Undefeated Daniel Cormier had an easy light heavyweight debut against Patrick Cummins, and he was a massive favorite against Dan Henderson, who prior to his TKO over Mauricio Rua was on a 3 fight losing streak. Henderson, off TRT and weighing in at just 199 lbs on Friday, was in a position where either he would be the one top 10 opponent Cormier needed to beat to get a title shot, or he could play spoiler once again.
Cormier wasted little time in tossing Henderson to the ground like a ragdoll (and right into side control), controlling him for the majority of the 1st round before Hendo got back to his feet on a failed leglock attempt. They briefly traded shots before Henderson tried taking Cormier down to no avail. Round 2 was more of the same, as Henderson couldn't get the H-Bomb to land and he couldn't get Cormier off of him when he did get taken down. Cormier landed his ground-and-pound and looked for a kimura early in the round but couldn't secure it. Henderson was thoroughly outclassed after 10 minutes.
With the crowd not pleased with the ground work, Cormier had the fans ooooohing and aaaahing at the two front kicks he threw and then the violent slam shortly thereafter. A gassed Henderson had little to offer for the Strikeforce HW Grand Prix winner, who kept throwing his shots and ultimately set up a rear-naked choke. Henderson was flattened out and when Yves Lavigne moved in he was out cold. The crowd was just about silent in a mix of despondency and the anti-climactic of what was a lopsided mauling.
Official Result: Daniel Cormier def. Dan Henderson via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:53 of round 3.
Cormier (15-0) is just about assured a title fight against the winner of Jon Jones/Alexander Gustafsson. Henderson (30-12) said in the post-fight interview that if he does continue fighting it'll likely be at middleweight. It should be noted that Hendo entered this fight having weighed 199 lbs on Friday.
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