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‘UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier’ Live Results and Play-by-Play

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
May 23rd, 2015
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“UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier” took place Saturday night inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Courtesy of Jon Jones’ latest mishap, a new UFC light heavyweight champion was crowned for the first time since March 2011. Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson battled for the 205-pound crown that was stripped from Jones in the show’s featured attraction.

Middleweight champ Chris Weidman put his strap up for grabs against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event.

Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:

Preliminary Card:

(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

Justin Scoggins Defeats Josh Sampo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

1stRound: Scoggins working a barrage of kicks early. He’s now targeting the legs. Sampo trying to find his range, but eats a left for his efforts. Scoggins scores with another leg kicks. Sampo is looking for a takedown, but Scoggins wiggles free. Scoggins is the sharper fighter thus far. Scoggins putting on a clinic with his kicks.

5thRound scores it: Scoggins, 10-9.

2ndRound: Sampo charges the center of the cage. Scoggins continues his kicking assault. Sampo takes a head kick and appears fairly dazed. He seems to recover, then eats a heavy body kick. Scoggins continues to beat him to the punch, and kick. Sampo scores the takedown he desperately needed. Scoggins tries to fight loose, but is dragged back to the ground. Scoggins finally gets up. Sampo returns to favor and pegs his opponent with a big kick to the body.

5thRound scores it: Scoggins, 10-9.

3rdRound: Sampo’s best success has been the takedown, but he needs a finish for a win so he’s going to have to inflict far more damage if he’s gonna pull this out. Sampo has closed the distance better than in the prior two rounds, but he eats another head kick. Scoggins backs him up with a side kick to the belly. Sampo counters with a combination and a body shot. Scoggins scores a takedown and is working some ground-and-pound. Sampo fights to his feet and goes for a last-second takedown, which is odd because he needs to be swinging for the fences.

5thRound scores it: Scoggins, 10-9, should run the table, 30-27.

Islam Makhachev Defeats Leo Kuntz via Submission (Rear-NAked Choke) at 2:38 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Makhachev starts thing soff with a couple of left and pushes Kuntz against the fence. on his back. Makhachev tosses Kuntz to the canvas and jumps on his back and sinks in both hooks. Kuntz doing a good job of fending off the rear-naked choke attempt while trying to sneak out the backdoor. Makhachev lets him free. Makhachev scores with a left hand and sharp elbow. Kuntz counters with a few low kicks. Makhachev secures another takedown, but lands in side controle this time.Makhachev ends the stanza with a few hammer fists to the dome.

5thRound scores it: Makhachev, 10-9.

2ndRound: Kuntz walks right into a pair of hooks from Makhachev. Kuntz is trying to get off by stepping into the pocket, but it’s not working out for him. Makhachev sends Kuntz to his knees with a strike and immediately takes his back. Makhachev gets a body triangle and is softening him up with punches. Makhachev locks in a rear-naked choke. Game over.

(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff*

Colby Covington Defeats Mike Pyle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

1stRound: They immediately clinch and look for takedowns. Covington lands a knee to the groin and time is called. Pyle is in some pain. Game on. Covington cliches him against the cage. Pyle goes for a kimura to escape but can’t secure the lock. Covington finally completes a takedown with 90 seconds to go. Pyle busy off his back to avoid damage.

5thRound scores it: Covington, 10-9.

2ndRound: Covington shoots across the cage and gets a brief takedown. Pyle fending him off with his back against the cage. Covington tags him with heavy right and lefts and gets a body lock. Pyle trying to fight him off with a kimura. Pyle grabs the cage and gets warned. Covington drags him to the ground and ends up in side control. Pyle tries an armbar from his back. Covington is now in his full guard. Covington nails him with a big elbow. Pyle taking some solid GnP. Covington is smothering him. Covington was pretty active on top, but referee Herb Dean wasn’t impressed and stood them up.

5thRound scores it: Covington, 10-9.

3rdRound: Pyle lands a flying knee to the chin, but might get taken down for his troubles. Covington completes the takedown. Covington very active with his ground attack. Pyle needs a miracle. Certainly not a thriller, but what can you do? Pyle going for a Hail Mary kimura. Covington better be careful. Pyle reverses and gets in full mount, but there’s only a minute to go. Covington gives up his back and slips in a rear-naked choke. Covington looked to be in serious trouble, but he manages to escape and is now on top. He’ll ride this position out until the final horn.

5thRound scores it: Covington, 10-9, and likely won, 30-27.

Rafael Natal Defeats Uriah Hall Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

1stRound: Natal lands a kick to the nuts right off the bat and time is called. That was pretty bad. Game on. Natal landing leg kicks, but Hall is unfazed. Natal wakes him up with a punch to the face. Hall is hunting him down, but not landing anything significant. Hall stuffs a takedown. Natal lands an inside leg kick, then eats a kick to the face. They repeat the same sequence. Natal should know better by now. Hall lands a back kick to the body. Solid body kick by Hall. Hall starting to find his groove. Natal gets a very brief takedown. He has Hall press against the cage. Close one to score.

