UFC 187 went down last night (Saturday May 23rd, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The MGM Grand Garden Arena played host to the highly anticipated PPV (pay-per-view) main card, which delivered massively on all fronts. At the head of the card was the light-heavyweight title fight between top contenders Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.
‘Rumble’ came out looking for a finish, as expected, and came close at times. As predicted, Cormier’s chin held up well to Johnson’s barrage of power punches and kicks, and the fight soon turned in to a grind, typical to ‘DC’ and his style of fighting. For Johnson, it was simply not his night, and Cormier knew that once he started to visibly wear ‘Rumble’ down with his wrestling.
Deep in to the fight and it was time for the AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) product to exploit Johnson in the grappling department. Once again it was the rear naked choke that caused the Blackzilian to tap out, marking the fourth time that Johnson had been submitted by this technique. In his defense it wasn’t an easy win for the new champion, but few expected him to be as controlling as that.
So it’s the start of a new era at 205 pounds in the UFC, although ‘DC’ was quick to call out former champion and long-time rival Jon Jones in the aftermath of UFC 187.
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