With Jon Jones out of the picture for now, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Daniel Cormier will vie for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship tonight in Las Vegas in the UFC 187 main event. In the co-headliner, Middleweight champ Chris Weidman will defend his title against resurgent veteran Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. There’s a number of other exciting bouts on this card and this is one you don’t want to miss. But if you do miss it, we got you covered right here at PMN with live results and round-by-round updates of UFC 187.
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UFC 187 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Card (Pay-Per-View 10 p.m. ET)
- Light Heavyweight Title Fight:Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:39
- Middleweight Title Fight: Chris Weidman def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:53
- Lightweight: Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi via TKO (head kick) – Round 2, 4:44
- Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Browne via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:41
- Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. John Moraga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET)
- Flyweight: John Dodson def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Josh Burkman via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:13
- Middleweight: Rafael Natal def. Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Colby Covington def. Mike Pyle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas (116) vs. Nina Ansaroff (120)Doctor would not let Ansaroff fight due to flu
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 7:00 p.m. ET)
- Lightweight: Islam Makhachev def. Leo Kuntz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:38
- Flyweight: Justin Scoggins def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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UFC 187 ROUND-BY-ROUND UPDATES:
JUSTIN SCOGGINS VS. JOSH SAMPO
Round 1 – Sampo in blue shorts. Scoggins in red. Scoggins with an arsenal of kicks. Jab and front kick from Scoggins. His speed and footwork and karate style seems confusing to Sampo, although he gets off a couple strikes in the clinch. Side kick from Scoggins to the chest after blocking a three or four strike combo from Sampo. Scoggins with a jab and nice body kick. His distance game is allowing him to control the standup completely. Body kick from Scoggins. Body kick from Sampo. Step-in knee from Scoggins lands solid to the mid-section of Sampo before the bell. 10-9 Scoggins.
Round 2 – Front leg side kick from Scoggins. Big body kick from Scoggins, then a front leg hook kick and a spinning back kick from Scoggins. Looking like a beast with these strikes. Body kick from Sampo. High hook kick from Scoggins. Right hand from Sampo, then clinches up but can’t hold on. Front kick to the face from Scoggins snaps Sampo’s head back, then a kick to the body. Sampo trying to stalk but can’t find his target. He goes for a single and finally gets a takedown on Scoggins but he gets right back up. Big body kick from Sampo. Jab from Scoggins and they trade body kicks. Another big body kick from Sampo, then a right hand. Scoggins slowing down a bit. Inside leg kick from Sampo trips Scoggins. Scoggins defends a takedown attempt. Nice Superman punch from Sampo at the bell. 10-9 Scoggins (fairly close round)
Round 3 – Right hand from Sampo as he attempts to clinch. Jab from Scoggins. Front leg hook kick from Scoggins. Spinning back kick from Scoggins. Brief clinch. Right from Sampo inside. Front leg side kick from Scoggins, then a high kick. Uppercut from Scoggins. Nice body kick, but Sampo catches it and dumps Scoggins on his back, inside full guard. Scoggins trying to hold on. Nice elbow from Sampo. Ref wants action. Sampo scoots him to the cage but Scoggins is able to get up. One minute to go. Front kick from Scoggins. Body kick. An elbow from Sampo opens up Scoggins. Scoggins scores a takedown before the bell. 10-9 Scoggins.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Justin Scoggins def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. LEO KUNTZ
Round 1 – Overhand left from Makhachev counters a low kick. Overhand left and a right from Makhachev. He presses Kuntz to the cage but can’t keep him there. Right hook counter from Makhachev lands solid. Low kick from the Russian. He clinches up and gives Kuntz a Sambo throw to the ground and immediately takes his back. Kuntz survives and eventually gets to his feet but ends up on his back again and Makhachev ends the round on top as Kuntz gets to his knees. 10-9 Makhachev.
Round 2 – Left hand an uppercuts in the clinch from Makhachev. Short right counter hook from the Russian. Right counter shot from Makhachev, scores a takedown and takes Kuntz’s back with both hooks in. Body triangle locked on. Kuntz gets to his knees but this allows Makhachev to lock on the choke and Kuntz taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Islam Makhachev def. Leo Kuntz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:38
MIKE PYLE VS. COLBY COVINGTON
Round 1 – Covington with an overhand punch into a takedown attempt pressing Pyle to the cage. Pyle takes an accidental knee below the belt and time is called. Back at it. High kick from Colby blocked. Throwing a lot of overhand lefts. Pyle catches him with a right hook coming in for the clinch, pressing Pyle to the cage. Overhand left from Covington scores and he drives Pyle back to the cage. Pyle drops and rolls for a kimura but Colby escapes to his feet quickly. Colby picks him up for the takedown and is inside full guard. Elbow from Covington. Colby postures up as Pyle throws up his legs looking for anything. Colby back inside full guard and ends the round on top. 10-9 Covington.
