MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson II added to UFC 206, UFC’s Josh Samman passes away at 28

480 Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson II added to UFC 206 in Toronto Daniel Cormier announced Wednesday on “UFC Tonight” on FS1 that he will be defending his light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson in a rematch from UFC 187. Cormier (17-1) submitted Johnson in May 201 at UFC 187 and subsequently claimed the 205-pound belt that was vacated by former champ Jon Jones. Following that win, Cormier defeated Alexander Gustafsson by split decision at UFC 192. Johnson (22-5) heads into this matchup off three-straight knockout victories, including a finish of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 this past August. In addition, a number of new matchups were added to the card including newcomer Poliana Botelho (5-1) facing former title challenger Valerie Letourneau (8-5); Zach Makovsky (19-7) vs. John Moraga (16-5) in a bantamweight affair and three lightweight bouts with John Makdessi (14-5) vs. Lando Vannata (8-1 MMA), Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2) vs. Drew Dober (17-7) and Rustam Khabilov (20-3) vs. Jason Saggo (12-2). UFC 206 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here’s an updated look at the card. Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Anthony Johnson – for light heavyweight title Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau John Moraga vs. Zach Makovsky Lando Vannata vs. John Makdessi Drew Dober vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo   UFC middleweight Josh Samman passes away at age 28 Unfortunate news per his manager, UFC middleweight and TUF 17 alum Josh Samman passed away Wednesday in South Florida after being in a coma late last week. The cause of death for Samman is unknown. Our very own Gabe Killian did a great writeup of Josh here.   joshsamman   Former Bellator champions Emanuel Newton and Brandon Halsey released by Bellator Per Jason Floyd of The MMA Report Emanuel Newton and Brandon Halsey are now free agents as both were cut from Bellator. Newton (26-11-1) has gone 1-4 in his last five fights including a setback against Evgeny Erokhin back in August. Halsey (9-2) has two-straight fights, including s submission setback in June against John Salter at Bellator 156.   TUF 22’s Austin Springer talks Julian Erosa matchup Saturday at Prime Fighting 8

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