UFC brings a light heavyweight title bout to the big state of Texas as newly crowned champion Daniel Cormier makes his first title defense against former title challenger and second-ranked Alexander Gustafsson in a five-round main event. The event is titled UFC 192: CORMIER vs. GUSTAFSSON and the leading MMA promotion takes over Toyota Center on Saturday, October 3, 2015.
Cormier (15-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), the second U.S. Olympian to become a UFC champion (women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was the first) captured the vacant 205-pound world title after submitting number one contender Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.
Looking to begin his reign atop the light heavyweight division, Cormier gladly welcomes his next opponent, Gustafsson, to center stage. Having defeated legends and former champions in Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, “DC” plans to add another name to his near perfect record.
Gustafsson (16-3, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden), a deadly striker who rose to title contention with 10 knockout victories and eight first-round finishes, makes his way back to the Octagon with his eyes locked on UFC gold. Almost two years removed from a thrilling back-and-forth battle against former champion and pound-for-pound best Jon Jones, which earned Fight of the Year honors in 2013, the Stockholm native will finally get a second chance at the championship title.
Here is Cormier vs. Gustafsson by the numbers.
Clinch and Ground Striker
Daniel Cormier has succeeded with his blend of smothering clinch work and effective takedowns. Cormier lands 3.63 significant strikes per minute for his career, a rate 28% higher than the the UFC Average of 2.83.
Twenty-Two Career Takedowns
Cormier has earned 22 career takedowns to date, including ten in his last five fights. Of his 22 takedowns, six were slams. His slam rate is 27.3% for his career (including UFC and Strikeforce) is the third highest among active light heavyweights.
Third most finishes in Light Heavyweight history
Alexander Gustafsson has consistently displayed a well-rounded attach that has led to knockouts and submission opportunities. Gustafson has earned six finishes as a UFC light heavyweight, tied for third most in the division’s history.
Third highest takedown defense in Light Heavyweight history
Gustafsson has been exceptionally difficult for his opponents to take down. He has stuffed 26 of his opponents’ 30 combined takedown attempts against him for a defense of 86.7%, the third highest in light heavyweight history.