Round 2 – Covington scores another takedown and works the ground and pound from inside guard, landing the occasional elbow or punch until the ref stands them up. Straight left from Colby, overhand left. 10-9 Covington.
Round 3 – Low kick from Pyle. Flying knee from Pyle. Covington goes for the takedown. Pyle threatens with a guillotine but Colby ends up on top inside full guard after the scramble. Body shot and elbows from Covington. Covington mauling Pyle at the moment, staying very busy. Pyle looks for a kimura and uses it to flip Colby over and take full mount. Covington gives up his back with a minute to go. Pyle makes a valiant effort and gets under the chin with a choke but Colby gets free and ends the round on top inside full guard. 10-9 Pyle.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Colby Covington def. Mike Pyle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
URIAH HALL VS. RAFAEL NATAL
Round 1 – Hall takes a kick to the groin as soon as the fight starts. Ref warns Hall not to retaliate. Kick was right up the middle. Hall pressing. Natal with a leg kick. Hall catches the next one and counters with a solid right. Jumping spinning back kick from Hall grazes Natal. Inside leg kick from Natal. Hall avoids a few overhand rights. Hall with a solid front kick. Inside leg kick from Natal. Body kick from Hall. Right from Natal. Inside leg kick. Jab from Hall. Natal shoots, stuffed. Spinning heel kick from Hall just misses. Inside leg kick from Natal. Head kick counter from Hall scores, again. Hall sees most of Natal’s strikes coming, especially the punches. Jumping spinning back kick from Hall. Lead right hook from Natal. He shoots in and dumps Hall but he literally bounces back on his feet. Natal presses him to the cage at the bell. 10-9 Hall.
Round 2 – Hall comes out threatening with kicks. Nice jab from Hall snaps Natal’s head back. He does it again. Nice leg kick from Natal. Body jab from Hall. Takedown from Natal perfectly timed. Natal inside full guard. He moves to half guard as Hall gets to his feet. Natal presses him to the cage with knees to the thighs. High kick from Hall. Natal shoots, stuffed. Ref wants action as pace slows. Hall shoots, presses Natal to the cage. Drops levels and picks Natal up for a big slam but Natal pops right back up. Hall drags him right back down, and once more before the bell. 10-9 Hall.
Round 3 – Inside leg kick from Hall. Spin kick to the body grazes Natal. Inside leg kick. Step in knee from Hall. Right hook from Natal. Hall just misses a hook kick as Natal shoots, stuffed. Leg kick from Hall. Couple jabs from Hall. Hall light on his feet and avoiding almost all of Natal’s strikes right now. Natal lands an overhand right after throwing three in a row. Natal shoots for a single as Hall throws a leg kick. He backs Hall to the cage, still holding the single. Ref breaks it up. Natal shoots, stuffed. Left from Natal. Hall throws a couple kicks before the bell but he coasts in. They both look exhausted. 10-9 Hall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rafael Natal def. Uriah Hall via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Terrible decision in my opinion.
DONG HYUN KIM VS. JOSH BURKMAN
Round 1 – Kim coming forward. Burkman pushes Kim to the cage. Kim looks for a trip, turns Burkman to the cage. Body lock from Kim as he tries to drag Burkman down. Burkman defends and ends up with his own body lock pressing Kim to the cage. Knee to the body from Kim, he spins to Burkman’s back and hops on while standing, the cage helping to hold Burkman up. Kim softening him up with punches, still hanging on Burkman’s back and looking for the choke with a minute to go. Kim now stands on his feet but still has control of Burkman with the body lock. 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Burkman. Kim slips on a high kick and Burkman pounces, landing a couple punches. Right counter from Burkman, shoots in for the double. Kim gets the advantage and takes control of the clinch from Burkman’s back, Burkman goes down and Kim ties up his arm with his legs and is landing punches — Burkman on one knee, now two knees. Kim in full control. Still landing punches and elbows to the side of the head. Burkman doing all he can to cover up and survive. He gets to his feet right before the bell. 10-9 Kim.
Round 3 – Body kick from Burkman, he attacks with punches then Kim ducks into a knee from Burkman that wobbles him. Burkman with a flying knee and more punches but he lets Kim off the hook and Kim scores a takedown. Kim in side mount. Knee to belly from Kim. Back to side mount, locks on an arm triangle. He steps over to the other side and Burkman taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dong Hyun Kim def. Josh Burkman via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:13
BJ Penn announced as the newest inductee for the 2015 UFC Hall of Fame.
