UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 took place April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Veteran welterweights Thiago Alves (22-11) and Patrick Cote (23-11) locked horns on the night's main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Alves vs. Cote, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Jed Meshew.
Round 1: Todd Anderson is the referee. The two men exchange leg licks without much other action happening. Cote is moving forward and Alves lands a clinch knee that backs him up. Now Alves is stalking. Competitive round, both men throwing and landing some. Cote is back to moving forward. He backs Alves up to the fence and the two exchange. Alves lands a big left hook and drops Cote! Alves follows him to the ground and Cote ties Alves up in half-guard. Alves pours on punches as the round ends. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Alves.
Round 2: Cote comes out aggressively to start the round and Alves is moving away. They get into a clinch and Alves lands a big left on the break. His jab and low kicks have been very effective too. Cote is in the fight but Alves' combinations are tighter and he's scoring the more powerful blows. Cote keeps the pressure on and lands maybe he best combination of the fight. Cote gets caught with a monster punching coming forward and falls to his knees in a takedown attempt. He gets up and looks a little wobbly still. Alves is warned twice in quick succession to keep his fingers closed. The round ends with a small exchange. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Alves.
Round 3: Alves goes for an inside low kick that lands low and there's a brief break in time before the fight restarts. Cote coming forward and feinting. Lands a good body-head combination before shooting in for a takedown. Alves stuffs it and their in the clinch along the cage. Alves reverses position and then takes Cote down. Cote is in full guard and Alves is landing some good punches. Cote tying up and turning his hips but Alves doesn't allow much. Cote kicks him off and they're standing again. Cote continues to pressure and now he's winging Mortal Kombat style uppercuts trying to make something happen. Alves is staying tight and he goes for a jump knee but misses as the horn sounds. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Alves (30-27 Alves overall).
UFC 210 official results: Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27X3) and Patrick Cote retires after the bout.