Daniel Cormier retains UFC light-heavyweight title

The champion defeated Anthony Johnson

Daniel Cormier retains UFC light-heavyweight title

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Daniel Cormier retained his UFC light-heavyweight title with a second round submission win over Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson in Buffalo on Saturday night.

Cormier, who has not defended his title since October 2015, due to a variety of reasons, defeated Johnson for the second time, just under two years after he won the title against the same opponent.

The result was almost identical, with a rear-naked chokehold from Cormier proving to be the winning move on Saturday night, in the second round. In 2015, Cormier won by the same method, but one round later.

After the fight, Johnson confirmed he was to retire. The 33-year-old revealed that even if he won, he had planned to step away from the sport, after the fight.

Cormier retained his title for the second time and is expected to know fight either Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa in his next bout. Jones is still serving a drugs ban, but is expected to fight for the title soon after his return.

In the co-main event, Gergard Mousasi won his fifth fight in a row, amid farcical circumstances against former UFC champion Chris Weidman.

The Dutch fighter struck Weidman twice in the second round with his knee. Referee Dan Miragliotta paused the fight, due to what he assumed was an illegal strike.

Replays showed the knees were legal, after a delay of a few minutes, the fight was stopped on medical advice, handing Mousasi the win.

A rematch is expected to now happen between the duo, with Mousasi offering it immediately after the fight.