UFC 210 Fight Week Kicks Off

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Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier travels in style to a CT media day, where he has a tense exchange at ESPN with title challenger Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. The two were originally supposed to have their rematch at UFC 206 but a groin injury forced Cormier to back out until now. As they prepare to meet for a second time this weekend in the main event of UFC 210, that initial blow and the trio of punishing knockout finishes Johnson has amassed since stand as Exhibits A through D for pundits and fans making the case for a new champion being crowned in Buffalo. "I can't wait to see what happens", said UFC light heavyweight challenger Anthony Johnson. He is scheduled to appear at a press conference on Friday in Buffalo, the day before Cormier defends his title against the aforementioned Anthony Johnson in the same city.

"I felt it, trust me, I don't want to feel it again". It landed flush, and sent DC flying across the canvas, but it really didn't seem to phase Cormier.

Historically the victor of the first bout has shown to have the advantage going into the second, but I am confident this rematch will be an exception.

Johnson, of course, has a different take on the rematch.

'I still look at it and think, 'That's not me out there.' It's more of a disappointment because of my performance, not even the fact that I lost; just my performance.

Daniel Cormier may be light heavyweight champion and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport today, but he's never been a true fan favorite during his UFC career. According to FightMetric, Cormier was only 3 of 8 for takedowns throughout the fight. "So I think it's pretty embarrassing that he's actually in public right now".

"'Don't give up" was not saying "don't quit the fight" - I don't think A.J.is like that, otherwise he wouldn't have come as far as he is now - but [it means] "don't give up positions where your opponent feels he's getting stronger'". "Ultimately (my legacy) will depend on the rivalry with Jones". The ones that don't they boo me in the moment and then they go about their business and they can boo me next time they see me or they can mess around on my social media but that stuff doesn't matter. "When you're part of something like that, it stays with you".

After weeks of intense training, Cormier's chance to avenge a January 2015 defeat to Jones had been ripped from him in the cruelest of manners.

Georges St. Pierre has been careful about not revealing too much about his plans, but boxing coach Freddie Roach wasn't quite as guarded on The MMA Hour podcast with Ariel Helwani this week.

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