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Daniel Cormier dominates and chokes out Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to become UFC Champion

UFC 187 took place on Saturday (May 23) from Las Vegas a the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event aired live on pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Daniel Cormier © (16-1) 6 KOs, 5 subs, 5 unanimous decision wins in his career and is 5-1 in his last six bouts. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak. DC has been a pro since 2009, he received his brown jiu-jitsu belt in 2013 and is 2-1 as a lightweight. In his last five bouts, he beat Frank Mir in April of 2013 by unanimous decision, he beat Roy Nelson at UFC 166 by unanimous decision then he beat Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 in his light heavyweight debut with a first round TKO victory. In his next two bouts, he is 1-1. He beat Dan Henderson at UFC 173 by third-round rear-naked choke but lost to Jon Jones at UFC 182 in January of 2015 by unanimous decision. He submitted #1 Anthony Johnson at UFC 187

#1 Anthony Johnson (19-5) 13 KOs, 0 subs, 6 decision wins in his career and is one-fight losing streak. In his last six bouts, he beat Andrei Arlovski in March of 2013 by unanimous decision and then Mike Kule in January of 2014 by first round knockout while fighting under the WSOF banner. He returned to the UFC at UFC 172 with a win over Phil Davis by unanimous decision. He then knocked out Antonio Nogueira in July of 2014 and Alexander Gustafsson in January of 2015 during the first round. He was submitted by now Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 187.

Round 1: DC poked Johnson accidentally in the eye right off the bat. Johnson with a huge right hand that dropped DC, but DC recovered and DC got the back of Johnson while in the clinch. DC puts him up on the fence, then slams Johnson down. DC puts all of his weight on Johnson to try and keep him down. Johnson stays on his feet, DC works for a single leg takedown, he gets it. Johnson gets to his feet, DC has a hold of Johnson’s head while in the clinch on the fence. Johnson got free, but DC stays on him in the clinch. Johnson with a head kick as he breaks free. DC with a wild swing, Johnson tagged him with a straight right. DC went for a takedown but stuffed. Johnson with another head kick. DC clinches and puts Johnson on the fence with under a minute to go.

Round 2: Johnson uses some leg kicks, DC throws somebody kicks. Johnson with a head kick and then an overhand right. Johnson threw a body kick, but DC caught it and shot in on a single leg. DC with a double leg slam and got into half guard. DC with elbows from the top while in half guard. So far, DC is 2 for 8 on his takedowns. DC worked for a kimura but quickly let it go. DC with some more elbows and then went for the kimura again. DC tries to softens up Johnson with elbows and then goes back to the kimura lock. DC with more strikes from the top. He mixes them up with body and head strikes as well as elbows. Johnson wants a stand up by big John McCarthy, he’s bleeding as the round ends.

Round 3: DC shot in for a takedown right away, but stuffed. Johnson even went for one, but that was stuffed. DC clinched and placed Johnson on the fence searching for a takedown. DC with some elbows to the face of Johnson while in the clinch. DC put Johnson down and attempted to get the back of Johnson. DC with some big shots to the jaw of Johnson. At this point, Anthony Johnson is tired as DC presses on. DC got the back of Johnson and locked in the rear-naked choke for the win!

Result: Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:39 of R3

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