UFC 210 Ended With A Couple Surprises

As for Cormier, he has no shortage of options next and he made that clear as he engaged in some post-fight smack talk with perennial rival Jon Jones and England's own Jimi Manuwa, both of whom were in attendance in Buffalo's KeyBank Centre. Johnson started off strong in the first round as he caught Cormier in what appeared to be a fatal knee to the nose.

This fight went pretty much like Cormier's victory over the heavy-hitting Johnson at UFC 187, only quicker.

Light-heavyweight champion Cormier (19-1) sent Johnson (22-6) into retirement with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their title fight in Buffalo, New York, an identical finish to their first fight a year ago.

Then in the second round as Johnson lost, Hooft expressed frustration and said, "I'm not saying nothing".

Then, during the post-fight interview in the Octagon, the 33-year-old Johnson (22-6) announced his retirement, despite winning 12 of his last 14 fights.

'I didn't even tell Dana White. My coaches knew, my family knew and my friends knew. "I want a rematch right away". "I didn't want to take the head kick, but I knew as we went on, I would eventually get to him".

"When I got off the scale the first time, I walked away, and they didn't cover me", Cormier said. He was pulled from his headline fight at UFC 200 against Cormier after testing for a banned substance, which Jones blamed on a "contaminated sex pill".

"I'm exhausted of getting punched for a living, I want to do something else".

"It's not the way I wanted to win and I wanted to continue to fight". So locking me in here with him, that's a favour, that's a favour. Because when I got off the first time, my ass was showing.

"I've always been here".

While his fans now have to come to terms with him not stepping inside of the Octagon again, he did leave the door open for a potential clash with Bones when speaking after the fight, considering they never had the chance to fight.

"Now, the reality is, I didn't even realize I was doing that until I saw pictures, honestly". "I'm exhausted and the time is now for me to keep it moving..." The challenger perhaps took note of that and tried to wear on the champ by forcing him to grapple early in the fight, prompting a clinch against the cage after a brief skirmish on the feet. "I've done this submission before in the UFC and I heard my corners yelling for me to hold the position and not to give it up and he tapped", Oliveira said.

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