Daniel Cormier has received a second shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight title much, much sooner than expected, and “DC” has outlined how he hopes to finally secure the belt.
As you likely know by now, since the internet is being lit up by the news, the UFC has decided to strip Jon Jones of the light-heavyweight title. As a result, Cormier will battle Anthony Johnson on May 23rd for the vacant title. The headline grabbing move comes shortly after Jones arrest on felony hit-and-run charges in Albuquerque this past weekend.
Cormier, of course, faced his rival Jones in January, and lost the bout via unanimous decision. While Johnson may not be sitting at the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, like Jones was until yesterday, he’s been on a ridiculously impressive run. “Rumble” has won nine straight fights and has defeated highly regarded fighters like Alexander Gustafsson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Andrei Arlovski along the way.
Well, Cormier was asked to weigh-in on Johnson in the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, and while he credited the fighter for his recent run, he also argued this (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“Johnson is a tremendous fighter. At the end of the day, Anthony Rumble Johnson is who he is. At the core, he’s the guy who was submitted by Josh Koscheck and tapped out when Vitor Belfort got a choke in. I have to go out and find that.”
The defeats Cormier mentioned took place back in 2009 and 2012 respectively, when Johnson was competing at 170 and then 185. So, one could argue that finding ‘that’ Anthony Johnson is a little harder these days, considering what he’s been doing at 205. Guess we’ll see soon enough.
Although a lot of folks were excited to see Jones-Johnson, Cormier-Johnson also has the potential to be pretty fantastic. UFC 187 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.