UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is set to defend his belt against top contender Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 on December 10 in Toronto. The fight will take place at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

This will be the second time Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson have fought. Cormier defeated Johnson at UFC 187 by submission in the third round to claim the light heavyweight belt after former champ Jon Jones had it stripped due to legal trouble. Johnson rocked Cormier early in the fight, but Cormier recovered and used his superior wrestling to set up a rear-naked choke in the third round.

Cormier is 18-1 in his professional MMA career. He has fought twice since defeating Johnson. He won a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192, he also scored a unanimous decision victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 200. Silva stepped in and took the fight after Jon Jones was flagged by USADA during the pre-fight drug testing.

Johnson has been on a tear since losing to Cormier. He has won his last three fights in just over seven minutes total. Most recently, he knocked out Glover Teixeira in 13 seconds at UFC 202.

Cormier announced the fight on Fox last night after “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“The city of Toronto is still buzzing after the Blue Jays’ walk-off home run last night. The only thing more exciting than that is that I am defending the undisputed UFC light heavyweight belt in the Six on December 10 at UFC 206, only on pay-per-view. Down will go Rumble… again.” said Cormier.

There were rumors that Georges St-Pierre would possibly headline the UFC’s return to Toronto. However, it looks like the face of Canadian MMA will be left off the card. GSP has stated multiple times that he wants to fight again, but contract disputes haven’t let that happen.

Sam Danes is a staff writer covering the UFC for The Sports Blaze. Contact him via email at sammyd26@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @SamDanes26

 

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Sam Danes is a recent graduate of Austin Peay State University. He received a B.A. in Communications, focusing on broadcasting and journalism. While in school, he has worked production for Austin Peay basketball and football games, and has interned for tnsports360.com as a sportswriter. Sam was born in Kansas, and is a huge Royals and Jayhawks fan. Baseball has always been his favorite sport; he played until arm injuries ended his collegiate career. He also loves basketball and MMA.

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