ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weathered the early storm to retain his title against the heavy-handed Anthony Johnson at on Saturday night.

The evening turned out to be an important one for a few fighters hoping to get a crack at UFC gold in the near future. Some stars saw setbacks when it came to their championship dreams, while others are sitting in prime position to challenge for a title.

Check out our Champs Tracker to see how last night affected the title picture for the stars of UFC 210.

Jon Jones

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Photo by Joshua Dahl / USA Today Sports

Surprisingly, the man who made out the best at UFC 210 was likely former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who was spotted in Buffalo hanging out with his frenemy Rashad Evans.

While Jones is still serving out his suspension, it's hard to see how he doesn't get a crack at DC when he finally returns to the Octagon. Sure, a contender like Jimi Manuwa has a case to take on Cormier, but considering how the UFC is focusing on money fights these days, the only match-up that makes financial sense at this point is Jones or an unlikely champion vs. champion bout against another UFC title holder.

Barring any future injuries or testing mishaps, don't be surprised if DC gets a second date with Jones for his next bout.

Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman

Photo by Kevin Hoffman / USA Today Sports
Photo by Kevin Hoffman / USA Today Sports

As if UFC 210 wasn't already filled with controversies, the co-main event scrap between and former middleweight champ added another headache to the evening.

While the fight was officially ruled a TKO win for the Dutch veteran, the confusion caused by officials puts into question the ending to what was an exciting, back-and-forth battle between 185 lb. contenders. Unfortunately, this means that both Mousasi and Weidman are in a deeper hole when it comes to their title dreams.

Since current champ Michael Bisping is set to face Georges St-Pierre, and Yoel Romero is waiting in the wings, last night's bout did little to shake up the middleweight title picture. Mousasi, of course, has a case considering he's now 5-0 in his last five fights, but since Saturday's bout was the last on his current contract, the future is up in the air for the former DREAM and champ. Should he stay with the promotion, though, it's highly unlikely that he'll get a crack at the title in his next fight, so another top contender match-up is likely in store.

As for Weidman, the man who slayed Anderson Silva is a rough spot. Technically now 0-3 in his last three outings, The New York native is pretty much in the back of the line when it comes to a middleweight title shot. Expect either a rematch with Mousasi or a tune up fight for Weidman when he next steps into the Octagon.

Will Brooks

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Photo by Jaime Valdez / USA Today Sports

Former lightweight champion Will Brooks had a bad night at UFC 210.

For the second fight in a row, Brooks was finished inside the Octagon by an Oliviera, this time via Charles Oliviera's first round rear-naked choke. Now 1-2 with the UFC, it's hard to see the ex-Bellator champ making a run at 's crown considering just how jam-packed the UFC's lightweight division is with worthy contenders.

If Brooks is serious about fighting his way towards a UFC title, he'll either have to make some big changes to his training or possibly consider a move down to featherweight.


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