At UFC 210, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will step into the Octagon in hopes of defending his title for the second time when he faces streaking contender Anthony Johnson in a highly anticipated rematch.
This isn’t the first time the pair have met in the Octagon. After Jon Jones was pulled from his fight with Anthony Johnson for his infamous hit-and-run incident, the UFC replaced Jones with Cormier and made the fight for the vacant light heavyweight title. Cormier of course won the fight via submission, claiming the vacant light heavyweight title in the process. Since then, Johnson has rattled off four straight wins to earn himself another crack at the light heavyweight belt once again.
Ahead of the rematch, Johnson spoke to MMAFighting to explain what will go differently in his Daniel Cormier rematch:
“One day I was just laying in bed,” Johnson said. “I didn’t perform to the best of my ability, and I think it was probably six months after that I finally watched the fight. I just woke up at like two in the morning and decided to watch the fight. I woke up and it was on my mind and I just watched it to see what my mistakes were, and I was like okay, they were bad mistakes but they weren’t mistakes that were so bad they couldn’t be fixed.
“Nobody wants to watch themselves lose,” Johnson added. “It was a weird feeling in my stomach, because like I said, I didn’t perform at the best of my abilities. I think that’s what disgusted me the most. It made me disgusted. So the next time, it’ll be a different story on my end.”
Only time will tell if Johnson is able to avenge the loss.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/2/2017.