The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads back to Buffalo, NY for the second time in promotional history and first time in nearly 22 years with UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson II. The stacked 13-fight card is set to kick off with four preliminary fights on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET, with preliminary action continuing on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. and the main card getting underway at 10 p.m. on Pay-Per-View. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Kicking things off for the UFC 210 main card on PPV will be a grappler versus grappler matchup in the UFC’s lightweight division, when wrestling standout “Ill” Will Brooks takes on submission ace Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. Brooks is coming off a third-round TKO loss against Alex Oliveira and looks to bounce back into the win column by taking out another Oliveira. His previous opponent, Alex Oliveira, has since moved up to the welterweight division while “Do Bronx” is moving up from featherweight, so unlike the last bout, Brooks will have the size advantage heading into this one. The Brazilian is coming off back-to-back guillotine-choke submission losses to Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas and is eager to bounce back into the win column, though he remains uncertain as to whether his future is at 155 or 145 pounds. Considering the consecutive defeats, it is also likely that he has his back against the wall heading into this one. Next we climb up to the welterweight division, where Thiago Alves moves back up to 170 pounds after a failed move down to the lightweight division, where he missed weight and lost a unanimous decision to Jim Miller. Greeting him back at welterweight will be Montreal’s Patrick Cote, as he aims for a return to the win column following a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Donald Cerrone. Alves versus Cote is a bout between two veterans who appear to be on a decline and may be on their way out, though stylistically, they should put on an entertaining scrap for the fight fans in Buffalo. This battle could end up stealing the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, so it is a matchup to not sleep on. The following bout takes place in the women’s strawweight division, as Cynthia Calvillo looks to make it two in a row for herself inside the Octagon when she squares off against UFC newcomer Pearl Gonzalez. This is a very entertaining matchup between a pair of prospects that could potentially be the frontrunner for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Team Alpha Male’s Calvillo made her promotional debut earlier this month at UFC 209, where she defeated Amanda Cooper by first-round rear-naked choke submission. She makes an immediate turnaround and hopes to remain undefeated with another impressive victory at UFC 210. Meanwhile, 10th Planet San Diego’s Gonzalez rides a six-fight winning streak, including a third-round armbar submission victory over current UFC strawweight Cortney Casey, though she has not seen action in nearly a year. She plans to capitalize on this opportunity by scoring an impressive victory over Calvillo. The co-main event takes place in the middleweight division, as former UFC 185-pound champion Chris Weidman looks to snap a two fight losing skid by taking the momentum of the Armenian Gegard Mousasi, who currently rides an impressive four-fight winning streak that includes three finishes. This is arguably the people’s main event and is a bout every fight fan is chomping at the bits to see. Headlining the UFC 210 main card will be a light heavyweight title rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Cormier was victorious by way of third-round rear-naked choke submission when the pair first met nearly two years ago, but an impressive three-fight winning streak that consisted completely of knockout finishes has earned him another crack at the gold.
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