CORMIER & SWEDE MAKE FOR INTERESTING FIGHTLos Angeles, CA- Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) will get his second crack at UFC gold when he faces light heavyweight (205 lb.) champion Daniel Cormier (16-1) in the main event of UFC 192. Gustafsson has been out of action since January and an embarrassing TKO 1 (2:15) loss to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (20-5) in front of Gus’ home crowd back in Sweden.
PICKING THE SWEDE TO TAKE TITLE
Styles make fights, however, and the solid takedown defense of Gustafsson, which kept him upright for much of his fight versus Jon Jones (21-1) will work for him here. Cormier has solid striking, but it is not as diverse as Jones. Gustafsson has the best boxing and arguably the best overall striking in the division. Can’t count D.C. out as the former Strikforce Grand Prix heavyweight champion throttled “Rumble” back in May at UFC 187 en route to a third round submission victory.
NICE WELTERWEIGHT TILT IN CO-MAIN
Former UFC welter (170) champ Johny Hendricks (17-3) squares off with the talented Tyron Woodley (15-3) in the co-main event of the evening. I favor Hendricks by a nose. Woodley will be a tough fight and the winner will likely be next in line for a title shot.
ANOTHER FORMER CHAMP RETURNS
Former UFC light heavyweight (205 lb.) titleholder Rashad Evans (19-3-1) returns to combat for the first time since November 2013. Across the cage from him will be perennial contender Ryan Bader (19-4) who just cannot seem to get to next level. Probably because he is generally excruciating to watch. Evans should be favored, but his rust from inactivity could be a major factor. “Gatekeeper” Bader last fought in January.
WRAPUP OF LAST WEEK’S UFC FIGHT NIGHT 75
Heavyweight (265) Josh Barnett (34-7) won a unanimous decision over Roy “Big Country” Nelson (20-12) “Big Country” Nelson has now lost five of his last six, and being one of Dana White’s least favorite guys means he is likely on his way out of the UFC. In a surprise upset, Uriah Hall (12-5) knocked out Gegard Mousasi (36-6-2) 25 seconds into round two. Hall landed qhat appeared to be an intended body kick right on Mousasi’s button when the former Strikeforce champ ducked into it. Flukey or not, Hall is on his way to a title shot in the near future.
Zack “Attack” Young
UFC 192 SATURDAY & FIGHT NIGHT 75 NOTES