After losing a title shot to Jon Jones in January, Daniel Cormier claimed the vacant light heavyweight belt on Saturday (May 23) at UFC 187, when he submitted Anthony Johnson via rear-naked choke in the third round.
The 205-pound title was vacant, after Jones was stripped of the belt in late April, following a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was the first time the UFC has stripped a champion, due to disciplinary reasons. Jones has also been suspended indefinitely.
After winning, Cormier (16-1) had some words for Jones. “Jon Jones, get your sh*t together. I’m waiting for you,” he said, before walking out of the cage.
In the co-headling main event, Chris Weidman (13-0) defended his 185-pound title for the third time, defeating Vitor Belfort via TKO at 2:53 of the first round.
Belfort (24-11) hurt Weidman during an early exchange, but the champ put his back on the fence and covered up from the barrage of follow-up punches. Weidman eventually pushed him away and reset.
“All I was thinking was, ‘You’re tiring yourself out,’ ” Weidman said. “He hit me with some good shots, but I’ve been there in sparring. I was just covering, covering.”
After reseting, Weidman would take down Belfort and eventually move into full mount, raining down punches… earning a knockout.