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UFC 210 live blog: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 210 live blog for Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Cormier, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, will face Johnson, a power puncher who has won three consecutive fights, in the main event.

Check out the UFC 210 live blog below.

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Round 1: Big John McCarthy is the referee for this 205 pound title fight. Rumble presses forward and feinting with his hands a lot. Johnson surprises and goes for a takedown early up against the cage but Cormier defends and they stay clinched. Cormier lands some good elbows as Johnson attacks the legs. Cormier touches the canvas for a second but he's back up quickly. Shocking decisions from Rumble here and now Cormier has a front headlock. Cormier keeps Rumble with his back against the fence. Not a lot of damage but making Rumble work. Rumble can't escape. Gets a bit wild with a high kick in close and Big John separates them. Rumble hurts Cormier a little bit with a head kick and he's pressing forward throwing wildly. Now Rumble is back to wrestling the legs and the round ends in this position. Johnson possibly scores a takedown as the bell lands but the bell may have sounded before Cormier was down. MMA Fighting scores the round for Johnson 10-9.

Round 2: Cormier's nose is almost certainly broken, hanging from the side of his face like a Picasso. Rumble has switched to southpaw stance and he lands a big knee to the body but Cormier forces Rumble up against the cage. Cormier has a high underhook on the right side and he's using it to keep Rumble against the cage and pepper him with shots. Johnson reverses and gets a takedown but Cormier stands back up immediately. Now Cormier is in on a single and he finishes it and transitions to Johnson's back. Cormier is holding an off-kilter back mount and Cormier is landing consistent shots. Rumble isn't defending and now he might be in trouble. Cormier is under the neck and there's the tap! Daniel Cormier submits Anthony Johnson with a rear-naked choke.

UFC 210 official results: Daniel Cormier chokes out Anthony Johnson at 3:37 of R2 to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship. Anthony Johnson retires after the loss saying he's tired of getting punched and that the decision was made before the fight.

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