May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Daniel Cormeir (red) slams Dan Henderson (blue) to the mat during their UFC 173 light heavyweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Cormeir won his bout by way of submission. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier: It Means Something to Beat Jon Jones


May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Daniel Cormeir (red) celebrates after winning by submission against his opponent Dan Henderson (blue) after their UFC 173 welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier took one step further in cementing his future bout with current UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. DC improved to 15-0 and mauled his fellow Olympian, Dan Henderson inside the cage for 3 rounds before choking him unconscious with the rear naked choke. The former heavyweight proved to be too much for a much smaller Dan Henderson, Cormier’s top game completely neutralized Hendo—not allowing him to mount any offense in the fight.

The 2008 Olympian, Cormier’s most impressive moments in the bout was his first takedown in which he used double underhooks to trip and throw Henderson onto his back. And followed that up by picking up Henderson by his legs and slamming him in the 3rd—similar to his takedown against Josh Barnett. Those two take downs on Henderson had the MMA world buzzing about what Cormier could potentially do the champion, Jon Jones.

Cormier got on the mic after the victory and called out the champ. “Jon Jones. You can’t run away from me forever. I’m the kid in your wrestling tournament that’s always in your bracket,” Cormier said. “If I decide to take Jon Jones down 100 times, I’m taking him down 100 times.”

“This is my octagon. I’m the man.”

When asked at the press conference, Daniel Cormier definitely believes he is deserving of the next light heavyweight title shot.

“At a point you look at your resume, and I’ve earned it. I’ve earned a title shot,” Cormier said before listing his impressive resume that includes remaining undefeated with wins in two different weight classes.

Cormier broke down how he matches up with the current UFC light heavyweight champion, at the post-fight press conference, mentioning his wrestling being superior than Jon Jones as one of the main aspects.

“Styles make fights, I was going to fight Rashad Evans in February and I’ve said on record I think Rashad Evans is a tougher fight for me [than Jones] because of his ability to wrestle,” Cormier said. “I match up well with him, we haven’t really seen him on his back for an extended period of time. If I get on top of him I can hold him and get some offense off.”

While Jon Jones has an upcoming rematch against Alexander Gustafsson, Cormier is next in line—according to Dana White, but in terms of preference, Cormer would want Jones to beat Gustafsson, so he can be the one to beat him. Cormier sees defeating the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world as something special, comparing it to Dillashaw defeating Barao and Weidman defeating Anderson.

“I wanna be the champion, that’s really why I started fighting. It means something to beat Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “It means a little bit more to beat a Jon Jones, it’s like T.J. [Dillashaw] tonight beating Renan Barao, or look at what Chris Weidman beating Anderson Silva did. If anybodyelse was the champion I don’t think it would have the impact that it did, so yeah I would prefer for Jones to still be the champion.”

 

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