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'Get your s*** together, Jon Jones. I'm waiting for you' - Cormier claims vacant UFC belt

A second round submission of Anthony Johnson earned Cormier the light heavyweight title at the MGM Grand last night.

UFC 187 Mixed Martial Arts Cormier submitted Johnson in the third round. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Updated at 22.00

DANIEL CORMIER HAS got his hands on the UFC light heavyweight belt at last after defeating Anthony Johnson in Las Vegas last night.

The former Olympic wrestler (16-1 MMA) submitted ‘Rumble’ (19-5 MMA) with a rear-naked choke in the main event at UFC 187 to claim the vacant title, which was up for grabs due to the indefinite suspension of Jon Jones.

Jones was handed the ban after being involved in a hit-and-run incident last month. He overcame Cormier by unanimous decision back in January and the new champion is eager for a rematch whenever his rival makes a return to the Octagon.

“Jon Jones, get your s*** together,” Cormier said after his win. “I’m waiting for you.”

UFC 187 Mixed Martial Arts Source: AP/Press Association Images

In the meantime, 36-year-old Cormier explained that he would be more than happy to take on Ryan Bader after a heated exchange during the post-fight press conference.

Source: MMAFightingonSBN/YouTube

UFC 187 results

Main card 

  • Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission in third round (rear-naked choke)  
  • Chris Weidman def. Vitor Belfort via TKO in first round (punches)
  • Donald Cerrone def. John Makdessi via TKO in second round (retirement)
  • Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Browne via TKO in first round (punches)
  • Joseph Benavidez def. John Moraga via unanimous decision


  •  John Dodson def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision
  • Dong Hyun Kim def. Josh Burkman via submission in third round (arm-triangle choke)
  • Rafael Natal def. Uriah Hall via split decision
  • Colby Covington def. Mike Pyle via unanimous decision 


  • Islam Makhachev def. Leo Kuntz via submission in second round (rear-naked choke) 
  • Justin Scoggins def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision

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