The long-awaited rematch between lightweight champion Daniel Cormier and No. 1 contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is scheduled to take place as the five-round main event on the UFC 210 mixed martial arts card on Saturday, April 8 at KeyBankCenter, it was announced Wednesday night.
Cormier, the former Oklahoma State collegiate wrestling star, and Johnson were to have fought in Toronto on Dec. 9, but the champion withdrew two weeks before because of an abdominal injury. It was to be a rematch of the May 2015 title fight when Cormier won the vacant title by submitting Johnson in the third round at UFC 187.
A Louisiana native, the 38-year-old Cormier has an 18-1 record in his mixed martial arts career, 6-1 in UFC. His lone loss was to Jon Jones by unanimous decision in a five-round match for the UFC light heavyweight championship in January of 2015 in Las Vegas. After the title was vacant he defeated Johnson May, 23, 2015 with a rear naked choke hold.
A rematch with Jones was expected to take place last April, but Cormier pulled out citing a foot injury. The rematch was scheduled for July but was called off due to a potential doping violation from Jones.
Johnson (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFA), who was a junior college wrestling champion, is regarded as one of the hardest punchers in mixed martial arts. He has 13 career knockout victories. His most recent match was last Aug. 20 against Glover Teixeira. It ended with a first round TKO by Johnson.
Previously, only one other match on the UFC 210 card was announced, a match between former middleweight champion Chris Weisman (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
The April 8 card at KeyBank will be the fourth in New York State since the ban on mixed martial arts was lifted.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 17.