Daniel Cormier faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for the second time at UFC 206 in December, this time looking to defend the UFC light heavyweight title he won when first defeating Johnson back at UFC 187.
Johnson has won three straight contests since suffering the third-round submission loss to “DC,” knocking out Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira to secure a second crack for the UFC’s 205-pound championship.
Despite bearing witness to the dominance “Rumble” has shown inside the cage, Cormier admits he hasn’t seen much change in the challenger’s game.
“Here’s the issue, how is he doing any different? He just went back to everything he was doing before I fought him,” Cormier said on The MMA Hour this week. “So, you, to me the most telling thing, and it was something his coaches gave me that they didn’t mean to give to me is, right when we were fighting in the third round and I was on top, his coaches started yelling ‘don’t give up, don’t give up.’ To me that’s crazy, that tells me that’s something they’ve seen in him a lot of times. So to yell that in the middle of a fight is about as bad as it gets, especially when the guy he’s fighting again has heard it and knows that when things get tough, you know what to expect from Anthony.”
Cormier has also gone undefeated since defeating “Rumble” in 2015. He went on to defend the crown against Alexander Gustafsson in October 2015 before defeating former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 200.