FightersBlog Top Fights: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexandre Gustafsson
Saturday, Oct 3rd, Daniel Cormier would defend his title for the first time against Swedish superstar, Alexandre Gustafsson.
April 28th, former LHW champion, Jon Jones was stripped of the title due to a hit and run incident less than one month out from his fight with ranked #1 Anthony Johnson. Quickly, it was announced Daniel Cormier would fill in the empty spot, and winner would be the new Light Heavyweight champion.
Daniel Cormier successfully submitted Anthony Johnson, becoming the new face of the LHW division with the gold strap around his waist.
Alexandre Gustafsson has had an up-and-down road since his loss to Jon Jones, however, he was still granted a much deserved shot at the title, and wasn’t willing to dish out anything less than a war. A war it was.
Gustafsson and Cormier were both fighting in the pocket, though Cormier was getting the upper hand in the exchanges from the clinch, Gustafsson was able to rock Cormier on multiple occasion, nearly finishing the fight early on. The fight was back and forth, filled with blood and sweat, leaving both LHW warrior to face the judges decision. Ultimately, Daniel Cormier successfully defended his title, remaining the LHW champion.
Now, Cormier has hopes of a Jon Jones rematch, looking to avenge his one and only loss to the former champion.