UFC 192: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Kenny Florian And Michael Bisping Weigh-In
By FCF Staff
UFC 192 will feature Daniel Cormier’s first title defense, as the light-heavyweight champ will take on contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event.
It’s a compelling match-up, not only because of what’s on the line, but because of each man’s abilities and make-up. Cormier is former Olympic wrestler, who has developed a dangerous striking game to compliment his grappling skills.
Gustafsson, on the other hand, has drawn widespread praise for his striking pedigree, as well as his wrestling defense.
In the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, commentators Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian were asked to break-down Saturday’s headliner. Here is some of what the veteran fighters had to say (quotes via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“He has to provide constant pressure,” said Bisping, while discussing Cormier’s keys to victory. “He has to close the gap on Gustafsson, push him against fence and take him down. He’s got to land takedowns. He’s got a huge advantage there and has to get his hands on him and use his wrestling. If and when, because he will get it, he has to maintain the top position. He has to take position over submission.”
““We all talk about his reach advantage. But what I’m most impressed with is his footwork,” Florian about Gustafsson. “He has the ability to always be in the proper range for his knees and his nasty uppercut. He has to utilize the reach, keep Cormier on outside, utilize those long-range weapons. He needs to use his footwork to be in the proper range and finally he has to stop the takedown. If he can do these things, he will win the fight. This is not an easy fight for Cormier. Gustafsson’s been around the block and he’s very dangerous.”
Cormier laid claim to the vacant title in May, by submitting Anthony Johnson in the third round. Gustafsson, on the other hand, hasn’t fought since January, when he was stopped by Johnson in round one.
UFC 192 will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.