Fight weeks always have there ups, downs, dramas, and headaches for DANA WHITE to deal with. Just a stone throw from the iconic falls landmark; UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York’s KEYBANK CENTER was no different. In a week that saw a strawweight bout almost called off because of breast implants to DANIEL CORMIER‘S 2 minute, 1 1/2 pound weight loss/towelgate situation, to JON JONES sitting cageside, to a horrible fight decision there’ll be plenty of advil’s taken in the UFC offices.
At the official weigh-ins; strawweight PEARL GONZALEZ was told her fight would be off due to her having breast implants. That rule of the NYSAC was put into place to protect female boxers, for the most part has nothing to do with MMA. Her fight with CYNTHIA CALVILLO was quickly put back on the card. The lightweight champion DANIEL CORMIER needed to make 205 lbs and not over. He came in at a tick over 206. Disgusted, DC left the room nude. There is a NYSAC rule that for title fights the combatants can then re-weigh within 2 hours. The UFC however, doesn’t have that rule. See a contradiction?? Good, cause there’s a huge one. Due to the time he weighed in, he only had 2 minutes to try again. He did so and as the video showed he was holding onto the towel, (also against NYSAC rules; but not called) but this time was 205. Therefore allowing the main event title shot to happen.
Then the card itself took place. In the early prelims: BFF to Chechnyan dictator RAMZAN KADYROV, MAGOMED BIBULATOV improved to 14-0 with a unanimous decision win over JENEL THE DEMOLITION MAN LAUSA, ending his 5 fight win streak. KATLYN BLONDE FIGHTER CHOOKAGAIN got back to her winning ways by doing just enough to edge out IRENE ALDANA via split decision. Buffalo’s own DESMOND THE PREDATOR GREEN in his UFC debut went to a 5 fight win streak by getting a split decision win over the red hot now 11-1 JOSH EMMETT. GREGOR THE GIFT GILLESPIE needed just 21 seconds to KO ANDREW HOLBROOK.
Moving to the prelims: PATRICK DURKIN CUMMINS ended his 2 fight losing streak by taking a majority decision from JAN BLACHOWICZ. This is despite Jan throwing everything but the kitchen sink early at Patrick. Eventually Cummins grappling wore out Blachowicz. HURRICANE SHANE BURGOS improved to 9-0 after taking a flurry and assortment of kicks early and often from CHARLES BOSTON STRONG ROSA. It was a left hook by Shane that dropped Charles finally and with the continued pounding referee TODD ANDERSON had to jump in at 1:59 of round 3 to stop it for the TKO. The number 11 ranked light heavyweight will get a tick up in the rankings as THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE KAMARU USMAN, continued his hot pace winning his 9th fight in a row; a unanimous decision over the taller better reaching SEAN TARZAN STRICKLAND. The cageside doctor had to come in to check a busted open eye of Sean’s in between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Early in the 1st round MYLES FURY JURY was able to get the other EL CUCUY, MIKE DE LA TORRE down to the mat and teed off on him after getting him into a body triangle. Including an elbow that opened him up. BIG DAN MIRAGLIOTTA had to jump in and stop the fight at 3:30 of round 1. It was Myles 8th TKO/KO career win and ended his 2 fight losing streak.
Then; right before the main card kicked off; it was announced that heading to the modern era wing of the HALL OF FAME during international fight week is THE CALIFORNIA KID, URIJAH FABER.
The main card opened with CHARLES DO BRONX OLIVEIRA ending a 2 fight losing streak and putting ILL WILL WILL BROOKS on one. The submission victory by standing rear naked choke was Oliveira’s 14th, and came at 2:30 of round 1. Afterwards he called himself the best BJJ artist ever, as he’s 1 submission win away from tying ROYCE GRACIE. He also stated he’s going back to featherweight, a place where he’s had trouble making weight. THIAGO PITBULL ALVES ended his 2 fight losing streak by getting a unanimous decision over Canadian PATRICK THE PREDATOR COTE, a true warrior who then called it a career after dropping his 2nd in a row. Cote was dropped twice by crisp striking, bloodied, and beaten by a refreshed looking Alves, but did have some moments of his own as well. Thiago is now 22-11, and said he’d like to be on the Long Island card (UFC on FOX 25 in July). CYNTHIA CALVILLO extended her record to 5-0 (2-0 in the UFC), by getting PEARL GONZALEZ to tap to a rear naked choke, ruining her UFC debut at 3:45 of the 3rd round. Pearl’s defense of covering up tightly still allowed some shots from Cynthia to get through and land. Then once the fight went to the mat Calvillo’s abilities shined, attempting some submissions and ground and pound. Eventually Pearl was opened up by an elbow.
The card was moving along nicely, and felt like it needed some controversy. Then came along the co-main event of THE ALL AMERICAN CHRIS WEIDMAN and on his last fight of his contract, GEGARD MOUSASI. Gegard all week has said he wants to be paid as one of the best fighters and a title shot. Mousasi, one of the most dangerous middleweights was riding a 4 fight win streak; while Chris was reeling from back-to-back loses said he’s never felt better. In the 1st round Chris was able to take Gegard down at will and work his wrestling advantage. Mousasi started turning up the heat in the second landing some shots that definitely stung the Long Islander. The final 2 shots he landed were where the problems happen. Gegard landed 2 solid knees to Chris’s head; but it appeared that Weidman’s hands were on the mat making him “a down fighter” and those kicks illegal. Referee Dan Miragliotta instantly called time and for the doctor to come in and check Chris. Review showed though with those knees Mousasi had lifted Weidman’s hands off the mat thus they were legal strikes. The officials then declared the fight over, handing a confusing controversial-esque (injury stoppage) TKO win to Gegard. Which was the 23rd KO/TKO of his career. Both in the cage and at the post fight presser both apologized to the fans, still didn’t quite understand the what and why of what happened. Chris said his camp is ready to appeal the decision and asked for a rematch, while Gegard said he’d like to move on, demanded again to be paid a lot more money, as well as get a title shot.
Finally with title contenders JIMI MANUWA and JON JONES sitting on opposite sides of the arena it was time for the light heavy weight rematch. At UFC 187 DANIEL CORMIER withstood the early onslaught of ANTHONY RUMBLE JOHNSON bloodied him, took his back and tapped him in the 3rd round to win the belt. DC had said it would go the same way, and it basically did. Except faster this time. DC got Rumble to tap at 3:37 of round 2. Anthony again started good, landing kicks (one possibly breaking Cormier’s nose) as well as a couple of shots. He surprised Daniel by pushing the action to the fence and wanting to wrestle the under-rated great wrestler. Eventually Daniel was able to reverse positions, get Rumble to the mat and unload the pounding arsenal he did in the 1st matchup. It just didn’t bust Anthony open this time. Johnson rolled and when DC got his back cinched in a RNC again. Rumble then in the cage announced his retirement. DC on the other hand played the heel role great by trash talking Jimi and Jon.
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