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The main event is excellent, but the fight card attached to UFC 210 is packed with exciting match-ups.
The major question now framing the UFC 210 main event is whether he can do something similar to the champion.
The UFC returns to NY state this weekend with UFC 210 from Buffalo, but you may not have known about it due to a distinct lack of hype leading into this rematch of a fight between current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
Cormier, however, doesn't see where Johnson has evolved.
I'm really interested in the mentality of a fighter, so after you lost that fight to Cormier the first time, I heard that it took you a very long time to actually re-watch the fight. "So that will be interesting, I've got a lot of stuff to say".
Daniel Cormier () vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson () - for light heavyweight titleChris Weidman () vs. Gegard Mousasi () Cynthia Calvillo () vs. Cormier used his knowledge from the first fight as the "base" for training for this fight. "I am not afraid of Anthony Johnson in no way shape or form and when that happens he usually loses". I won't have him going and nicking my title shot'. He can either respect me or not respect me, it doesn't matter. I've met him, we've talked, but not for a proper meeting.
Cormier has made no secret of his intention to stand in the pocket and trade punches with Johnson; however, the champ will likely revert to his patented grinding style, which is predicated on his Olympic-caliber wrestling. "So, you'll see a different guy out there the next time you see me fight". I'm happy. I'm in a better place. "He is an elite athlete, he's the champion", Johnson said. He's put in the work and now wants the belt to show for it.
"I have no worries, because I know I have prepared myself".
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Johnson devastated Glover Teixeira with a KO win just 13 seconds into his UFC 202 matchup as -225 chalk.
"We worked our asses off in the gym to get back here right now". I'm the only guy to beat him.
For a while Weidman was mowing through a succession of big-name fighters as the middleweight champion, but he's hit upon harder times of late with back-to-back losses against Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.
The scenario could've been a disastrous one for the UFC considering the pay-per-view card openly lacks depth to begin with.
When those three faded, a crop of up-and-coming fighters was waiting to replace them and maintain light heavyweight as the most prestigious division. Jury only needs to find his rhythm and start putting together the victories to restart the journey into title fight contention. Mousasi is not an easy customer though.
Due to his punching power, Johnson is considered to be one of the most risky men inside the octagon. He has collected a total of 22 KO/TKOs and 12 submissions in his career. "Especially with my stand-up". Weidman is coming off the back of two losses, but Mousasi is hungry to make that more.
"The guy is the most talented human being I've ever competed against", Cormier admitted of his nemesis. He'll look for take downs to try and get this fight to the ground as much as possible. Recently it was reported that Jones will also be in the New York State city this weekend, and that he'll be in attendance at UFC 210.
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