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UFC 210 in Tweets: Pros react to Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson, Johnson’s abrupt retirement, more

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An already bizarre night grew even more baffling at UFC 210, as Anthony Johnson announced his abrupt retirement in the aftermath of a second-round loss to reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Johnson’s gameplan seemed to revolve entirely around wrestling the two-time Olympian — a twist few observers could have seen coming — and the bout played out just minutes after the New York State Athletic Commission badly bungled UFC 210’s co-main event between Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman.

Not surprisingly, the pros had plenty to say about the bizarro world that UFC 210 seemingly slipped into. Check out reaction to Saturday night’s main card below.

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DANIEL CORMIER DEF. ANTHONY JOHNSON

Wow. Worst game plan, ever, Rumble. #ufc210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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#AndStill @dc_mma congrats brother what a grind

— noad lahat (@Neo_MMA) April 9, 2017

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Rumble is an unreal talent, but that gameplan was inexcusable. #ufc210

— Sean O’Connell (@realOCsports) April 9, 2017

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True Champion @dc_mma

— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) April 9, 2017

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DC for the win! @UFC @dc_mma

— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) April 9, 2017

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Much respect for Daniel Cormier||—>>
Muito respeito pra Daniel Cormier #UFC210

— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 9, 2017

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He’s retiring???? #ufc210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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I feel like I’m getting punked! Rumble nooooo #UFC210

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 9, 2017

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This is the most emotional fights I have ever sat through. wow

— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) April 9, 2017

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Best retirement speech ever

— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) April 9, 2017

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This is absolutely crazy

— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) April 9, 2017

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Thank you Rumble #ufc210

— James Moontasri (@jmoontasri) April 9, 2017

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I’m suddenly sad… @ufc

— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) April 9, 2017

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@Anthony_Rumble it’s been an absolute pleasure watching you fight!! #UFC210 #KOKing

— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 9, 2017

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#andSTILL Speak the truth! #GETMONEY

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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That’s right, DC, go full heel. #ufc210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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Wow, two retirements tonight. Didn’t see that coming. Congrats on a great career @Anthony_Rumble Johnson pic.twitter.com/wdEPsYSDTy

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 9, 2017

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How do you boo DC? #UFC210

— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) April 9, 2017

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Bravo to DC finally embracing the heel role! #UFC210

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 9, 2017

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Wild

— KailinCurran (@KailinCurran) April 9, 2017

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“Get your academics together then you can come back to class! ” #Yes #UFC210 #DC

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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They sleeping on my name after a lost… Let em sleep! IM STILL COMING​ LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN!! #ufc210 #JustWatch

— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) April 9, 2017

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Congrats DC @dc_mma

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) April 9, 2017

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Well tonight was a weird night #UFC210

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 9, 2017

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#AndStill @dc_mma retains and everything is in place for a @JonnyBones rematch. #DC just went full on heel! #UFC210 pic.twitter.com/PQi6K44U1s

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 9, 2017

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I love @dc_mma. #heel

— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) April 9, 2017

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Thank you Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Few will know the hardships of fighting #ufc210 #retired

— James Moontasri (@jmoontasri) April 9, 2017

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I wonder what Anthony’s new job is and I wonder if his nametag is gonna say “rumble” #UFC210

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) April 9, 2017

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Best of luck in your future career @Anthony_Rumble The LHW will miss your bombs

— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) April 9, 2017

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GEGARD MOUSASI DEF. CHRIS WEIDMAN

THAT 2ND KNEE IS LEGAL!

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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Both hands have to be weight bearing #UFC210 Legal shots

— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) April 9, 2017

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This is terrible officiating . Terrible enforcement. I love Chris but this is a debacle #ufc210

— Sean O’Connell (@realOCsports) April 9, 2017

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Legal knee, stand up and fight #Ufc210

— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 9, 2017

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If it was a legal knee the fight needs to start back immediately! @ufc mousasi vs weidman

— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) April 9, 2017

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Pride rules ftw

— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 9, 2017

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New York commission having a field day here. Apparently weidman had a boob job as well.

— michael (@bisping) April 9, 2017

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New York is by far the worst Athletic Commission. Every card has had terrible calls! #UFC210

— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) April 9, 2017

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Ok so that TKO call was a DISASTER. @ChrisWeidmanUFC was winning! #ufc210

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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Weidman played that like a dude that wanted out. #shameless #ufc210 @ufc

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) April 9, 2017

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2 Legal knees….play the game act like a man…get up face the music!!! Its a fight! #ufc210

— Danny Roberts #HC (@DanHotChocolate) April 9, 2017

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Respect Gegard he doesn’t want to celebrate that win #UFC210

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) April 9, 2017

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Referee mistake… no contest… #UFC210 #weidmanmousasi

— Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) April 9, 2017

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Damn I feel bad for @ChrisWeidmanUFC the commission clearly had NO IDEA what they were doing that should not have been stopped

— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) April 9, 2017

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Gegard didn’t want to win like that; he even told his corner to chill on the celebrating. #ufc210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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What TF is going on?! That should be a no contest at worse. #UFC210

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 9, 2017

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Note to self: Maybe don’t fight in NY. Like ever. #UFC210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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That said, @mousasi_mma is the man #UFC210

— Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) April 9, 2017

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Don’t play possum

— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) April 9, 2017

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I think Weidman handled that like a champ. Wild night. Respect. #UFC210

— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) April 9, 2017

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NO ONE knows if Gegard wudve gotten the finish. Ppl saying that shit are just dumb IMHO. I’ve watched 100’s of comebacks.
Chris was winning

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 9, 2017

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So if there’s no replays allowed how did they know the knees were illegal? UFC feels closer to WWE in NYC. #UFC210

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 9, 2017

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New York gonna New York

— Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) April 9, 2017

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CYNTHIA CALVILLO DEF. PEARL GONZALEZ

This is a high level fight. @cyn_calvillo putting on a great show.

— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) April 9, 2017

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Calvillo had great transitions on the ground. Another great finish by her. #UFC210

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 9, 2017

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Awesome fight @cyn_calvillo https://t.co/VP7jiysoPi

— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) April 9, 2017

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Nice! Congrats Cynthia Calvillo. @TeamAlphaMale

— Rick Glenn (@Gladiatorglenn) April 9, 2017

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That just seemed… inevitable. #ufc210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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I’m super imbreast with the bjj in this @ufc fight! #boobpuns

— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) April 9, 2017

Helluva fight @PearlGonzalez you showed a lotta heart and grit

— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) April 9, 2017

@cyn_calvillo #JIUJITSU #NUFFSAID

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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THIAGO ALVES DEF. PATRICK COTE

Thiago Alves is smooth as silk. Great win! #UFC210

— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) April 9, 2017

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Congratulations to a man I really look up to @thiagoalvesatt. Way to score one for… https://t.co/RxS45O5k4Y

— Cole Miller (@colemillerATT) April 9, 2017

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Wow!! Cote is retiring man what a legend and he fought The Who’s who in mma!! #ufc210 #legend #toughasnails

— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 9, 2017

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I never knew that dropping your gloves down in the middle of the octagon meant you’re retiring #ufc210

— Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) April 9, 2017

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No thank you, @patrick_cote ! #TeamCanada always. #UFC210

— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 9, 2017

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Best of luck in the future @patrick_cote !!! Many blessings #UFC https://t.co/IxrWXpaM0r

— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) April 9, 2017

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Dang the undertaker last week and now the predator this week two of the best #UFC210

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) April 9, 2017

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Respect to Patrick Cote for 15yrs of dedicated mma fights. Great finish to a good fight. Didn’t catch the win, but much respect to you!

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) April 9, 2017

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Always been a @patrick_cote fan. Guy fight a murderers row of killers throughout his career. #UFC210

— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) April 9, 2017

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Great career @patrick_cote

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 9, 2017

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Congratulations to @patrick_cote on an amazing @ufc career!! Much continued success outside of the octagon!

— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) April 9, 2017

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Thanks for everything @patrick_cote oss.

— THALES LEITES (@thalesleites) April 9, 2017

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CHARLES OLIVEIRA DEF. WILL BROOKS

Did not expect that…#ufc210

— Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) April 9, 2017

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I actually feel really bad for @ILLxWillBrooks. He showed real heart he just got caught in a bad spot. He’ll be back

— Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 9, 2017

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Would love a go with Charles oliveira

— Marc Diakiese (@Marc_Diakiese) April 9, 2017

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Oliviera looks better at Lightweight. Nice win! #UFC210

— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) April 9, 2017

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When the @ufc underdog sinks it in, @seanshelby watching @CharlesDoBronxs as he goes ahead and takes it… pic.twitter.com/v9tgJpNFCa

— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) April 9, 2017

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Wow.

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 9, 2017

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Wow I didn’t see that happening #UFC210 #bjj

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) April 9, 2017

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Boaaa #UFC210noCombate #UFC210

— Erick Silva (@ErickSilvaMMA) April 9, 2017

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[email protected] is a talent. He just needs to adjust to the #UFC. He will one day be in the top ranks. Tough opponents for his first fights

— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) April 9, 2017

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