Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, strongly believes he is the true king of the 205-pound division even though former title holder, Jon Jones, never actually lost the title.
See how "Bones" was ejected from his throne here.
Still, "DC's" head trainer, Javier Mendez, recently stated on "The MMA Hour" that his star pupil doesn't fully get the credit he deserves as champion by some members of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. A win over Alexander Gustafsson this weekend (Sat., Oct. 3, 2015) at UFC 192, however, could change all of that.
"100-percent he does have something to prove. And by doing what I feel he is going to do to Gustafsson, he is going to show everybody why he is the best guy right now and why he should be the champion, with the exception of Jones being out until he comes back. So definitely, he is one of the best in the world and he's proven it. Nobody. If you list the stats, he's never lost a round except when he lost to Jones. Everybody else he beat every single round. He definitely deserves more credit than what he's getting. He's getting some, but he deserves a lot more and I don't think anyone can say he doesn't."
As far as labeling him the most under appreciated champion on UFC's roster, Mendez won't go that far, saying that tag belongs to Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson.
Looking to the tall task ahead, Mendez says facing a fighter like Gustafsson -- who is coming off a devastating knockout loss -- doesn't exactly give his team an advantage, as Mendez thinks Cormier will now be facing a hungrier, stronger fighter inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
"I'm not so sure, he can come back stronger than ever because of what happened. Or he can come back weaker, But I'm expecting a stronger Gustafsson. So I would say it's not to our advantage to get him at this time because we have a stronger guy in front of us, from my view point."
He could be right, as "The Mauler" will do everything in his power to erase this from his memory bank. And winning the 205-pound title can go a long way in helping him do that.
Then again, trying to defeat a man who's looking to win respect as a champion by successfully defending his title for the first time, will be easier said than done.
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