UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier took place May 23, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (28-6, 1 NC) looked to secure his title shot with a win over injury replacement John Makdessi (13-4) on the night's main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
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Round 1: Jason Herzog is the referee. Both fighters open orthodox. Cerrone scores right away with a hard outside leg kick. And another. Cerrone goes high and clips Makdessi in the head, twice. Makdessi is still in this, but he's already being picked apart. Cerrone now back on the front leg in and outside. Makdessi lands a body jab. Cerrone drives forward with a 1-2, but mostly misses. Makdessi with a nice jab and body kick, but eats a hard jab. Cerrone chases down a right straight and gets it. Two outside leg kicks from Cerrone. The two clinch and Cerrone shoves him off just long enough to score a jab.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Cerrone
Round 2: Cerrone scores with three consecutive punches and the two exchange leg kicks. Cerrone scores again with a one-two, this time followed by a knee. He lands an outside leg kick, but eats a jab from Makdessi. Left hook from Makdessi, but he eats another outside leg kick. Makdessi lands another left after Cerrone scores with an outside leg kick. Also a knee lands for Cerrone. Good jab, too, from Makdessi. Driving elbow from Cerrone lands, then another inside the clinch. At the end of a combo, Cerrone lands a head kick to the face. Makdessi tries to call time out, so referee Herzog waves it off. That's the fight. It appears Makdessi has a broken jaw.
Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi via TKO (fighter surrender) at 4:44 of round 2