The UFC sets up shop in Buffalo for the second time in company history with UFC 210 on April 8. While UFC 210 might not provide the top-tier names fight fans are used to, the main card should still provide plenty of action. The main event will feature Daniel Cormier and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the UFC light heavyweight title on the line. For the second time after D.C. scored a third-round submission to claim the vacant 205-pound belt in 2015.
Despite Cormier’s success over the past two years he’s a betting underdog to Johnson for Saturday’s clash. Johnson is coming off three consecutive KO/TKO wins, including a 13-second stoppage of Glover Teixeira last year.
Daniel Cormier has a legitimate claim to being the best technical wrestler to ever grace the Octagon. The former Olympian is all about controlling his opponent and grinding out victories in the most vicious way possible. If you ever think wrestling can be boring, just watch DC work and you’ll see that it is not. Cormier is a chain-wrestling expert who works his best when he gets his opponent on the cage and can just chip away. From the clinch, he can either work his strikes or use a multitude of takedowns to get on top of his opponent. And when DC is on top, he clamps down on his opponent quickly, fluidly transitions and absolutely suffocates them. He can do this comfortably for entire fights and relishes draining opponents and making them quit mentally.
The striking game is very effective. He moves forward behind his jab and leg kicks, which he uses very well to fight bigger than his small-for-the-division frame. He doesn’t exactly sport amazing knockout ability in his hands but his growing striking game is built to feed into his grappling.
MMA is a sport of hyperbole. That being said, Rumble may be the hardest-hitting human being in the UFC. Johnson has 16 career victories via knockout with 12 of those coming in the first round. He can knock out anyone with nearly every limb but it’s his massive right hand that opponents need to be terrified of. Rumble moves forward behind kicks and jabs but generally holds his powerful right for counterpunching, which is some of the smoothest in the light heavyweight division. If Rumble gets his opponent rattled, he will aggressively pursue the finish and throw multiple right hands in succession looking for the KO.
With his phenomenal power, many overlook Rumble’s grappling. Clinching with Johnson is a dangerous proposition, as he is strong and it offers a perfect avenue for his uppercuts and knees. Rumble won’t often use his wrestling offensively but if he does and he gets top control, Johnson has brutal ground and pound.
Rumble can win any fight he is in. One strike and he walks out of UFC 210 with the gold. However, Cormier survived once and he can do it again. DC will grind his way through the first couple of rounds until Rumble gasses and he will likely find a sub. Follow the best betting odds, sign up at Heritagesports