Daniel Cormier will come face-to-face with Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night in Texas, as this will be the headline event at UFC 192 for the Light Heavyweight Championship.
Cormier won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title after defeating Anthony Johnson in round three of UFC 187, and now his opponent is ‘The Mauler’.
Going into this fight, the reigning champion has shown great admiration towards the Swedish fighter, claiming his opponent has put in some brilliant displays in the past, but at the ‘Go Big Launch Event’ the experienced fighter made it clear that the 6ft 5 inch competitor will suffer a defeat.
Also featuring in Houston will be former Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who will take on Ryan Bader, and former Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks who will battle Tyron Woodley.
The American previously did wrestling before his UFC days, winning two golds for USA in the Pan American Championships and Games, and currently sits 16-1 as an Ultimate Fighter.
Yet, in the vacant title fight, the 36-year-old seemed to be the underdog against the more powerful and dangerous Anthony Johnson, and this was shown within the first round when Johnson got a couple of clean shots on the grappler taking him to the floor.
However, things didn’t go to plan for Johnson with Cormier winning the fight in the third round through submission and claiming the vacant title. It was a dogged performance by the Louisiana born fighter, but it paid off with the fellow American taking sharp blows to the face in the process.
Johnson got this fight after the 31-year-old comfortably beat now number one contender Gustafsson in January, within the first round through TKO, and made it the Swede’s third defeat in 19 fights.
Gustafsson started off boxing before getting into UFC, and is known for his powerful hits and quickness on his feet, shown in the fight against Jim Manuwa, which claimed performance of the night at UFC Fight Night 37, and may be an advantage against Cormier.
The 28-year-old failed to take make his opportunity last in his title eliminator against Johnson, as the Swede failed to claim any sort of stature over the American in his home country, and sooner than he thought found himself on the ground in an unwinnable position.
This title fight will be an interesting encounter in the Octagon, and there is plenty to look forward to as again you have two completely different fighters going against each other. Cormier; a wrestler and comfortable on the ground, and Gustafsson; a boxer who can show quickness in attack and has a reasonable height advantage.