Daniel Cormier retains UFC light heavyweight title.
Daniel Cormier taunts British fighter Jimi Manuwa following his UFC light heavyweight title win. It was via a submission win over heavy-hitting Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.
The UFC light heavyweight title came into the fight which was had been postponed from last year.
Daniel Cormier controlled the fight, keeping Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson up against the fence and limiting the challenger to just a handful of kicks and punches.
One of those may have broken former Olympic wrestler’s nose early on, but the champion eventually got on Johnson’s back and secured the rear naked choke victory after three minutes 37 seconds of the second round.
This is the second time Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson had been choked out by Cormier for the title, and the challenger stunned the crowd after his loss by announcing his retirement from the sport aged just 33.
“I don’t have any excuses, I lost again to the better man,” said Johnson.
“This was my last fight. I didn’t tell anyone. I gave my commitment to another job – something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s not MMA related.
“It’s time for me to move on to something else.”
Later The UFC light heavyweight title holder Cormier laid the grounds for a future fight against compatriot and former champion Jon Jones – currently suspended after failing a drugs test over a sex pill last year.
“Is he eligible to fight yet?” he taunted Jones. “When you get your academics together, you can come back to the classroom.”
He also challenged Manuwa, who was in the arena in Buffalo, New York, watching the fight.
“You don’t want this,” Cormier said. “You just beat Corey Anderson. Sit down.”
Manuwa destroyed American Anderson last month in London to put himself into the title picture.