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UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier (5/23/2015) - Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)


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UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier

May 23, 2015

Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

 

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Anthony Johnson (204.5) vs. Daniel Cormier (205) (vacant) - Cormier, SUB (rear naked choke), R3 (2:39)

UFC Middleweight Championship: Chris Weidman © (185) vs. Vitor Belfort (184) (third defense) - Weidman, TKO (punches), R1 (2:53)

Donald Cerrone (156) vs. John Makdessi (155.5) - Cerrone, TKO (jaw injury), R2 (4:44)

Travis Browne (236.5) vs. Andrei Arlovski (241) - Arlovski, TKO (strikes), R1 (4:41)

Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. John Moraga (126) - Benavidez, DEC (unanimous)

 

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:

John Dodson (125.5) vs. Zach Makovsky (126) - Dodson, DEC (unanimous)

Josh Burkman (170.5) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (170.5) - Kim, SUB (arm triangle choke), R3 (2:13)

Uriah Hall (186) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5) - Natal, DEC (split)

Mike Pyle (171) vs. Colby Covington (170.5) - Covington, DEC (unanimous)

 

Fight Pass Preliminary Card:

Islam Makhachev (155.5) vs. Leo Kuntz (155.5) - Makhachev, SUB (rear naked choke), R2 (2:38)

Justin Scoggins (126) vs. Josh Sampo (126) - Scoggins, DEC (unanimous)

 

Event Bonuses ($50,000):

Performance of the Night: Chris Weidman

Performance of the Night: Daniel Cormier

Fight of the Night: Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski

 

Attendance: 12,615

Gate: $5,198,167

Buyrate: 375,000

 

Cancelled Bouts:

Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer - Injury to Spencer

Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson - Jones Stripped of Title and Placed Under Indefinite Suspension

Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov - Injury to Nurmagomedov (Torn Meniscus)

Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff - Ansaroff Deemed Medically Unfit After Contracting Flu

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I heard Colby Covington's handlers wanted to bring him up slow. Well, Mike Pyle is a giant step up from a guy is basically .500 right now who washed out of TUF Brazil and random TUF China washout guy. This is like a boxing prospect going from fighting 4 rounders against dudes who install hardwood floors for a living to an ex title contender in their first ten rounder. Mike Pyle ain't a world beater, but he can still fuck your day up if you've never been at that level.

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Yeah, I am guessing that is what they're hoping for because otherwise we could see some apple cart tipping.

 

Speaking of young prospects, I was listening to Cheap Seats earlier today. According to Greg Savage, people at AKA are really talking up Islam Makhachev as the next guy up. Someone said he might be better than Khabib. That's a ton of pressure to put on someone.

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Combate put out a story and Okamoto tweeted about it yesterday as well. Apparently, Weidman already commented on that this morning.

 

I saw Okamoto's tweets.  He also said Belfort's levels were fine but said they were higher than Weidman's.  I guess that's suspicious if was "diagnosed" with "low testosterone" before he started taking synthetic test and now that he's allegedly off it...his test levels are now higher? 

 

Also saw somewhere that Weidman's looked low and he's in his early 30s...so...whatever I guess.

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Namajunas vs. Ansaroff is off due to Ansaroff being deemed medically unfit. Ansaroff contracted the flu during fight week.

 

Pyle vs. Covington has been moved up to the FS1 prelims.

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