UFC light-heavyweight kingpin in the Daniel Cormier has earned the right to be considered something of an expert on the topic of punching power.
On his journey to the pinnacle of the 205lb division, D.C has faced some of the games most heavy-handed and terrifyingly explosive punchers. Cormier played the matador to the ill-intentions of Dan Henderson back in March of 2014, while in May of last year he was forced to stand at the centre of that precarious path between Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson and victory.
Prior to that, Cormier had lived the unenviable life of an undersized heavyweight, taking on big-hitters like Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. In his early career, the American Kickboxing Academy representative also fought and beat Lucas Browne, who has since gone on to log 21 stoppages in 24 wins as a professional boxer, capturing the WBA heavyweight title, for all that it’s worth, in the process(he was later stripped of the belt after failing a drug test).
And throughout all this, Cormier has never been stopped and rarely wobbled.
The point is, his power-judging credentials are solid.
However, his recent comments on the pop possessed by his former and future foe Jon Jones might just have to be taken with a pinch of salt.
During an appearance on Opie & Jim Norton Cormier claimed that his January 2015 loss to Jones taught him that the rangy former pound-for-pound king can’t punch.
“He cannot punch,” began the 37-year-old champion. “He hit me, and I’m like ‘Wow! This is actually him punching me as hard as he can.’ He can’t punch, so he has to throw elbows, kicks, and knees, because he can’t punch. He doesn’t hit very hard, so he has to do something(Transcription via BloodyElbow)”.
“He does not punch very hard, I’ll be honest with you, man. He kicks very hard, he knees very hard, and he elbows hard, but he can’t punch”.
I don’t think it’s necessary to go into too much detail as to why Cormier becomes an unreliable source in this specific instance. But just in case you need some context, check out the videos below.
While flattery of Jones wasn’t forthcoming, the Louisiana native did compliment the prodigious punching power of the aforementioned trio of Henderson, Nelson and Johnson, although it was ‘Rumble’ whom he singled out as the hardest hitter.
“Anthony Johnson hits harder than any other person, no doubt. Every time he hit me, it made me kind of like fly all over the place. He was trying to take my head off. Even when he’d miss, you can hear it”.
Cormier meets Jones in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9th.