Daniel Cormier wants to wrestle Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins
Apr 08 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Cormier (18-1) finds himself in a almost identical situation for Saturday's championship rematch at UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, sitting as a -105 underdog (bet $105 to win $100) according to oddsmakers.
Cormier has had it hard as a UFC champ - mostly because he gained his title shot after long-time champion Jon Jones was axed from the UFC and forfeited his title, which was not long after Jones had actually beaten Cormier.
For Filipino fans, someone to cheer for at UFC 210 is flyweight compatriot Jenel "The Demolition Man" Lausa (7-2), who is making his second appearance in the famed UFC Octagon against Russian Magomed "Chaborz" Bibulatov (13-0).
The UFC light heavyweight champion, Cormier, meets with Johnson on Saturday night in Buffalo.
A battle of UFC veterans and former title challengers, this matchup between Patrick Cote and Thiago Alves will likely play out on the feet. "I don't understand", Cormier said.
The two top fighters have contrasting styles.
However, unless he can definitively put Cormier away, the champion is just going to keep pressing forward looking to stifle "Rumble's" offensive threat and drag him to the mat, where he was a major advantage. He's a big guy who just doesn't seem to have the stamina to go far into a fight.
We caught up with the No. 1 light heavyweight fighter before his fight to discuss how he bounced back from his loss to Cormier, and his preparation and mindset for the upcoming fight.
New York State Athletic Commission executive director Tony Giardina said that despite UFC's rule of only two hours to make weight, the commission would have extended Cormier the extra two hours because it was a championship fight.
A pivotal bout in the ultra-competitive middleweight division, this fight between fourth-ranked Chris Weidman and fifth-ranked Gegard Mousasi carries all the expectations of a championship-caliber matchup.
"I intend to stir things up but I don't know what's going to happen". With his recent successes training, Johnson heads into fight weekend cool and collected. Eastern Time at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
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"I heard about it". I think he said something like if I came into the Octagon it won't be pretty or something like that.
If anyone disagrees with Mousasi's sentiment, it is Weidman himself. Fighters usually have officials hold a UFC-branded towel in front of them so they can step on the scale in the nude, eliminating however much underwear weighs. Cormier's first defense, a unanimous decision over Alexander Gustafsson, saw another drop-off of more than 100,000 viewers.