05/23 23:40 CDT Cormier submits Johnson in 3rd, wins vacant title at UFC 187
Cormier submits Johnson in 3rd, wins vacant title at UFC 187
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) --- 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