's cleared to continue after it's determined the Californian can still see out of his damaged left eye. When the round begins, Usman opts to keep things on the feet, pressuring Strickland and forcing him backward with punches. After about 90 seconds of threatening with strikes, Usman changes levels and hits a takedown at the foot of the fence. Strickland tries to shrimp inside, but he's jammed up against the wall and Usman is giving him no space to work. Strickland uses a long half guard to push away Usman and reduce the opportunities for ground-and-pound. Strickland gets to his knees, evades a headlock and circles away with two minutes on the clock. Usman continues to chase Strickland down the stretch, constantly attacking with punches but unable to produce a finish.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Usman (30-26 Usman)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Usman (30-26 Usman)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Usman (30-26 Usman)

The Official Result

Kamaru Usman def. Sean Strickland via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) R3 5:00

Mike de la Torre vs. Myles Jury

Round 1

Jury shoots under a punch from de la Torre and scores an early takedown in the center of the cage, just about 30 seconds into the fight. De La Torre sits up and wraps his arms around Jury's midsection to avoid ground-and-pound, but Jury turns the corner and attaches himself to de la Torre's back with a body triangle. De La Torre works to fight away Jury's hands, defending the rear-naked choke, and the bottom man is warned by ref Dan Miragliotta for grabbing the inside of Jury's gloves. De La Torre goes belly-down and gets flattened out by Jury, who postures up and begins unloading with right hands while the referee looks on from nearby. De La Torre is cut open on the forehead as he tries to escape; Jury is in complete control, working from full mount, smashing de la Torre with elbows and punches. Referee Miragliotta tells de la Torre to protect himself, and when the fighter does not, the ref steps in to halt the contest.

The Official Result

Myles Jury def. Mike de la Torre via TKO (Punches and Elbows) R1 3:30

Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira

Round 1

Oliveira lands an early leg kick, answered by Brooks with a kick to the body. The lightweights clinch up in the center of the cage, and it's Oliveira hitting a trip takedown to land in the wrestler's guard. Oliveira steps over to half guard as Brooks scoots backward to the fence. As soon as Brooks gets to his feet, Oliveira lifts and slams him back to the floor. This time, "Charles do Bronx" quickly takes the back of Brooks and stays latched on as "Ill Will" climbs to his feet again. Oliveira snakes his right arm around Brooks' chin and bears down. Brooks resists for a moment, but the choke is locked on and Oliveira isn't going anywhere, and Brooks is forced to tap out.

The Official Result

Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:30

Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote

Round 1

Alves times Cote's first low kick and counters over the top with a left hand to the chin. Cote lands a stiff leg kick on his next try, then sticks a right hand to Alves' face. Cote gets caught leaning inside and gets clipped by a clinch knee from Alves, who now begins to press forward, moving Cote to the outside. Cote lands a straight right, takes a leg kick and tries to catch it, but Alves pulls away. Cote is back to pressing the action, moving Alves backward to the fence with combinations. Inside the final minute, Alves catches a kick and counters with a left hand that knocks Cote to the floor. Alves dives straight into Cote's guard and tries to pound him out, but the Canadian wraps up from underneath and slows the action. Alves rides out the remainder of the round in top position, attacking with a flurry of punches just before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alves
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Alves
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alves

Round 2

Cote comes forward on Alves for an early clinch on the fence, but Alves spins around and tags "The Predator" with another left hook. Cote tries to gain back some ground by charging forward with punches, but he's picked off by Alves, again with a speedy left hand. A hard right hand from Cote leaves a mark under the left eye of Alves, and now it's Cote closing the gap, getting inside on Alves near the wall. Into the pocket comes Cote again, now clipping Alves with a right hook on the end of a combination. Alves lands a leg kick and backs up to the cage as Cote swings forward with wild punches. A right hand counter from Alves lands clean, seemingly a flash knockout as Cote drops to his knees, but the Canadian snaps to and springs back to his feet. Alves is twice warned by referee Todd Anderson for keeping his lead hand open with fingers extended, and the Brazilian finishes the round with more leg kicks.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alves
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Alves
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alves

