Daniel Cormier Discusses Strategy to Defeat Jon Jones
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones may have had one of his finest performances to date at UFC 172, but that hasn’t diminished Daniel Cormier’s drive to fight the light-heavyweight champ.
Following Jones’ impressive, unanimous decision win over Glover Teixeira Saturday night, Cormier had the following to say on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight show.
“I still want to fight him, and partly because I’m a man and want to be the best in the world,” said Cormier, who will battle Dan Henderson on May 24th at UFC 173. “But Jon looked awesome tonight. I apologize to Dan Henderson that I’m asking for a title fight when I’m fighting you first. I’m focused on fighting you, but I want that title shot.”
And what does Cormier believe are the keys to defeating the sport’s consensus, best pound-for-pound fighter?
“I think what I have to do is I’d impose my will on him. I have to press him against the cage and bully him. But I have to tell Jones that I’m a bigger man than him and put some doubt in him. I train harder than him with someone named Cain Velasquez. I have to go and fight into that style. Of course, this is after I beat Dan Henderson. I’m fighting one of the best fighters of all time in Henderson. I’m hoping that after I win that, Jones has one more power ticket in his pocket to say he wants to fight someone new and face me.”
Heading into UFC 173, Cormier has won all 14 of his bouts, and the decorated wrestler is coming off a stoppage win over Patrick Cummins.