With Chael Sonnen focused on training for his UFC 159 showdown with Jon Jones and therefor unable to fulfill his duties as host on "UFC Tonight," Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier has stepped in as an analyst for the weekly news program on FUEL TV.
Cormier, alongside co-host Kenny Florian, provides insight and an expert opinion to the FUEL TV audience regarding anything and everything in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
With UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" going down tomorrow night (April 27, 2013) in Newark, N.J., Cruz and Florian were required to give his official predictions for the three leading bouts on the card during the most recent edition of "UFC Tonight."
"DC" and "Ken-Flo" discussed the light heavyweight championship main event between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, as well as the middleweight co-main event pitting Michael Bisping against Alan Belcher and a main card heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo.
Watch the video above or read a transcription of Cormier and Florian's predictions below:
Cormier: "Chael's speeches are great. But Jon Jones is the man and is going to win this fight. But Chael, go out there, take him down and set the game plan and the way to beat Jon Jones for the rest of us!"
Florian: "The reality is Jon Jones has an amazing arsenal of weapons and he's going to have that advantage against anyone at 205 pounds. But we can't forget that Chael Sonnen is a tremendous wrestler. We haven't seen Jones really fight off of his back too much and Chael is a guy who will back you up and pressure you. And that's exactly what he needs to do against Jones. This fight is very interesting."
Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher:
Cormier: "Alan Belcher does have the ability to knock him out. Bisping doesn't have the ability to knock out Alan Belcher. Going with Belcher."
Florian: "I really think that Alan Belcher has the ability to knock out Michael Bisping, but, I don't think he's going to get it done. I think the experience is going to get [Bisping] the win here."
Cormier: "I'm going to go ahead and pick Roy Nelson. Big, strong, durable guy with the ability to take a fight to the ground and he has great grappling. That's what's going to win the fight for Roy."
Florian: "I agree I think Roy Nelson's going to get the win here."
Remember, too, MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC 159 main card action on fight night (Sat., April 27, 2013), which is slated to begin promptly at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest fight-by-fight updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.
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