5thRound scores it: Natal, 10-9.

2ndRound: Natal gets a powerful takedown in the center of the ring. Natal landing punches to the dome. Hall is sliding to the fence. Natal moves to half-guard. Hall gets to his feet but Natal has a body lock. Hall gets loose. Hall should have learned he needs to unleash when he’s standing now. Hall connects with a knee to the midsection. They both look winded. Hall surprisingly goes for a takedown. Hall picks him up and slams to him to the ground for a slight second. Hall slams him to the ground again. Another light round, but maybe Hall got it with his two slams.

5thRound scores it: Hall, 10-9.

3rdRound: Hall looks lighter on his feet. He tags Natal with a knee to the body. Natal answers with a right to the face. You get the sense that Hall could really unload in the standup and put Natal in danger, but he’s not pulling the trigger. Hall kicks him in the face. Natal goes for a takedown to no avail. Natal dives for a takedown, then settles for a right to the face. This will be interesting.

5thRound scores it: Natal, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28.

Dong Hyun Kim Defeats Josh Burkman via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 2:13 in the 3rdRound

1stRound: Burkman is very aggressive to start things off. He has Kim clinched against the fence. Kim reverses and tries to trip him to the ground. Kim is draped all over his back. Burkman now gets a body lock. He should separate and test Kim’s standup because Kim will eventually win this battle. Kim reverses and climbs on his back. Burkman is just carrying him like a backpack for the past minute. Kim tries to slide in a rear-naked choke. Burkman should have separated when I mentioned.

5thRound scores it: Kim, 10-9.

2ndRound: Kim misses on a high kick and falls, Burkman charges him and lands a right hand. They are trading leather now. Burkman going for a single-leg takedown, but Kim easily takes over and takes his back. Kim drags him to the ground and is softening him up with punches to the face. Kim trying to secure a crucifix. Kim is just racking up punches, but nothing devastating. The crowd is booing, but it’s not Kim’s fault. Kim is now working in some sharp elbows.

5thRound scores it: Kim, 10-9.

3rdRound: Burkman comes out firing. He wobbles Kim with and uppercut. Kim eats a knee to the grill. He’s giving Kim the business, but backs off to assess the situation. Kim appears to have recovered. He plants Burkman on his back. So much for the miraculous comeback. Kim’s in side-control and working an arm-triangle choke. It’s a wrap.

John Dodson Defeats Zach Makovski via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

1stRound: Dodson starts things off with a heavy leg kick. He nails Makovski with a short left hand. Makovski comes up short on a takedown attempt. Dodson stuffs another takedown try. Dodson has a clear speed advantage, as he does over most in the flyweight division. Makovski clocks him with a left. And another one. Makovski follows up those punches with a knee to the body. Big leg kick by Dodson. Dodson with an overhand right. Tight one to score.

5thRound scores it: Dodson, 10-9.

2ndRound: Kick to the body by Dodson. Dodson takes an accidental poke to the eye, but refuses to take time off. Makovski connects with a left to the body. Crowd is getting anxious. Makovski is doing a good job of keeping Dodson off-balance because of the threat of the takedown. Makovski gets a brief takedown. Dodson pick him up and slams him to the ground. Dodson lets him back up. Another close one.

5thRound scores it: Dodson, 10-9.

3rdRound: This one could very well be tied at one round apiece. Makovski lands a kick to the body. The audience is not pleased. Three minutes to go and nothing significant from either fighter thus far. Makovski has him clinched against the cage, but Dodson reverses and lands some knees to the body. They separate. Straight left by Makovski. A flashy flurry by either could win this. One minute left. Dodson scores with a right uppercut. He follows up with a left. Makovski kicks him in the body, though Dodson caught the kick and trips him to the mat for a moment. That might be considered a takedown and could have cost Makovski the round. Knee by Dodson.

5thRound scores it: Dodson, 10-9, and likely won a close one, 30-27.

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Joseph Benavidez Defeats John Moraga via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

1stRound: Moraga goes out fast. He lands a head kick. Benavidez drops him with a right and pounces. Benavidez takes side-control. Moraga eats an elbow to the side of the head. Benavidez working for a guillotine choke. Moraga doing his best to prevent Benavidez from moving to full-mount. Moraga escapes and goes for a guillotine choke of his own, which looks to be a mistake because Benavidez ends up on top. They are standing again, with Benavidez clinching him against the cage. Moraga reverses and is kneeing his thighs. After a crazy scramble, Benavidez ends up on top.

5thRound scores it: Benavidez, 10-9.

2ndRound: Benavidez lands a nice flurry of strikes. Moraga answers with a powerful leg kick that almost sent Benavidez to the ground. Another leg kick by Moraga. They are trading leather. Thunderous body kick by Moraga. Moraga has blood running down his forehead – might have been a headbutt. Benavidez is clinching him against the cage and eats a knee. He scores a takedown. Benavidez moves to side-control and is grinding his elbow into the cut.

