Saturday marked the first UFC event in Buffalo, New York since 1995, and it might turn out to be one the better cards put together this year, but what is a good card without some controversy?
It all started Friday morning at weigh-ins when Daniel Cormier (18-1-0) coming in overweight by 1.2 pounds, and then cutting that weight in less than three minutes. Cormier used the oldest trick in the book by pushing down on the privacy towel, by doing so it made him a pound lighter. This caused a huge stir in the MMA community.
Next came Saturday’s Co-Main event between Chris Weidman (13-2-0) and Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2). To give a little background to the rules, as of 2017, if a fighter has the palms of both hands on the mat any knee to the head area will be deemed illegal, whereas before a fighter only need one palm on the mat.
Mousasi landed two knees to the head of Weidman, who was deemed down by the referee who then stopped the fight giving Weidman five minutes to recover. Upon reviewing the video, Weidman was found to have just one hand on the mat for both knees to his head. Becuase the fight was stopped, Dan Miragliotta was then forced to call the fight, which resulted in a TKO victory for Mousasi.
Mousasi says he would like an immediate rematch with Weidman as he was still wanting to fight after the offcial decision. You can see the full octagon interviews here:http://www.ufc.com/media/UFC-210-Gegard-Mousasi-and-Chris-Weidman-Octagon-Interviews
Now onto the retirements: First up, Patrick Cote (24-10-0). Cote squared up with Thiago Alves (26-12-0). Cote started off the fight slow, but picked it up in the second and third rounds. When the two started to swing away at each other, it was Alves that would land strikes, which led to his second knockdown of the fight.
At the two minute mark of the third and final round, Alves scored a take down and opened up a cut on the forehead of Cote. When the two men stood up with about a minute and a half left, Cote knew he was down and started to taunt his opponent, which got some cheers form the crowd. At the end of the fight, he announced his retirement, and said he would retire win or lose, thus marking the end to a 15 year career.
You can check out Cote’s full comments below:
The second and final retirement of the night came as a shock to the entire MMA community. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (22-5-0) announced his retirement following his second loss to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier via rear naked choke in round two. Johnson’s full octagon interview can be seen here:
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) April 9, 2017
I’m really disappointed that we will now never see “Rumble” square off with former LHW champion Jon “Bones” Jones, but I, along with the entire UFC and MMA community wish him luck in his new endeavor.
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