UFC Canada announced Wednesday night that Daniel Cormier will defend his Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 206. Cormier also announced the fight himself on UFC Tonight on FS1. Neither the post nor Cormier mentioned whether the fight will be the main event for the card scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It typically would be the main event, but the MMA world has been awaited word of George St. Pierre perhaps returning to headline that event in his native Canada.
Cormier defeated Johnson by submission last year at UFC 187. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 20. Johnson has won three fights since them, including a statement 13 second KO win over fellow top contender Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 in August.
In our latest MMATorch Rankings last month, Rumble was the composite no. 1 contender in the division.
Hiscoe’s Analysis: This could mean that GSP is not going to be on the show, but that’s not a sure thing. If they can’t get GSP for the show, that will be slightly disappointing, but this is still a quality main event and a fight I’m very much looking forward to.