During Thursday's UFC 210 conference call, Daniel Cormier was up to his usual nonsense, trying to belittle Anthony "Rumble" Johnson for his lack of overall skill in the octagon, stating that Rumble only has "one way to beat him" and that's by knockout. Now don't get me wrong, DC is far and away a better wrestler than Rumble - or anyone in the division who isn't Jon Jones for that matter - and there is no one who is going to try and say that a sane Rumble would ever take the fight to the ground, but we all know that DC wants NOTHING to do with Rumble's hands.
Anthony Rumble Johnson has hands down the most devastating knockout power in all of combat sports since Mike Tyson, finishing 16 of his 22 career wins via knockout, and his last three fights in absolutely BRTUAL fashion, even knocking Glover Teixeira's tooth right out of his mouth just 13 seconds into their fight last August. And make no mistake about it, DC knows this, and while DC loves to talk all this talk and act like he has no problem standing and trading with Rumble, we all know that will only last until he gets reminded just how powerful a right hand from Rumble is.
There is no doubt in my mind that DC will attempt to take this fight to the ground, whether he waits until the second round to prove a point that he "can" stand with Rumble is something I wouldn't be surprised of, but his game plan is to take it to the ground. We know - barring any other setbacks to Jon Jones' comeback, the winner of this fight will face Jones in July - so I think all the fans want to see something electric and exciting, because this division has been at a stand still since DC defeated Alexander Gustafson in 2015 by the narrowest of Split Decisions.
I have no problem admitting I am biased to this all, because I do not like Daniel Cormier in any way, shape or form, and I am quite the Rumble fan, but I do respect Cormier's ability to win fights, just not the way he does it, or how he loves to talk about it. For someone who thinks he's the greatest fighter on the planet, he has only defended his belt once, and while I know that is largely due to the fact that Jon Jones was pulled from their rematch , I don't see how DC beats Jones in the eventual rematch (if we ever get it).
Please don't try and out-hump Rumble for all 5 rounds Daniel... please..