The main and the co-main event of UFC 220 in Boston have a lot in common. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier are both champions who have passed the tests of many incredible threats. The names in their win columns are intimidating to say the least. They’ll be up against young talent that boast terrifying knockout power that fans love. Daniel Cormier is here to remind you that there is more to this game than just punching someone very hard. Anthony Johnson was one of the most feared hitters in the UFC light heavyweight division, but in the end it didn’t allow him to beat Cormier.
“I think people fall in love with power punchers. I believe it’s just because they finish the fights. They finish fights in no time. The fight is going and all of a sudden it’s over. You got guys like [Anthony] ‘Rumble’ [Johnson] who was knocking everybody out. Then you have guys like Volkan [Oezdemir], they can knock everybody out and people fall in love with them.”
It’s crazy that this kid thinks he can knock me out with one punch. What happens when it doesn’t happen, you will all see next Saturday. I’ll stand with this kid and still beat him. There are levels to this game and this Guy ain’t on the level. #weareaka #ufc220 @akajav pic.twitter.com/dIBmM9XWfR
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 11, 2018
“But it’s not just about punching hard, this game is about what you have up top mentally and all around mixed martial arts experience. I always say they’re levels to this game. And when the person isn’t on that level, they get exposed very quickly. I think Volkan’s a fantastic fighter, and he believes in himself and his power, but to beat me just being a powerful guy is not going to be enough.” — Daniel Cormier on the UFC 220 conference call.
Can Volkan Oezdemier and Francis Ngannou catch Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic next Saturday? That’s the question that everyone will be tuning in to see the answer. DC will be seeking redemption once again from a defeat leading to another dramatic roller coaster ride at the hands of Jon Jones. Meanwhile, a heavyweight title defense record could be held by Miocic if he manages to stop the Ngannou hype train in his tracks. We are only a week away from a huge PPV card to kick off 2018.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/13/2018.