Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel “DC” Cormier (16-1) will face off with Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) in the main event of UFC 192 for DC’s 205 pound strap. Both men have faced and were defeated by former champion Jon “Bones” Jones, however Cormier believes that it’s just himself and Jones and that everyone else in the 205 pound division are leaps and bounds behind.
“I think it’s me and Jon Jones and then everybody else,” Cormier told FOX Sports’ Damon Martin. “If he’s not around, then it’s me. People can like it or they can hate it, but it’s the truth, or as I say, the truth as I know it.”
“Between him and I and the rest of the division, there’s a divide,” Cormier said about he and Jones. “I think I can show that during the time that he’s gone and while I’m holding onto the belt. I need to beat these guys and I need to beat these guys impressively.
“A lot of people put pressure on themselves to win. I put a different kind of pressure on myself. I put more pressure on myself to win, but win as thoroughly as I can in all situations. I don’t do that out of disrespect for my opponents – I do that because that’s what I expect out of myself.”
In Cormier’s last fight he dismantled a visibly fatigued Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and defeated him via rear naked choke in the 3rd round of their UFC 187 affair. The fight granted Cormier the UFC strap where he will defend against a man whose last bout was beaten to a pulp against Rumble Johnson in the first round at UFC on Fox 14. Alexander can thank his lucky stars and more importantly UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for his most recent opportunity.
A man who makes the most of opportunity is UFC Interim Featherweight Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. When the spotlight is brightest, he attempts to outshine it, and now everybody wants a piece of Conor and UFC President Dana White realizes why guys want that kind of action right now.
“It’s no different than in any other sport. Floyd Mayweather would be the big money fight in boxing or an Oscar De La Hoya, or whatever. There’s no doubt that Conor McGregor’s that guy right now,” White told FOX Sports Live on Wednesday night.
“So I don’t blame all the guys for chasing him around and wanting to fight him.”