Keyboard Kimura: Cormier can't shake the asterisk that comes with his title

Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier

However, Cormier has had entertaining bouts too, such as his victory over Anthony Johnson to claim the vacant light heavyweight strap at UFC 187 and his first successful defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192. Whatever arguments they have to make to favour their desired opinion or desired outcome, they will make that argument, so for me to sit there and pull my hair trying to change this thought process is insane. "It's about me putting an end to this chapter, because once I beat him this time, that'll be it for me and Rumble". As for Johnson, Stevenson thinks that the challenger should try to be more patient and not rush in after landing a power shot on the champion.

UFC president Dana White can't pretend to understand why some fighters are more popular than others based exclusively on intangibles outside of the cage, but it's especially perplexing when examining Cormier. Johnson is coming off three consecutive KO/TKO wins, including a 13-second stoppage of Glover Teixeira a year ago. I think you should still kind of be staying back until you're eligible to fight.

"If people are going to boo they're going to boo". I don't go in there half-assing.

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"Ryan Bader shot from halfway across the Octagon". They got me ready. "Who knows, we've got a month to figure that out".

When asked for a response to Cormier's assessments, Johnson was brief. "If I had to fight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at a barbecue or at a bar, I would fight him at a barbecue or at a bar". The victor of the fight will most likely fight Jones next, and a victory over Jones would catapult either man into the stratosphere of all-time greats. Not taking any credit away from any of the fighters I fought before DC, but I never had to use anything that I had been taught with the jiu-jitsu and that type of stuff. "You know something is going to happen and most of the time, you need to watch very closely, because it can be over so fast and so violent". Basically what that means is that for every $100 you put down, you would win $104 You can get live MMA odds at BetOnline Sportsbook. Of course there is no sure thing and crystal ball to help look into the future and surely know how the fight will go down, but the opportunity to make a few dollars is certainly there.

However, if Cormier can survive the storm (which he showed he can do), then I see no reason why he won't be able to smother Johnson en route to a late finish as the gas tank drain. "I don't look past this fight, I don't even care about the title right now. I want to be that guy who they say, 'he did it'".

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