Cormier submits Johnson in 3rd, wins vacant title at UFC 187
LAS VEGAS, United States — Daniel Cormier beat Anthony “Rumble” Johnson with a rear naked choke in the third round, winning the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 187 on Saturday night.
Cormier (16-1) dominated Johnson on the ground in the final two rounds to win the title stripped from Jon Jones, who was suspended indefinitely by the UFC last month after his arrest when police said he left the scene of a car accident. Cormier lost a decision to Jones at UFC 182 in January.
Chris Weidman also defended his middleweight title at the MGM Grand Garden, stopping Vitor Belfort with a relentless series of punches on the ground.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone earned his eighth consecutive lightweight victory earlier, apparently breaking John Makdessi’s jaw with a kick to the head in the second round.