Cormier, Weidman look to pull off upsets as UFC 210 underdogs

08 April, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Felix Jensen

On paper, UFC 210 is a pretty good card.

While Cormier boasts a mightily impressive record in the UFC having fought eight times and only lost once, Johnson should consider himself rather fortunate to be getting a shot at the light heavyweight belt.

Since losing to Jon Jones at UFC 182, Cormier is now on a three-fight win streak as champion and is facing Johnson for the second time at the Key Bank Arena in Buffalo, NY tomorrow.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto quizzed a member of the New York State Athletic Commission about Cormier's actions moments after the debacle ended.

"I booked a flight to go down there, so we'll see what's what", Manuwa exclusively told Sky Sports.

"This is the time that I look forward to where", Cormier said. "He's not welcome in there. When he's eligible to fight, then he can walk in the cage, but if he dares to step foot in that Octagon, something bad will happen". This is the division that brought the UFC to prominence, with a procession of stars like Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell keeping the promotion afloat in the early 2000s.

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The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 206 but was rescheduled when Cormier pulled out with a groin injury. It just might be the match of the year. "Overall, I never pay attention to the odds". The fight with "Rumble" Johnson is now official.

Cormier and Anthony Johnson were both cutting it close to their allotted time to weigh in on Friday. Without the Cormier-Johnson title fight, it would have been a truly hard PPV sell.

Johnson devastated Glover Teixeira with a KO win just 13 seconds into his UFC 202 matchup as -225 chalk. Following the sale of Japan's Pride Fighting Championship to the UFC in 2007, it seemed a settled proposition that the best light heavyweights would compete in the octagon for years to come. Cormier has yet to win over skeptics that claim he's still the division's paper champion until he defeats Jones.

When Jones beat Cormier that sealed the narrative which, perhaps unfairly, haunts him (he isn't deserving of being the true "champion" and heir apparent to the foundation laid down by other light heavyweight greats). He had won six of his last eight fights and his two losses came against Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson (yikes).

Even when Jones and Cormier were booked for a rematch to headline the titanic UFC 200, it drew a tepid response compared to a potential Conor McGregor-involved main event.

How the hell did Daniel Cormier lose 1.2 pounds in 2 minutes??!? "The difference is I am going to stand up to him".

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