BREAKING! Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson official

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Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson is official! Wednesday evening, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier announced via UFC Tonight that he would be stepping into the Octagon on April 8th in Buffalo, New York to square off against top ranked light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson.

The fight is expected to headline the event, and will mark the first time the UFC has been in Buffalo, New York in over 20 years, with the last event they hosted there being UFC 7 in 1995.

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Cormier will be riding a 3-fight win streak into the bout, which includes a win over Johnson for the vacant light heavyweight championship back in May of 2015. Most recently, Cormier defeated MMA icon Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva at UFC 200 in July after Jon Jones was pulled from the bout just 48 hours before the event due to a failed drug test which was later deemed to be the result of a tainted supplement.

Similarly, Johnson will be riding a 3-fight win streak into the bout, going 3-0 since dropping the loss to Cormier at UFC 187. Most recently, Johnson picked up a 13 second KO win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 202. While he was slated to fight Cormier at UFC 206 in December, the bout was postponed after Cormier withdrew from the fight with a torn adductor in his groin.

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Ok let's go! Let's get this done. Smart, hard training will make this an easy fight. #andstill

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/25/2017.