UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier had this to say about his win over Dan Henderson and possibly fighting Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title at the UFC 173 post fight presser.
“I’ve earned a title shot,. I’ve got five top 10 wins. I’m undefeated. I haven’t lost a round. I haven’t lost a fight…Yeah, my resume speaks for itself.”
Why he wants to face Jon Jones for the belt more than Alexander Gustafsson: “It means something to beat Jon Jones. I know we praise Alexander Gustafsson for what he’s done. He’s a great fighter. But it means a little more to beat a Jon Jones.”
Daniel Cormier (15-0) has six knockouts, four submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. In his last five fights he has beaten the top names that MMA has to offer. He beat Josh Barnett via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Barnett vs. Cormier on May / 19 / 2012 and Dion Staring via TKO at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He made his UFC return against Frank Mir and won the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He then beat Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and in his last fight prior to UFC 173, he knocked out Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014.
If he can fight Jones, how he matches up with Jon Jones: “Against Jones, that’s a tough hill to climb, man. There’s just no (easy way to) beating Jon Jones. I’d have to have my best performance. Knowing I was fighting for the title shot, I’d train as though I didn’t (just) have my best performance (against Henderson). I just think styles make fights, and I match up well with him. We haven’t really seen him on his back for an extended period of time, but if I get on top of him, I think I can hold him down and get some offense off on him.”
If he has to wait to fight Jon Jones, will he take another fight or wait for the winner of Jones – Gustafsson?
“If they come up with something good, I’ll fight. I’m not afraid of anybody. I can beat every one of these guys, so I’ll fight them all. … I want to be the champion. That’s really why I started fighting. I’m 35 years old, and it’s not like I was a kid. I can’t wait too long.”
Jones and Gustafsson on Aug. 30 in Las Vegas at a pay per view event scheduled for the MGM Grand Garden Arena.