Recently Daniel Cormier relayed that he’s most concerned about dealing with Anthony Johnson during the first round or so of their rematch, and evidently, “Rumble’s” okay with that…
The light-heavyweight champ recently said he has to be careful during the first “seven minutes” of his second scrap with Johnson. According to Cormier, he noticed that Johnson didn’t have the same “explosive power” in the second round, when they battled back in 2015. “DC” won that fight by locking in a rear-naked-choke in round three.
Well, during a media call to promote their April 8th rematch, Johnson had this to say about Cormier’s contention (quote via MMA Junkie):
“(The) majority of the community believes I’m just a first-round fighter because most of my fights end in the first round,” Johnson said. “They’re entitled to their own opinion, and that’s fine with me. I have nothing to prove to anybody except myself, so if (Cormier) wants to believe that and everyone else wants to believe that, that’s completely fine with me.”
There’s no denying that Johnson has wrecked plenty of opponents in the opening round. In fact, since he lost to Cormier, “Rumble” has taken out Ryan Bader and most recently Glover Teixeira in the first frame. The latter lasted just 13 seconds. Jimi Manuwa made it into the second round, but Johnson proceeded to finish him at the 28 second mark.
So, based off Cormier’s comments, you really have to wonder if he’s going to stand with Johnson as he’s maintained. After all, making Johnson work along the fence or off his back, is going to really help sap the heavy handed fighter of his power. If Johnson lands anything telling in the opening round, a takedown attempt from the champ could very well follow.
UFC 210 will take place in Buffalo, New York.