UFC 187: Daniel Cormier Secures Light-Heavyweight Crown, Chris Weidman Takes Out Vitor Belfort
By FCF Staff
Daniel Cormier made good on his second chance to win the UFC’s light-heavyweight title tonight in Las Vegas, as the fighter’s vaunted wrestling game proved to be too much for Anthony Johnson.
“Rumble” blasted Cormier on several occasions with kicks and punches at UFC 187, but the latter was able to weather the storm and take the fight to the mat. After punishing Johnson in round two with ground-and-pound strikes, Cormier finished the bout with a rear-naked-choke in round three.
After the victory, Cormier relayed to Jon Jones that he’ll be waiting for the fighter, who was recently stripped of the 205 title. Jones and Cormier met in January, and “Bones” defeated his rival by unanimous decision.
In the co-main event, Chris Weidman took some heavy punches from Vitor Belfort early on, but quickly turned around the fight with a nicely timed takedown. Belfort had no answers for the middleweight champ’s top game, and the fight was stopped at 2:53 of round one.
Here are the complete results from UFC 187, which was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 2:39
Chris Weidman def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) R1, 2:53
Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi via TKO (head kick) R2, 4:44
Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Browne via TKO (punches) R1, 4:41
Joseph Benavidez def. John Moraga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Dodson def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dong Hyun Kim def. Josh Burkman via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R3, 2:13
Rafael Natal def. Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Colby Covington def. Mike Pyle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Islam Makhachev def . Leo Kuntz via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:38
Justin Scoggins def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)