Jon Jones has self destructed forcing the UFC to strip him of his title and suspend him, so UFC 187 tonight will be headlined by the next two best light heavyweight MMA fighters in the world, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. This fight will be for the vacant light heavyweight UFC title and will begin the new 205 lbs UFC era. Let’s take a closer look at the fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 187.
Daniel Cormier was undefeated until his recent decision loss to Jon Jones. At 15-1, many consider him one of the best pound for pound fighters in MMA. His wrestling ability is top notch and he uses it well to set up his striking game. Cormier has overwhelmed most of his opponents with relentless pressure. He has a similar style to his training partner and heavyweight UFC champion Cain Velasquez. Velasquez has been helping Cormier prepare for this fight, something he wasn’t able to do prior to the Jones fight.
Anthony Johnson was a welterweight fighter in the UFC but had trouble making weight and had lackluster performances. In 2012 after stepping up to middleweight and suffering a loss to Vitor Belfort he was released by the UFC.
Since then, he’s moved up to a more natural weight class, the 205 lbs division and has absolutely dominated. Since the move to lightweight, he’s 9-0 with 6 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO. In his last fight he KO’ed Alexander Gustafsson, the fighter that some thought beat Jon Jones. Before that fight, he KO’ed Antonio Rogerio Noguira and previous to that dominated a very tough Phil Davis in a decision victory.
This fight is an extremely close match up. Both fighters have excellent wrestling and athletic ability. Both of these fighters can grind out wins and have they possess finishing power.
The difference in these fighter is that Anthony Johnson has a slightly better stand up game with a lot more power and pop in his striking. Look for Johnson to avoid takedown attempt from Cormier and land hard CHINGASOS! Johnson will build some momentum in a grueling fight that will eventually have him crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion!
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Who do you think will win?