Daniel Cormier has warned Anthony Johnson that he is willing to trade punches at UFC 210 if the bout does not go to the floor.
The UFC light heavyweight champion, Cormier, meets with Johnson on Saturday night in Buffalo.
The fight is a repeat of the pair’s duel at UFC 187 back in 2015. Cormier won on that occasion via submission after Johnson succumbed to the former’s rear naked choke.
Cormier believes that the outcome will be the same on Saturday night even if the process is slightly different.
At UFC 187 Cormier’s superior wrestling skills got him the W. He insists he is ready to meet fire with fire at UFC 210 if Johnson steers clear of a scrap on the floor and tries to out-strike him.
“I have prepared for an Anthony Johnson that’s as good as anyone that’s ever stepped foot in the Octagon,” Cormier said at UFC 210 open workouts Thursday.
“I made him better than he could truly be because I want to make sure I leave nothing uncovered.
“But realistically, we haven't had much to see. Anthony Johnson has only fought for seven and a half minutes in three fights, so we’ll see how much different he is on Saturday.
“But the difference is that I’m going to stand up to him, I’m not afraid of Anthony Johnson in any way, shape or form. And when that happens, Anthony usually loses.”
While Cormier boasts a mightily impressive record in the UFC having fought eight times and only lost once, Johnson should consider himself rather fortunate to be getting a shot at the light heavyweight belt.
He has fought 17 times in the UFC and has a win percentage of only 71 per cent.
With the return of Jon Jones seemingly imminent, this could be Johnson’s last shot at relevance in the light heavyweight division.