JOHN DODSON VS. ZACH MAKOVSKY
Round 1 – Low kick from Dodson. Zach looks to shoot in, stuffed. Left hand from Dodson. Clinch, knee from Makovsky. Makovsky shoots, stuffed again. Again. Nice right jab from Makovsky snaps Dodson’s head back. Nice left and a knee to the body from Makovsky. Low kick from Dodson. Firas Zahabi in Makovsky’s corner. Left over the top from Dodson after stuffing another takedown attempt. Knee from Dodson after a failed takedown. 10-9 Makovsky.
Round 2 – Left from Makovsky. Dodson lands a body kick. Low kick from Dodson, Makovsky shoots for the single, stuffed. Left from Makovsky. Inside leg kick. Left hand over the top from Dodson. Inside leg kick from Makovsky. Zach shoots, stuffed, knee to the body from Dodson. Dodson whiffs on a big overhand left. Head kick from Makovsky scores and knocks Dodson off balance briefly. Makovsky with a takedown but Dodson is right back up and picks Makovsky up for a big slam. Makovsky goes for a leg. Dodson escapes and helps Makovsky back to his feet. 10-9 Makovsky.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Hug. Right from Dodson. Body kick from Makovsky. Dodson stuffs a couple takedown attempts. Dodson being too cautious this fight. Seems like he’s thinking too much. Paralysis by analysis. Boos from the crowd. Left from Makovsky. Right hook. Short left hook from Dodson, knee to body and a straight left. One minute to go. Body kick from Makovsky. Dodson catches it and dumps him. Dodson stuffs a takedown. Again. Makovsky shoots one more time before the bell. Stuffed. Crowd boos. 10-9 Makovsky.
OFFICIAL RESULT: John Dodson def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
I definitely didn’t see it like the judges did.
JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. JOHN MORAGA
Round 1 – They take the center and start swinging. Moraga lands a low kick. Benavidez comes back and hurts Moraga with punches and he goes down. Benavidez on top in half guard, arm wrapped around the neck of Moraga. Moraga explodes to his feet but Benavidez immediately takes him back down. Moraga with a suplex and he nearly takes Benavidez’s back during a scramble back to the feet. Big slam from Benavidez, ends up on top in half guard. Moraga gets full guard. 10-9 Benavidez. Replay shows Moraga landing a head kick during the round too.
Round 2 – Body kick from Benavidez. Inside leg kick from Moraga and Joe goes down briefly. Right back up with punches to the body and a leg kick. Low kick from Moraga. Body kick from Moraga. And another. They clinch up, and an accidental headbutt opens up Moraga’s head pretty bad and he’s bleeding profusely. Benavidez with the takedown as Moraga looks for a guillotine. Benavidez pulls out and is on top in half guard. Moves to side mount. Short elbows from Joe. Grinding his face trying to open that cut even wider. Body shots from Joe. Couple more elbows. 10-9 Benavidez.
Round 3 – Low kick from Benavidez. Moraga puts on the pressure with heaters. Joe fires back and they both connect with incredibly hard shots. Moraga bleeding from the cut on his head again, dripping over his left eye. Body kick and a takedown from Benavidez, lands in side mount. Moraga recovers with full guard. Two minutes to go. Joe staying busy with punches and elbows as Moraga mostly tries to tie him up. Under a minute to go now. Hammerfists from Benavidez. One more elbow. Benavidez 10-9.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joseph Benavidez def. John Moraga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
TRAVIS BROWNE VS. ANDREI ARLOVSKI
Round 1 – Low kick from Arlovski. Low kick again. Body punch from Browne. Arlovski catches him with a punch that stuns Browne. Arlovski follows up with punches as Browne backs to the cage and covers up. He looked hurt. Body jab from Browne. Left hook from Browne. Arlovski hurts him with punches to the head, then the body. Browne backs up and tries to shake it off. Arlovski being patient. Low kick from Browne. Brief clinch. Arlovski backs him up with a punch combo. Browne ducks a overhand right, then gets dropped with a right hook right behind it. Arlovski all over him. Browne drops Arlovski. He’s back up and all over Travis now. Overhand right from Arlovski and Browne is barely able to stand up. Arlovski stays on him with punches and the ref steps in to save him. Holy shit. That was the greatest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. Fucking beautiful and I’m happy my pick for Browne was wrong. And we can put that Arlovski has no chin rumor to bed once and for all. Amazing. … We also find out after the fight that Arlovski almost pulled out with a pulled calf muscle earlier this week.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Browne via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:41
DONALD CERRONE VS. JOHN MAKDESSI
Round 1 – Low kick from Cowboy. Again. Low kick again. Makdessi with a body shot. Head kick from Cowboy rocks Makdessi, then a low kick. He wobbled. Body jab from Makdessi. Head kick from Cowboy, not much on that one. Leg kick from Cowboy. Makdessi counters. Body jab again from Makdessi. Low kick from Cowboy. Body kick from Makdessi. Body jab, another. Right hook from Cowboy. Body jab from Makdessi. Another. Body head combo from Makdessi. They trade jabs. Cowboy gets off with a punch combo. Jab to the eye from Cowboy, low kick follows. They trade more shots before the bell. 10-9 Cowboy.
