Saturday night'sUFC 210 marksthe company's return to city of Buffalo on Saturday night from the Keybank Center. It is the UFC's first card in the city since UFC 7 in 1995.
The main event features a rematch for the light heavyweight title asDaniel Cormierdefends against Anthony Johnson. And in the co-main event, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman goes up against former Strikeforcelight heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi.
There plenty of questions heading into UFC 210, here are four:
1.Is Cormier overlooking Johnson?
Normally, you would say a champion and a two-time Olympic wrestler wouldn't have that mindset. But Cormier has been talking a lot about former champion Jon Jones who will be in the arena for the fight. He's threatened Jones if he gets in the cage after the fight if he can get by Johnson. To add to the drama, Cormier initially missed the 205-pound weight limit and somehow lost 1.2 pounds in under three minutes.
His focus should be on Johnson, andthat doesn't seem to bethe case. If the leader of the American Kickboxing Academy can't reel it in quickly, Johnson has a great chance to walk out of UFC 210 the light heavyweight champion.
2.Can Johnson win the big one?
Johnson fell short when he challenged Cormier for the vacant title back at UFC 187 in May 2015, losing by third-round submission. Since the loss, "Rumble" has been on a tear, scoring three consecutive knockouts over top contenders Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa and Glover Texieira to net another opportunity at the gold.
It's hard to get one title shot, but for a fighter to get two chances is extremely rare. If Johnson doesn't leave UFC 210 with the gold, it is unlikely he would receive another crack at the belt in the 205-pound division.
3. Will Chris Weidmanget back in the winner's circle?
The last time Chris Weidman won a fight was 645 days ago at the aforementioned UFC 187, when he stopped Vitor Belfort to retain the middleweight title. He went on to lose the title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 in Dec. 2015 and then got knocked out by Yoel Romero at UFC 205 back in November.
"All American" isn't getting a "gimme fight" to snap his skid —Mousasi isa former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. Weidman is in no danger of getting cut from the promotion if he suffers another setback, but it pits him further from the pack in a talent-rich middleweight division.
4.Will Mousasi stay focused?
This is the last fight on Mousasi's UFC contract, and he's made no bones about his dissatisfactionwith getting paid less than what he feels he's worth.He was offered two contracts before UFC 210 and he turned them down. "The Dreamcatcher" keeps talking about money instead of talking about Weidman.
Fighters have bet on themselves before when it is the last fight on their contract: Namely,Lorenz Larkin and Ryan Bader who won their last UFC fights and secured big money deals with rival Bellator. Mousasi is in prime position. He's won four consecutive fights and appears to be catching Weidman at the right time.
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