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UFC 210: Daniel Cormier Says Anthony Johnson Wanted Out in Second Round of First Bout

Kelsey Mowatt

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Officially, the record shows that Daniel Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson in the third round of their 2015 bout, but the 205 champ claims “Rumble” wanted out much earlier.

Leading up to UFC 210, which will feature Cormier – Johnson II in the headliner, “DC” has consistently picked away at the mental fortitude and cardio of the contender. Cormier has claimed Johnson isn’t as explosive after the opening round, he’s also argued that the heavy handed fighter quits when the tough gets going.

Case in point, while speaking to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday, Cormier said this while discussing his first first fight with Johnson (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“Anthony Johnson was ready for me to finish him in the second round (of the first fight),” Cormier said. “The time just ran out. He tried to roll over to his stomach but I wouldn’t let him.”

“Watch it. When I cut him, he tried to roll to his belly and give me his back to choke him out. But I wouldn’t let him. I cross-faced him back down, and I elbowed him some more, time ran out. Third round, he did the same thing. Threw the punches, gave it one last shot to knock me out, and when he realized it wasn’t happening, turned over, gave me his back, and let me choke him.”

It will be interesting to see if this gets back to Johnson. As I’ve noted in recent days, Cormier and Johnson have always been pretty respectful of one another, but it does seem like the latter’s growing tired of the champ’s rhetoric.

Since Johnson was submitted by Cormier, he’s bombed out Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. Cormier, meanwhile, has earned decision wins over Alexander Gustafsson and the legendary Anderson Silva.

UFC 210 will go down in Buffalo, New York.

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