5thRound scores it: Benavidez, 10-9.

3rdRound: They are trading big shots in the pocket. They are both laying the lumber. Wild flurry, but nothing crazy landed for either fighter. Blood still flowing down Moraga’s face. Benavidez gets a takedown and lands in side-control. Halfway through the final frame. Moraga works him back to his full-guard. Benavidez will likely ride this out until the end.

5thRound scores it: Benavidez, 10-9, and should cruise, 30-27.

Andrei Arlovski Defeats Travis Browne via TKO (Punches) 4:41 in the 1stRound

1stRound: Inside leg kick by Arlovski. Arlovski catches him with a big right hand. Browne is dazed and confused and Arlovski goes in for the kill. After a flurry against the cage, they stand in the center of the cage. Browne appears to have recovered. Browne lands a left. Arlovski stuns him again with a left. Arlovski is throwing thunder. He nails Browne with a vicious right. Browne is eating leather. Arlovski drops him with a violent right. Browne gets to his feet and is taking big punishment. Browne now drops Arlovski and pounces. Browne is still out on his feet. Arlovski gets to his feet and continues to punish Browne. A few more bombs against the cage for Arlovski and the referee has seen enough. That was wild. One of the most thrilling rounds I can remember seeing in quite some time.

Donald Cerrone Defeats John Makdessi via TKO (Kick) at 4:44 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Solid leg kick by Cerrone. And another. He rocks Makdessi with a head kick. Cerrone looks sharp. Makdessi has to find a way to close the distance. Body punches by Makdessi that don’t faze Cerrone in the least. Three unanswered punches to the dome by Cerrone. Cerrone connects with another lethal leg kick. They trade right hands at the buzzer.

5thRound scores it: Cerrone, 10-9.

2ndRound: Cerrone really working leg kicks now. Makdessi’s left thigh is turning purple. Cerrone lands a knee to the face and countless punches to the chin. That was an impressive barrage. Makdessi has blood trickling down his nose. Another big leg kick by Cerrone. Makdessi counters with a left hook. Cerrone clocks him with a standing elbow. Cerrone clobbers him with a head to the grill and Makdessi calls for time, which means he can’t continue. It looks like Makdessi suffered a broken jaw. Ouch.

Chris Weidman Defeats Vitor Belfort via TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 in the 1stRound (Weidman retains UFC middleweight title)

1stRound: Herb Dean is the third man inside the cage. Weidman takes the center of the ring and has Belfort circling the outside of the cage. Weidman dives for an ankle, but comes up short. After a wild scramble, Belfort flurries on Weidman with some vicious punches to the face and body. Belfort must have landed more than 15 unanswered punches to the face in the clinch. Weidman appears to be safe. He easily plants Belfort on his back and is laying the lumber. Weidman moves to full-mount and is giving him the business. Belfort gives up his back for a moment then rolls back over. Weidman is serving up a beatdown. Dean has seen enough.

Daniel Cormier Defeats Anthony Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:39 in the 3rdRound (Cormier captures vacant UFC light heavyweight title)

1stRound: “Big” John McCarthy is the third man inside the octagon. Johnson is a massive tank. Johnson floors him with a right haymaker. Cormier appears to have recovered. Johnson a little overzealous coming in and Cormier takes his back. He slams him to the ground for a brief moment. Cormier continues to grind Johnson against the cage looking for a takedown. Johnson is just carrying his weight trying to fend off the takedown. Johnson gets loose and just misses on a head kick. Johnson is throwing thunder. Johnson keep switching between regular and southpaw stance. Cormier gets a body lock and has him press against the cage. They separate and throw bombs as the buzzer sounds.

5thRound scores it: Johnson, 10-9.

2ndRound: Johnson tags him with a right hand. He unloads two more powerful kicks. Cormier catches a kick and uses it to try a single-leg. He picks Johnson up, walks him to the center of the cage and slams him to the ground. Cormier moves to half-guard and drops an elbow. Cormier goes for a kimura. Cormier very patient as he goes for this submission. Johnson looks like he’s starting to gas. Cormier working the body punches. Johnson still throwing punches from the bottom. Cormier feeding him some more sharp elbows. Johnson is bleeding around his left eye. Johnson having trouble getting to his corner.

5thRound scores it: Cormier, 10-9.

3rdRound: Johnson throws heavy fists to start the middle round then drops for a takedown. Cormier gets back up rather easily and is clinching Johnson against the fence. Cormier going for a single-leg, but eats two big rights for his troubles. Johnson goes to the ground and Cormier takes his back. Johnson’s corner telling him not to give up. That’s not a good sign. Cormier going for a rear-naked choke. Johnson cries uncle.

* – Bout canceled after Ansaroff became ill

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