Light heavyweight division needs a boost at UFC 210

Reigning light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier warned former kingpin Jon Jones not to get anywhere near the octagon on Saturday night should Cormier successfully defend his 205-pound crown against Anthony Johnson.

Johnson (-130 on the UFC 210 betting lines) is a superior striker and athlete to Cormier, but he will need to be more patient and calculated and stay off the mat this time around if he hopes to claim the strap.

Since the 2015 third-round submission loss to Cormier in a non-title fight, Johnson has knocked out Jimi Manuwa (second round), Ryan Bader (first round) and Glover Teixeira (first round), outlanding his foes in strikes by a combined 40-9.

With the division's biggest star on the sideline and a thin crop of top-tier competitors, the Ultimate Fighting Championship needs to go the rematch route in order to sell its light heavyweight championship as a pay-per-view headline attraction.

The only three transcendent talents now competing in mixed martial arts at the light heavyweight division will spend Saturday night within a few feet of each other.

However, due to a NY state athletic commission championship clause, he came back just 2:24 later, again stripped naked behind a towel, and hit 205 pounds. Then Jones ran into his latest patch of trouble, and left Cormier to fight Anderson Silva in a non-title bout on two day's notice.

Campbell on why Johnson will win: It's hard to ignore how little there is for Cormier to gain with a victory on Saturday, which can breed a risky form of contentment.

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I think Cormier is way too smart to just stand in front of the most unsafe puncher in the sport. I love Rumble Johnson.

Johnson's wrong. Jones' impending comeback might be the most relevant part of his fight this weekend. There is a distinction between championship and non-championship fights, and this is a championship fight.

The UFC is making silly fights, I get pushed around.

Fight Network, the world's premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a thrilling live mixed martial arts doubleheader this Friday, April 7, beginning with KSW 38: Live in Studio from Warsaw, Poland at 3 p.m. ET followed by TKO 38: Ascension from Montreal, Canada at 6 p.m. ET.

Johnson has the kind of power that gives you nightmares, and is one of only a handful of fighters on the roster competing outside of the heavyweight division who have the ability to finish a fight with a single shot at any point in time.

Chris Weidman reacts during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City. "Then Straight into doing what I believe I can do", said UFC middleweight Chris Weidman.

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