Round 3

Alves lands an accidental low kick to the groin in the opening moments, but Cote doesn't want time to recover. When they resume, Alves slams a kick into the midsection of Cote, who continues to march forward on the Brazilian. Cote goes to the body with a right hand, then upstairs, keeping Alves on the fence. Cote changes levels for a double-leg attempt, but it's stuffed by Alves with his back against the cage. Alves reverses the clinch with double underhooks and trips Cote to the ground with just over three minutes left to fight. Alves roughs up his opponent with elbows and keeps things close with a can opener on the ground, blocking a potential armbar attempt from Cote. With two minutes left, a bloodied Cote kicks Alves away and jumps back to his feet. Cote steps forward on Alves with a wind-up uppercut, now a knee to the body before grinning wide at the Brazilian. Alves is staying measured down the stretch, keeping his distance and not offering much in the way of strikes. Cote steps inside and barely dodges a jumping knee from Alves at the final horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Alves (30-27 Alves)
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Alves (30-27 Alves)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alves (30-27 Alves)

The Official Result

Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez

Round 1

Gonzalez uses her long reach to touch Calvillo with some early jabs, meanwhile keeping a high guard and slipping her head off center to dodge Calvillo's punches. Calvillo is throwing lots of volume but not landing much clean offense, instead bouncing punches off Gonzalez's arms. Calvillo gets through with a few hard body kicks, prompting Gonzalez to step forward in retaliation. Calvillo tries to clinch up and hit a trip, but Gonzalez keeps her footing as they hit the midway point of round one. The strawweights exchange low kicks, now Calvillo sticks a hard jab on Gonzalez's nose. As soon as Gonzalez lowers her guard, Calvillo clips her with a right hand, then a three-punch combination. Gonzalez brings the fight to the fence with a single-leg attempt, can't get it and releases. Calvillo gets a front headlock and looks to turn it into a D'arce or anaconda choke, but Gonzalez pulls her head out of danger and tries another single. Calvillo drops to the ground, throws a leg over Gonzalez's back and looks to take the back. Calvillo switches to a triangle, and the choke looks tight, but Gonzalez is saved by the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Calvillo
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Calvillo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Calvillo

Round 2

Calvillo sticks her right hand in Gonzalez's face at the start of the second round, then lands a hard kick to the UFC newcomer's lead leg. Gonzalez continues her forward pressure, but her hands are lower now and Calvillo is finding more success with punches. Gonzalez hits a trip takedown straight to full mount, then transitions to an armbar when it looks like Calvillo will escape out the back door. Calvillo steps over Gonzalez's body and looks to be out of danger of the submission. Calvillo gets her arm free and now works from side control on Gonzalez's right with just over half the round remaining. Gonzalez tries to walk off the cage and escape, drawing a warning from referee Keith Peterson for hooking her toes in the cage. Calvillo transitions to back-mount with both hooks in and whips her right arm around Gonzalez's neck. Gonzalez fights off the choke attempt with two-on-one wrist control; Calvillo has switches to a body triangle now and is locked on to Gonzalez's back. Gonzalez fends off another RNC try, rolls over and leaves Calvillo in full mount. Gonzalez flips onto her stomach again, and Calvillo goes hunting for the choke once more with 40 seconds on the clock. Gonzalez buries her chin and rides out the final moments of the round with Calvillo on her back.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Calvillo
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Calvillo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Calvillo

Round 3

Gonzalez marches forward on Calvillo, the newcomer's punches coming much slower now, allowing Calvillo to counter off her back foot. Gonzalez catches Calvillo with a right cross on the end of a combination, but Calvillo is mixing up her strikes, going body-head and landing at a higher clip than her opponent. Calvillo catches a kick and trips Gonzalez to the mat in the center of the cage. Calvillo has an arm-triangle setup, but she's in half guard on the wrong side. Gonzalez tries to buck and escape, but instead she leaves herself flattened out for Calvillo to step over to full mount. Calvillo transitions onto the back once more, slaps on another rear-naked choke but can't get under Gonzalez's chin. The next attempt is better, and this time Gonzalez has no choice but to tap out.

