According to Daniel Cormier, he hasn’t lost a step since last defending his strap in October of 2015, defeating Alexander Gustafsson via split decision at UFC 192. But, in all actuality, his last bout was against former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, who stepped up last minute to face “DC” at UFC 200 after Jon Jones failed a drug test (full details here).
According to Cormier, dominating the former pound-for-pound great — in what he called the “easiest” fight of his career — should be enough to prove to the fight world that he’s still got it.
“I have no idea what people are talking about,” Cormier said Thursday’s on media conference call (via MMA Fighting) to promote his upcoming light heavyweight title fight against Anthony Johnson on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.
“I fought Anderson Silva on two days’ notice (at UFC 200) and I beat a guy who people consider the greatest fighter of all time, 30-26 across the board. There was no danger in that fight. That was the easiest fight of my entire career. I don’t know how I lost a step. If anything, I feel like I’m still able to get these takedowns whenever I choose to,” he added.
Sure, Cormier has been on the sidelines for a bit due to an injury, but he is adamant that drama is behind him and ready to show he’s better than ever. Furthermore, in his preview of the fight, Cormier has gone on record saying that if “Rumble” doesn’t score a first-round knockout, he has no chance to dethrone him. And if he doesn’t accomplish it, then it’s going to be a long night for the hard-hitting brawler.
Plus, the fact that “DC” is a much better fighter today than he was in their first encounter back at UFC 187, doesn’t bode well for Johnson.
“I feel like I’m a better fighter today than I was the first time,” Cormier said. “You know the first time we fought, I fought him on three-and-a-half weeks’ notice. I had a three-week training camp. I had a three-week training camp and still outworked him. I know I was a different opponent than his previous guy, but he still had a full training camp. I had three-and-a-half weeks to get prepared for a championship fight and still found a way to outwork him. What’s going to happen now that I’ve been training for him for 12 weeks? It’s going to be worse than the first one,” concluded Daniel.
UFC 210 will also feature a middleweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and former division champion Chris Weidman. To see who else is fighting at the pay-per-view (PPV) event click here.