Major main-event drama in UFC's return to Buffalo

Posted April 08, 2017

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.

"I know [Johnson] can't beat me. The last time he fought Ovince Saint Preux, it was just a sh*tty fight, nearly as bad as me and Anderson Silva". He also possesses phenomenal takedown defense, although Cormier was able to bring the fight to the ground during their first encounter.

UFC 210 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.

"I'm not the same fighter I was back then [against Cormier]", Johnson said. Cormier used his knowledge from the first fight as the "base" for training for this fight.

With the 11 a.m. deadline approaching, neither Cormier nor Johnson had stepped on the scale. He can either respect me or not respect me, it doesn't matter. "I'm just focused on the guy who's trying to kill me now".

Though Cormier is confident in a win, he still remains cautious toward Johnson's skill set.

For me, this pick comes down to what I saw from Calvillo even before her fight with Cooper started last month. He's his biggest cheerleader - someone has to build up his confidence and that's what he's doing - but my last three fights have proven how I'm different than my last fight with D.C.

Coming off a loss in his last bout, lightweight Will Brooks is a -240 favorite against +190 underdog Charles Oliveira. I'm happy. I'm in a better place. "He is an elite athlete, he's the champion", Johnson said.

UFC 210 is here to push the limping beast that is the UFC forward ever so slightly until we hear something, anything, about the state of McGregor vs. Mayweather.

Johnson's wrong. Jones' impending comeback might be the most relevant part of his fight this weekend.

Yeah, so tell me, what's it like preparing for a rematch? I put these guys away. "I pay more mind to whom I associate with", Johnson, 33, said.

The co-main event is a veritable toss-up, with Gegard Mousasi listed at -120 on the UFC 210 betting lines against ex-middleweight champ Chris Weidman, who has a price of -110.

Mousasi (41-6-2 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is one of the division's hottest fighters, winning four straight, including three-consecutive TKO finishes.

Jury is a well-rounded fighter, holding a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as his own style of kickboxing. He has collected a total of 22 KO/TKOs and 12 submissions in his career. If we are going five rounds then we are going five rounds. "At the end of the day, he relies on his wrestling and as a guy who can stop his takedowns, he is going to have a hard time". Mousasi does a great job of staying calm under pressure, but Weidman can keep up his intensity, get Mousasi backing up and explode for a takedown. "I feel no stress, no pressure".