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Worn out, beaten down and exhausted, Anthony Johnson succumbed to a choke from Daniel Cormier in the third round of their first meeting back at UFC 187 in May 2015. This Saturday, Johnson will get a chance at redemption as he faces Cormier for a second time.Cormier has only defended the title once since that first meeting, once due to a Cormier injury and the other a result of Jones’ failed test for performance-enhancing drugs prior to UFC 200 last summer.
Johnson looked utterly confused by Cormier’s wrestling, failing to ever break free once Cormier gained the dominant position. He was left battered and cut after the second round, seemingly struggling to catch his breathe while slowly making it to his corner. After a wild shot to start the third, he was on the ground again with no way of stopping Cormier’s wrestling before getting choked out.
The light heavyweight division needs Johnson to win this fight on Saturday to earn more respect from the fans. Despite what Jon Jones was able to do for the division — and the sport — since he’s been gone, 205 has been considered the weakest division in UFC.If Rumble is able to keep this fight standing up and trade with Cormier, this could be over in a flash. But if Cormier takes this fight to the ground, we’re in for another grind it out brawl.