It has finally been announced that Daniel Cormier will put his title on the line for the first time against Alexander Gustafsson for the main event at UFC 192! This light heavyweight title fight will be the center of an action-packed night at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX as UFC returns to the city for the first time since October 2013. Let’s take a look at the two fighters!
From: Lafayette, Louisiana
It took Daniel Cormier two tries, but he rightfully claimed the light heavyweight title after defeating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 via rear naked choke in the third round. Over the years, Cormier has proven his incredible athletic ability. This two-time Olympic wrestler and six-time U.S. Open national champion has certainly worked his way up the ladder and scored big victories over Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Cormier’s strength lies in his wrestling as he is continuously effective at stuffing opponents down and spinning behind them. He’s exceptionally strong and powerful for a light heavyweight and has very heavy hands with big time knockout power. However, Cormier’s biggest disadvantages are his height and limited kicking ability. Plus, we saw him take what appeared to be a conservative approach against Jon Jones earlier this year; between that approach and Jones’ impeccable talent, Cormier was ultimately led to his only defeat.
Strengths: Aggressiveness, Standup
Alexander Gustafsson will be a tough match for Cormier, especially when you consider his impressive performance in a title fight against Jon Jones in 2013. Even though he lost in the fifth round via unanimous decision, Gustafsson challenged Jones with his aggressive style and put on quite the show. However, Gustafsson will be coming out of a recent slump after losing to Anthony Johnson via KO during the first round back in January.
Although Cormier was pushing for a fight against Bader, Gustafsson will still be a good match for him and the fight should be thrilling nonetheless. Gustafsson’s strengths lie in his boxing and footwork as we’ve seen in several of his dominant victories. He is a solid striker when he’s accurate and makes good use of his jab. However, wrestling could very well be his kryptonite, so going up against an elite wrestler like Cormier will prove to be quite the challenge.
Outside of a loss to Jon Jones, Cormier has outperformed all other fighters and is currently the best fighter in the division. He’s coming off a big win against Anthony Johnson to claim the title while Gustafsson is coming off a brutal KO loss to Johnson. Although Gustafsson has the height and reach advantage, Cormier is the favorite heading into 192, mostly due to his world-class wrestling. However, I’m not selling Gustafsson short by any means and would not be surprised if an upset does indeed occur. But for now, I’m sticking with Cormier.
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With Cormier and Gustafsson as the main event and Bader and Evans as the co-main event, we know it’s going to be one heck of a night. See you in Houston!