Round 2 – Low kick then high kick from Makdessi. Cowboy fires back with punches and a low kick. Makdessi just ducks a head kick. Low inside kick from Makdessi. Body jab. Knee and big punch combo and kick from Cowboy. Makdessi’s face opened up now. Jab from Cowboy. Side kick from Makdessi. Low kick from Cowboy. Low kick again. Body jab from Makdessi. Uppercut and a right from Cowboy. Low kick. Low kick again. Makdessi counters with a left hook that gets Cowboy’s attention. Jab from Makdessi, lead left hook. Cowboy with punches, elbows and a knee. Low kick from Cowboy. Cowboy hits him with a low kick, then a head kick that breaks Makdessi’s jaw and he literally calls time-out and smartly stops the fight. Never seen a fighter call time out and stop the fight like that. That’s a helluva hard kick to make a man like Makdessi do that.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi via TKO (head kick) – Round 2, 4:44
185 TITLE MATCH: CHRIS WEIDMAN (C) VS. VITOR BELFORT
Round 1 – Vitor’s body definitely is not as ripped as it was when he was on TRT. Makes sense. Kevin Iole just tweeted that he didn’t know if what Weidman said about Vitor’s T-levels during the weigh-ins were true or not. Has not been confirmed. Touch gloves. Weidman pressing, high kick blocked. Vitor circling the outside. Weidman with a right. He shoots, stuffed. Knee from Vitor, Weidman grabs the leg. Vitor ends up backing Weidman to the fence and unloads with a HUGE flurry of punches. Weidman is in trouble. Weidman fires back with a left hook. Weidman with an important takedown gets mount and unloads punches. Vitor gives up his back and Weidman, bleeding from his forehead unloads punches. Back to full mount and Weidman punches him over and over, then unloads several elbows and referee Herb Dean saves the Brazilian veteran. Great fight and Weidman dug deep.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chris Weidman def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:53
205 TITLE (VACANT) MATCH: ANTHONY JOHNSON VS. DANIEL CORMIER
Round 1 – This is an interesting styles match up but it should be known I picked Johnson. I was also going to pick him over Jones. Leg kick from Johnson. He takes an eye poke but is okay. No timeout needed. Overhand right from Johnson flattens Cormier. But he somehow gets up and grabs Johnson around the waist from behind. He gets him down and rides his back as Johnson gets to a knee. Cormier locks him up again, drops for the single against the cage. Johnson punches Cormier while he’s holding his leg up, then Cormier dumps him. Presses on him against the cage on the ground. Johnson gets to his feet but Cormier has his neck. Johnson gets free, lands a head kick, misses the next one. Cormier with an overhand right. Johnson stuffs a takedown. He knows what he has to do. Johnson switching stances. Cormier blocks a kick. Switches back stances. Cormier clinches up with underhooks, presses Johnson to the cage. They trade punches before the bell, both landing. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2 – Low kick from Rumble, lands a right hand. They trade kicks. Rumble lands a high kick, a body kick. Cormier shoots for the single, picks Rumble up high, carries him a few steps for the slam. Cormier now on top in half guard. Cormier drops an elbow, looking for a kimura. Lets it go and lands punches. Cormier goes for the kimura again. 2:30 to go in the round. Cormier goes for the kimura one more time but is unable to crank it. Rumble trying to hang on tight. Rumble not able to get out from under Cormier so far. Cormier drops some elbows and punches and Rumble is cut open and trying to survive. A bloodied Rumble Johnson is slow to get up. 10-8 Cormier.
Round 3 – Johnson’s corner telling him to not throw any more kicks. Johnson already throwing them. Johnson drops down for a takedown and takes Cormier down. Cormier right back up and goes for the single. Couple rights from Rumble cause Cormier to let the leg go and clinch up. Cormier goes for Rumble’s back, Rumble defends it once, but he does it again and Cormier is wearing him down, riding his back. Cormier locks up the rear naked choke and Rumble taps out. DAFUQ. Congratulations to Daniel Cormier, the new light heavyweight champion of the world. Man Cormier took some big shots in this fight and kept on coming.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:39
“Jon Jones, get your shit together! I’m waiting for you!” screams Cormier after the fight. Johnson tells the fans, “Never give up” after ummm giving up to a rear-naked choke. On a real note, he never gave up and made it back to the UFC and just fought for the title. I still think he could be champion if he can tone up that ground game a bit. Alright, I’m out. Go watch the post-fight presser on our homepage or Live Streams page.