Two freakish situations mar UFC 210 weigh-ins

The top fighters set to spar on Saturday at UFC 210 held an open workout at KeyBank Center, including defending light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and his opponent Anthony "rumble" Johnson.

"The guy is the most talented human being I've ever competed against", Cormier admitted of his nemesis.

"I'm definitely not the same fighter I was two years ago", Johnson said.

Maybe a reprise of the infamous brawl between Jones and Cormier three years ago in the MGM Grand lobby wouldn't be the worst thing. Johnson, meanwhile, rebounded from the title defeat with three straight knockout finishes to earn another crack at gold. "I feel no stress, no pressure". I'm not sure I've really thought about it. I don't know how I lost a step.

"I know [Johnson] can't beat me". You've got real issues. Nobody's bothering me anymore. Cormier controlled Johnson throughout the final two rounds to claim the title stripped from Jones, who had been suspended indefinitely by the UFC at the time after his arrest when police said he left the scene of a auto accident.

I mentioned hydration, a insane fact about many of these fighters. "I couldn't believe what I was witnessing". He's a big guy who just doesn't seem to have the stamina to go far into a fight. I do what I have to do to win. He is a smart, but unsafe fighter and will capitalize on any mistakes Weidman makes. That's just how it is. "The difference is I am going to stand up to him".

The fight was almost in jeopardy Friday when Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler, failed to make weight, coming in over a pound heavy for the 205-pound limit.

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Finally, Rumble Johnson arrived with just one minute left and weighed in at 203 pounds.

If he does decide to grab a seat inside KeyBank Center, Cormier says he best not dare step into the cage to challenge the victor - especially if it's Cormier.

Since then, he's received a steady stream of messages, usually quoting Bible scripture, from his grandmother, Parlene Johnson, and words of love from his sister, Sherri Kates.

Expect both fighter to come out fast and establish a pace. It's never the same person.

Jones, who was born in Rochester, attended Union-Endicott High School and lived in Ithaca, said at a press conference Friday in Buffalo that he wants to fight in NY. "It always happens at the right time".

During his last fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 200, the crowd booed the 38-year-old through the entire three rounds even though he won - but if that makes you think wrestling is boring then think again.

  • Stacy Houston