Daniel Cormier knows he has excellent wrestling.
And the current UFC light heavyweight champion has shown a knack for the knockout, as well.
Saturday night, Cormier makes his first title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 and “DC” plans to do whatever he wants in the contest.
Despite a reach advantage for the contender, Cormier isn’t concerned.
“It’s an advantage if I allow it to be,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “He’ll have two things to do in the fight: he’ll have to run a lot so I can’t get close to him and he’ll wear down. Or he’ll have to fight me on inside and that’ll wear him down as well. Distance will be key if I allow it to be, which I never do.”
Should it remain a stand-up affair, the former Olympic wrestler still believes he will get the better of the Swede.
“I still beat Gustafsson if I have to stand,” he said. “I have more power than him and I’m faster than him. I’ll fight him where I want him to fight him. I’m not afraid to have a stand-up fight with Gustafsson.”