Facing off in the main event for "UFC 210" in Buffalo, New York, yesterday, Mr. Cormier made sure there would be no handing over of his UFC gold as he stopped Mr. Johnson anew by way of submission in the second round via rear-naked choke. On the eve of UFC 210, Jones is scheduled to address the media for the first time since July, when he was issued a one-year suspension following a positive drug test. However, due to a NY state athletic commission championship clause, he came back just 2:24 later, again stripped naked behind a towel, and hit 205 pounds.
Daniel Cormier has attempted to clear up any confusion that might have come about from his weigh-in on Friday afternoon. You can't beat me, Jimi. "He's done so well knocking people out and when it doesn't go his way, he goes back to wrestling and I knew I'd get him". I see DC trying to come at me and take my head off just as much as I am trying to take his head off. "It was insane, I weighed in upstairs and I was like 'Man I'm OK, I'm going to do this, " Cormier said on FOX Sports 1. I gave my commitment to another job - something I've been wanting to do for a while.
It's a rematch of their fight at UFC 187 in which Cormier first won the belt.
Before he got to the post-fight mic, however, he was forced to make way for a surprise announcement as Johnson retired in the cage, the second time during the pay-per-view that a veteran fighter hung up his gloves.
Johnson leapt in again at the second round and pressed Cormier to the fence, leaning on him. He also finished his 18-month probation, following the hit-and-run incident that injured a pregnant woman in April previous year, which means there's no more legal impediment for him to fight.
Jones's prediction of Cormier retaining the title echoes Cormier's assessment that he has more ways to win than Johnson. "I've got a tough guy in front of me who's good in all areas, experienced guy who's on a win streak".
"It's just business", Johnson said. Cormier said that unlike other UFC fighters who faced Johnson, he is not afraid of his opponent in any way, shape or form.
"He's got a chin but I don't think he can take my best shot and I'll play it different than Rumble did if I fought him".