The UFC returns to Buffalo for the first time in over 20 years on Saturday, April 8, with a star-studded card that’s highlighted by a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Here’s a breakdown of the entire card as well as start times for the FS1 and UFC Fight Pass prelims.
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2 (UFC 210 Main Card -- 10PM/7PM ET/PT, live on PPV)
One of the hard hitting fighters on the UFC roster looks for his fourth straight finish when he battles current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210.
Cormier and Johnson originally squared off at UFC 187 back in 2015 for the 205-pound title vacated by Jon Jones. After a strong opening round, “Rumble” faded fast in the second and third as Cormier was just finding his groove.
“DC” walked away with the submission win and is ultra-confident headed into the rematch against Johnson, who took the first loss in stride and went on to score three straight KO/TKO wins.
The winner here not only takes home the belt, but could set themselves up for a matchup with former champion Jon Jones later this year. The stakes are high in this one.
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi
A marquee matchup between top middleweight contenders Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi mans the co-main event in Buffalo.
Weidman, fighting in his home state of New York for the second consecutive time, is in serious need of a win after dropping two straight by KO/TKO. “The All-American” is still just two fights removed from holding UFC gold and still believes he has what it takes to hold the title again.
He has a tough challenge standing in front of him, however, in Mousasi, who might have had the best 2016 of any middleweight outside of Michael Bisping. Mousasi won four straight fights last year -- three by KO/TKO -- while only absorbing 42 significant strikes along the way.
Both of these guys are hungry for a shot at the belt and a win in Buffalo puts them one step closer.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
After a blistering first-round submission of TUF alum Amanda Cooper at UFC 209, Cynthia Calvillo hops back into the Octagon a little over a month later for her second UFC bout.
Calvillo is just 4-0 professionally but has finished all but one of her wins and impressed UFC brass enough to earn her second straight UFC pay-per-view main card appearance.
She’ll take on UFC newcomer and submission specialist Pearl Gonzalez.
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Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
Former title challengers Thiago Alves and Patrick Cote throw down on the main card in Buffalo.
Alves and Cote are both trending in different directions but both need a win regardless. Since challenging Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title in 2009, Alves has won just four of nine fights, including back-to-back losses in his last two trips to the Octagon.
Cote, a former middleweight title challenger, is coming off a loss to Donald Cerrone but overall has won six of his last eight, with the other loss coming against title contender Stephen Thompson. “The Predator” sits just outside the welterweight top 15, but a strong win at UFC 210 could put him over the edge.
Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira ventures back up to lightweight against Will Brooks at UFC 210 after an unsuccessful trip down to featherweight where he lost three of four fights.
Oliveira has bounced between the two divisions but no doubt he’s looked his best at 155-pounds. The Brazilian touts some of the best grappling in either division, as he’s locked up submissions in an astounding eight of his nine UFC wins.
Well-rounded lightweight Will Brooks will look to hold off the submission ace as he makes his UFC pay-per-view debut. Brooks is a former champion in another promotion, so the bright lights won’t shake him. But the relentless attack of Oliveira might.
This is a great matchup to kick off the main card.
Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre (UFC 210 Prelims -- 8PM/5PM ETPT, live and free on FS1)
Myles Jury ends a near year-and-a-half long layoff when he faced Mike De La Torre in the UFC 210 FS1 featured prelim.
Jury was once one of the most promising fighters at 155-pounds, as he reeled off 15 straight pro wins, including six inside the Octagon. But since then, he’s lost two straight and is trying to find his footing in the UFC featherweight division.
De La Torre has bounced between wins and losses in the UFC but could make a serious name for himself with a win over Jury.
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Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland
"Ultimate Fighter" season 21 winner Kamaru Usman asked for welterweight contender Demian Maia after his dominant win over Warlley Alves but unfortunately the UFC did not grant his wish.
He did, however, get a pretty good dance partner for his return to the Octagon at UFC 210. Strickland is a tireless fighter who will do his damnedest to match Usman’s already ridiculous pace.
Despite their placement on the prelims, don’t be surprised if these guys steal the show.
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Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa
Heavy handed featherweight Shane Burgos puts his undefeated record on the line against four-fight UFC veteran Charles Rosa.
Rosa was impressive while earning a win in his last out and fought featherweight star Yair Rodriguez to a split decision in 2015.
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Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blachowicz
The loser of this light heavyweight tilt could also see their spot in the rankings disappear.
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Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green
Power puncher Josh Emmett goes for his 11th straight professional win against Desmond “The Predator” Green.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Irene Aldana
Intriguing women’s bantamweight prospect Irene Aldana tries to shake off a loss in her UFC debut in a bout against well-rounded prospect Katlyn Chookagian.
Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Flyweight prospects Jenel Lausa and Magomed Bibulatov kick off the action at UFC 210.