UFC 210 wasn’t quite what we expected. Our predictions weren’t terribly off if this night had been your standard UFC event. There must be something in the water in Buffalo because this night was anything but normal for UFC. There was a debut, drama, and devastating news at UFC 210. Here’s what our resident UFC Guru Mark had to say about the night.
The whole night shaped up to be your standard UFC event. A nice Round 1 SUB finish from Olivera against a quickly fading Brooks.
The following match boasted a massive battle between Alves and Cote. While that win went in favor of Alves for a third-round unanimous decision, Cote stole the spotlight as he tossed his gloves down to his feet to announce his retirement. I’m sad to see him go, but he chose a great fight to bow out on.
Making her UFC debut at 210, Pearl Gonzalez came into the Octagon with passion and the will to win. While she gave it all she had, it seemed to be no match for the energetic grappler, Cynthia Calvillo, who was right at home inside the Octagon. While Gonzalez hit two out of her three takedowns, Calvillo was able to turn the tide on each one, gaining an offensive position that eventually led her to a SUB win in the third round.
Holy Drama Batman!
The Co-Main event can be summed up in three words… ‘UFC Needs Replay’. This fight when back and forth quite a bit, with the judges awarding Weidman with most of the fight control. As Mousasi began to press harder in round two, he managed to land two hard knees to Weidman’s head. Here is where the Drama comes in – the referee, Dan Miragliotta stopped the contest due to what was believe to be an illegal blow from the second knee. To help you understand, when an illegal blow is delivered, the victim of the blow is given 5 minutes to rest. In this instance, doctors entered the Octagon to examine Weidman and decided to call the fight. Replays proved that the second knee was clearly legal and the crowd showered the Octagon with boos as Miragliotta awarded Mousasi the fight via TKO in the second round.
Well, it looks as though history can repeat itself – but only this time it was a little strange and infuriating. Cormier vs Johnson 2, in my opinion, did not deliver as promised by Anthony Johnson in many interviews prior to the match. What started off the match was some great movement and surprisingly more strikes coming from a wrestler, Daniel Cormier. DC kept control of the fight and was prepared to keep it standing, but in a shocking turn of events, Rumble decided to wrestle! WRESTLE! Really?! You want to wrestle the former Olympian when you have fists that knock fighters out in under a minute?! Even Johnson’s corner was baffled by the decisions he made, which ultimately lead to his defeat via rear naked choke in round two. After the winner was announced and Joe Rogan began the post-fight interview, it was with a heavy heart and eyes full of tears, that Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson would shock the UFC universe with the sad news of his retirement. I for one will miss him. He’s had a helluva ride in the UFC and I wish him well in whatever he does next.
While the outcomes of the fights weren’t exactly what we had anticipated, our UFC VIP Experience went off without a hitch. From weigh-in to the last fight, the weekend was full of surprises. Our guests were treated to a tour of the Octagon where they posed with the UFC Championship Belt just after the weigh in. Fight night brought each guest to our in-arena hospitality where the food was delicious and the drinks delightful. Luke Rockhold, Stephen Thompson, Rashad Evans, Gian Villante, and Eddie Gordon all took some time to come meet our guests. The main card was one for the records and our guests had the best seats in the house.
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