After a three week absence, the UFC returned with UFC 210 headlined by Daniel Cormier defending his light heavyweight title against challenger Anthony Johnson, while a Chris Weidman versus Gegard Mousasi middleweight bout co-headlined the New York event

The main event was a rematch from May 2015, which Cormier(19-1) won via third round submission after dominating for the previous three rounds, so it should’ve come as no surprise that the reigning champion was able to do the same thing in the rematch despite Johnson(22-6) utilizing his trademark power punches

After absorbing some of Johnson’s trademark big punches and kicks in the first round, which included breaking the champion’s nose, Cormier was able to secure a takedown and manoeuvre into position and get the rear-naked choke for the submission at 3:37 of the second round to retain his UFC light heavyweight title

Post-fight Cormier called out Jon Jones for his next fight, while Anthony Johnson, just thirty three years old, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts

Chris Weidman(13-2) was in a must-win situation in the co-main event, as the former middleweight champion, who entered the bout on a two fight losing streak, took on top divisional contender Gegard Mousasi(41-6-2) who was looking to secure a 185lbs title fight with a win over Weidman

Controversy marred the fight, as in the second round Mousasi landed two legal knees to the head of Weidman which at first glance appeared to be illegal which promoted referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the bout and check Weidman, however after numerous replays the knees were revealed to be legal and after more than five minutes of discussion and confusion between Miragliotta, the doctor and commission, the fight was waved off on doctor’s orders as Mousasi was awarded the victory via TKO at 3:13

Essentially the mistakes happened because the doctors didn’t know the rules and decided to end the fight as a consequence, though the root of the debacle was the referee making a bad call with the two knees which were legal and wrongly called by Miragliotta as illegal

Post fight both Weidman and Mousasi talked about an immediate rematch

In what was her UFC debut, Pearl Gonzalez(6-1) took on Cynthia Calvillo(4-0) in a women’s strawweight contest, with Calvillo dominating the first round and coming close to finishing Gonzalez with a triangle choke at the end of the first round, and that pattern continued as Calvillo dominated on the ground until the third round when she was able to take her opponent’s back and get the rear-naked choke submission at 3:45 of the final round

Veterans Patrick Côté(23-10) and Thiago Alves(21-11) went the distance in their welterweight matchup, with Brazilian getting the win via unanimous decision after a back-and-forth stand up affair, and after the bout fifteen year veteran Côté announced his retirement saying he planned to retire whether he won or lost the fight

In the opening main card fight, Brazilian Charles Oliveira(22-7-1NC) put in a tremendous performance by downing the formidable Will Brooks(19-3), as he was able to get the standing rear naked choke tap out win at 2:30 of the very first round in the opening bout of the five first main card

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh