UFC 192 was an event that didn't lack intensity and left us with as many questions as it did answers. Highly-skilled fighters from all walks of life took center stage in the Octagon to showcase their capabilities and annihilate their opponents. Sure, we were disappointed that the Hendricks-Woodley fight didn't happen, but the headlining fight left us exhausted just watching those two light heavyweights pummel each other. Who found success and who was shown the door? Find out in our recap below!
DC’s Still The Champ
If you haven’t heard by now, defending light heavyweight champion Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier won in a close call against his light heavyweight opponent, Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson. Cormier gave high praise to Gustafsson, saying “that guy beat me up tonight and made me go to a level I didn’t think I could go to…. I appreciate him for it.” Gustafsson fully earned that commendation after going five rounds with Cormier and landing 120 significant strikes against the reigning light heavyweight champ. Surprisingly, each fighter only had one takedown, keeping the fight primarily above-ground where Gustafsson stood 6 inches taller than Cormier. Despite his height disadvantage, Cormier kept up with Gustafsson upright and somehow managed to land 89 more total strikes than Gustafsson.
Judges considered this a close fight – two put Cormier ahead 48-47 and 49-46, while one judge had Gustafsson in the lead 48-47. Both fighters were extremely battered, and it showed on Cormier’s face during the post-fight press conference. Cormier mentioned that he suspected his foot was broken, and Gustafsson wasn’t even able to attend the press conference because he was receiving medical attention.
‘Darth’ Bader Used the Force
Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader may have just earned himself a shot at the light heavyweight title after his unanimous-decision over Rashad ‘Suga’ Evans on Saturday. Evans hadn’t competed in a UFC fight in nearly two years, but it was clear that Bader maintained a tight grip through all three rounds. He landed more than double the number of total and significant strikes as Evans and completed one takedown to Evans’ zero.
Bader now has five consecutive wins under his belt and is ranked No. 3 in the Official UFC rankings. No. 1 and No. 2 remain Anthony Johnson and Alex Gustafsson, respectively, but both recently exhausted their chances to steal the belt from Cormier. Will Bader get the next crack at defeating Cormier for the light heavyweight title?
Enter Sage Northcutt
UFC 192 was Sage ‘Super’ Northcutt’s much-anticipated UFC debut in a lightweight bout versus opponent Francisco ‘Sitkayan’ Trevino, and Northcutt did not disappoint! His unconventional style and footwork proved deadly to Trevino in the first round as Northcutt knocked him out in under a minute. So maybe it wasn’t a long fight, but it certainly gives us – and Northcutt’s hometown fans in Houston – a lot to look forward to in the future!
So who does Cormier fight next? Should it be Jon Jones or Ryan Bader, who clearly defeated Rashad Evans in a unanimous-decision win at UFC 192 and has worked hard to earn a shot at the light heavyweight title? Some might even question whether Cormier’s belt is legitimate or not once Jones re-enters the UFC scene – will Cormier need to prove himself against Jones to quiet those naysayers?
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