The Official Result

Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonzalez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R3 3:45

Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman

Round 1

Weidman bounces in and out of range on Mousasi, who looks coiled and ready to counter the "All-American." Mousasi sticks a hard right straight down the center, answered by Weidman with a kick to the body of the Dutch fighter. Weidman gets great penetration on an early single-leg attempt and easily runs Mousasi to the ground. Mousasi rolls to his knees and fights off a brief guillotine choke attempt from Weidman before both middleweights scramble back to their feet. Weidman lands a leg kick, stumbles and has to regain his footing. Once he does, Weidman shoots for and completes another takedown, this time in the center of the cage. Mousasi escapes out the back door but soon finds himself fighting off another shot from the wrestler. Weidman keeps his hands clasped on a double-leg against the fence but releases after Mousasi drills him with a few elbows to the side of the head. A reaching right hand lands to the jaw of Mousasi and appears to put the "Dreamcatcher" on unsteady legs. Weidman shoots for another takedown and plants Mousasi on his seat near the fence, but he's unable to keep Mousasi on the ground. Mousasi lands a short left hand in a clinch but stumbles and falls to the ground in the last 10 seconds, allowing Weidman to finish the round on top.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Weidman

Round 2

Mousasi sticks a jab, then lands a harder left hand to Weidman's jaw. Weidman looks stung as he covers up and backpedals to the fence, and Mousasi follows up with an uppercut, now a left to the body. Weidman circles away and blocks a takedown attempt from Mousasi, leaving both middleweights leaning against the cage. Weidman is bleeding from his nose with a lump underneath his right eye as he continues to fight off Mousasi's single-leg attempt. Referee Dan Miragliotta brings the fighters back to the center with 3:45 on the clock. Mousasi sticks another jab, but Weidman changes levels immediately afterward and plants Mousasi on his back in the middle of the cage. Mousasi uses butterfly guard to try and elevate, but Weidman remains heavy on top and now steps over to full mount. Mousasi rolls over, giving up his back, but the Dutchman doesn't allow Weidman to establish hooks and now escapes to his feet. Mousasi snaps off a few hard jabs, blocks a takedown attempt and twice knees Weidman in the head. Referee Miragliotta steps in to pause the fight, although under the new unified rules, both knees appeared legal, with Weidman only having one hand on the mat.

After a lengthy consultation with doctors and cageside officials, referee Miragliotta concludes that the knees were in fact legal. It seems that Weidman is unable to continue, and so the fight is waved off, with Mousasi earning the win by way of technical knockout.

The Official Result

Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (Knees) R2 3:13

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship:
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson

Round 1

Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy is the third man in the cage for tonight's 205-pound title bout, with judges Derek Cleary, Eric Colon and Doug Crosby scoring the fight. Johnson backs up Cormier with punches, then grabs for a double-leg up against the fence. Cormier hooks the arms of the challenger and keeps his footing with his back flush to the cage. "Rumble" won't give up on the takedown attempt, and now Cormier sprawls out. Cormier stands up again, now pressing Johnson's back against the cage and holding him in place with an underhook. Johnson tries to break free but Cormier is hanging all over him, alternating between underhooks and a front headlock to make sure Johnson stays close. Johnson gets a foot of space and tries to take off Cormier's head with a flurry of punches, but Cormier moves back in immediately. Referee McCarthy breaks up the fighters after Cormier is caught holding the fence. They resume with one minute on the clock and Johnson hurts Cormier with a kick to the midsection. Cormier dodges the follow-up punches, however, and the fight slows again when Johnson grabs for another single-leg at the fence. Johnson stays glued to Cormier's legs and finally completes the takedown a split-second after the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Cormier
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10

Round 2

Cormier evades a few heavy punches from Johnson and then grabs hold of a single to hustle the challenger against the fence. Johnson is pinned to the cage once again with a Cormier left underhook, being fed short right hands from the champion on the other side. "Rumble" reverses to the outside, drops and completes a takedown, but Cormier is back on his feet seconds later. Now it's Cormier with a takedown, transitioning straight onto Johnson's back. "DC" begins socking away with right hands, nearly forcing a stoppage, then switches to a rear-naked choke. Johnson is flat on his stomach with nowhere to go, and for the second time in as many fights, he taps to Cormier's rear-naked choke.

The Official Result

Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 3:37

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