Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier
Round 1: They touch gloves. Barnett moves forward with his jab. They clinch briefly and separate. Cormier lands a right hand. Cormier clinches and lands a knee. They exchange right hands. Cormier lands a combination. Cormier throwing Barnett around a bit in the clinch. Barnett lands a knee to the body. Barnett lands a right hand and Cormier counters with a right hook. They exchange knees to the body. Barnett lands an elbow over the top. Cormier moves in with his jab. Barnett lands a leg kick. Cormier goes to the body and then head. He’s beating Barnett in the exchanges. Cormier delivers an outside leg kick. Barnett clinches and lands knees to the body. Cormier lands a solid one-two combination. Barnett catches a kick and lands a right hand and a knee. They’re tied up along the fence. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 2: They meet in the center of the cage. Barnett lands a leg kick. Cormier lands a combination. Cormier is the faster fighter. They exchange right hands. It’s a boxing match so far this round. Barnett lands an outside leg kick. They clinch. Cormier lands a right uppercut from the clinch. Cormier lands a body shot. Cormier secures a single leg takedown. Barnett closes his guard. Cormier landing some ground and pound. Barnett works a high guard. Cormier lands a solid elbow. Barnett looks for a leg lock. Barnett is bloodied. Barnett looks for an arm bar but Cormier gets free and maintains top position. Cormier lands a huge right hand in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the round. Barnett moves forward. Cormier lands a counter right hand. Barnett works for a takedown. Cormier defends it. Barnett lands a knee to the body. Cormier circles away. Barnett lands an inside leg kick. Cormier delivers a body shot. Cormier gets a high-crotch takedown, elevating Barnett and slamming him to the canvas. Cormier lands in side control. Barnett spins and gets up. Barnett misses with a head kick. Cormier lands a right hand. The pace slows. Cormier lands a right head kick. He goes in for the finish. He lands knees on the fence. Barnett fires back with an uppercut. Cormier takes Barnett’s back standing. He’s unable to take Barnett down. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 4: They touch gloves and Barnett moves forward with a leg kick. Barnett lands a knee to the head and clinches. He delivers another knee to the body. Cormier frees himself. Cormier lands a left hook. Barnett moves in with a right hand. Cormier throws a high kick that’s blocked and a right high kick. Barnett jumps in with a knee to the body. Barnett misses with a spinning back fist. Cormier fakes a takedown and lands a right hand. Cormier looks for a takedown. Barnett rolls for a knee bar. He has a leg secured. He looks for a heel hook. Cormier escapes and ends up in top. Barnett lands short elbows from the bottom. Barnett controls his wrists. The referee stands them up. Barnett lands a left and a knee. He presses Cormier against the fence and lands a knee to the body. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 5: They shake hands before the round. Barnett needs a finish. He moves forward. Cormier notifies the referee that there’s water on the mat and they stop the fight and clean it up and restart the action. Barnett closes the distance and presses Cormier against the cage. They separate. Barnett lands an left hand. Barnett’s face shows the damage delivered by Cormier. Cormier seems content moving on the outside. He moves in and lands a combination. Barnett misses with a spinning back fist and Cormier drops down and takes him down. Barnett gets up and Cormier presses him against the cage. Barnett unable to get off the cage. He separates with ten seconds to go. he runs from Barnett and raises his hands in victory. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
The judges scored Cormier the unanimous winner. The scorecards read: 49-46, 50-45, 50-45.