Giardina explained that fighters are allowed an extra two hours to make weight for championship fights only, which is an NYSAC rule that apparently was allowed to supersede UFC regulations. Cormier isn't the biggest fan of Jones and prior to the fight made some interesting remarks regarding Jones.
Cormier rained down punches onto Johnson who was defenseless.
Two years after their first meeting at UFC 187 in an nearly exact repeat where Cormier won by rear-naked choke, he survived the early striking power of Johnson and forced a submission at 3:37 of Round 2.
Daniel Cormier explained that as he gets older, the cut to light heavyweight has gotten more hard.
"Anthony's rights were violated", said Johnson's manager Ali Abdelaziz to ESPN.com.
"That was absolutely nuts", Jones said.
The arbitration panel found that while Jones was not a drug cheat and the fighter himself claims he ingested the banned substances when taking Cialis, a male enhancement supplement. He has found consistent success in the cage as well, entering UFC 210 with a 12-1 record in the cage over the last five years. His previous bout was a second-round KO of fourth-ranked contender Jimi Manuwa, and all three finishes earned him a Performance of the Night bonus from the UFC. It's not MMA-related. It's just time to move on.
But this wasn't the only surprising thing to happen at the main event.
"He better not come in my cage after I win", Cormier said. "I'm exhausted of getting punched by guys and rolling on the ground with guys".
Cormier chalked the near-miss up to a discrepancy between scales, telling FOX Sports 1, "I weighed in upstairs and I was like, 'Man, I'm OK -I'm going to do this.' We figured we had it done, (and) the scale was weighing different".
"I can't wait to get back to Buffalo", he said. I gave my commitment to something I've wanted to do for a while. It kind of depends on what they do with Jones.
Earlier in the main card Cynthia Cavillo submitted Pearl Gonzalez, Thiago Alves won a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote who also retired, and Charles Oliveira impressed with yet another submission win, this time over Will Brooks. "We'll talk when he comes off suspension".