Tonight, in New York, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will look to defend his light heavyweight championship for the second time when he steps into the Octagon with light heavyweight knockout artist Anthony Johnson for a highly anticipated rematch two years in the making.
Ahead of the fight, EA Sports UFC 2 predicted the outcome of the fight by running a simulation of the scrap, likely using the pair’s first fight form 2015 as inspiration, which you can see above!
Going into the rematch, two interesting pieces of information that are worth mentioning are the fact that UFC light heavyweight champion has stated that he doesn’t fear ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s power, and actually plans to stand and trade blows with the light heavyweight knockout artist. If this proves to be true. it could very well swing the fight in Johnson’s favor given that he has proven to possess some of the best knockout power in the entire UFC. In addition, Cormier found great success in the pair’s first fight when he took the fight to the ground, ultimately submitting Johnson in the 3rd round after forcing the top contender to gas with his relentless ground pressure.
The second bit of information which currently has the MMA community talking is the matter of ‘DC’ weighing in overweight yesterday morning at the UFC 210 early weigh-ins, where he weighed in 1.2 pounds over the light heavyweight title fight limit of 205 pounds. While Cormier was able to controversially make weight using a towel to offset his weight on the second attempt, the question still remains whether or not DC endured a rough weight cut. If the champ indeed have a rough weight cut, he very well could find himself with a smaller gas tank in the fight.
Only time will tell which way this fight swings!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/8/2017.