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UFC 187: Cormier claims title, calls out Jones

Daniel Cormier, who came up short in a bid to capture Jon Jones' title less than five months ago, claimed the vacant UFC 205-pound title on Saturday, submitting Anthony Johnson in the 3rd round.

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Cormier wins title, wants Jones
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After winning the light heavyweight title vacated by Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier said in the post-fight interview: "I have a message for one man: Jon Jones, get your [stuff] together! I'm waiting for you!"

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Rumble submitted via rear-naked choke
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Rumble looked visibly exhausted in the third, the effects of Cormier's ground game clearly taking its toll on the No. 1 contender. It was all Johnson could do to stay in the clinch and, that's when DC slid in behind Rumble for title-winning submission.

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Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Daniel Cormier is the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Anthony Johnson taps to the rear-naked choke in third round.

Cormier submits Johnson, wins title
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What once belonged to Jon Jones is now Daniel Cormier's. The former Strikeforce champ is now the UFC light heavyweight champion after forcing Anthony Johnson to submit midway through the third round.

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Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier tied 19-19 after two. Hard to say who has momentum. As long as it's on feet, AJ.

Cormier takes punishment, gives it back
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Rumble teed off with vicious kicks early in the 2nd, but Cormier absorbed the hits and caught one to pick Johnson up off the ground and take him down. And that's where Cormier stayed. He cut Rumble's forehead with brutal elbows to end the round.

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Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

This is ALOT of time on top for DC. Going to be interesting to see how fresh AJ looks if/when he finally is back on his feet.

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Anthony Johnson wins round one decisively, 10-9. Daniel Cormier survived and will see round two, which may be a small victory in itself.

Rumble throws lead, DC keeps clinch
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Anthony Johnson tagged Daniel Cormier with a big overhand right early in the round, but his over-zealousness to end the fight got the better of him. Cormier shook off the stars quickly and tied up Johnson for the majority of Round 1.

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