Daniel Cormier dropped an almighty hint at how he would best Stipe Miocic just hours before he ended up doing exactly that in the UFC 226 main-event.
Cormier achieved history for himself last night with a stunning first-round KO of Stipe Miocic, but more importantly, he managed to really establish his spot as one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the octagon.
DC, in stepping up to heavyweight, was not expected to hold anything resembling a power-advantage over the champ Miocic but when all was said and done after the four or so minutes that the fight lasted, there was no doubt left over this guy’s suitability to the 265lb division.
Who would’ve guessed that Cormier would have knocked out the bigger man in Stipe?
Well, according to an interview with Michael Bisping on UFC on FOX just hours before the fight, Daniel had it all worked out in his head before ever stepping foot in the t-Mobile Arena.
Telling the recently-retired Brit about the openings he sees during the breaks in the clinch battle, the two-weight world champion described the exact weakness he ended up exploiting on Saturday night.
Considering that Jon Jones did pretty much the same thing before head-kicking DC at UFC 214, it’s pretty bizarre how accurate this shout was.
“Look man. There are some things that he does – especially when you get out of clinch positions where his hands are pretty low and that chin is way up in the air. He’s got a big ol’ face and I’m going to try and crack him upside his head.
“I used to hit guys and it would have effect on them. At 205lbs, that seemed to disappear. In sparring I’ve put guys down on five or six occasions this training camp and that’s something I haven’t done in years.
“I’ve put guys down with hands. I’ve put guys down with kicks. My strikes are now having the effect that they did when I started to fight.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena