Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 192, 3 October 2015
It’s always worth taking note and documenting those moments in life that change you. Moments in life that define you. Moments that you spend so much time and energy preparing for, and you don’t even see it coming. But when the stars align, at the right time, the right angle, and you are able to identify it and deliver. Those moments come few and far between, but when they do, you will never forget them, for the rest of your life.
Daniel Cormier experienced one of those moments. A life changing and career defining fight that brought him a new found respect for his abilities and perhaps a equal respect and understanding of the limitations of those abilities. As Daniel Cormier experienced a “high” he has never experienced before that night. Alexander Gustafsson may have understandably reached a new low. However hard he trains, however hard he fights, he can’t seem to fulfill his dreams of gold.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson was a phenomenal war between two mortal men, testing the physical and mental limitations of their bodies, and taking one step closer to becoming immortal.
In the first round, Daniel Cormier picks up Alexander Gustafsson on a single and takes him on a life shaking cage thundering take down. The pure physics of it bring a temporary question-mark-blank to the brain.
In the second round and third round, Daniel Cormier is able to close the distance on the fighter with more length and height to trap Gustafsson with one arm around the back of the neck. In this position, Daniel Cormier unleashes sensational uppercuts from the hip. Viewers and fight fans are wondering how Alexander Gustafsson are able to take these!
Outside of the loss, it was a truly disappointing night for Alexander Gustafsson. This is his second opportunity fighting a champion. The first time against Jon Jones resulted in one of the best Light Heavyweight fights of all time. He was able to execute his game and his abilities and pushed Jon Jones closest to defeat the champion has ever been. Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, you must beat the champ to be the champ. That performance was decidedly not one that convinced the judges that he had beat Jon Jones.
In this fight against Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson however seemed like he was not able to fully implement his abilities and find his rhythm. Sure he got in some good shots that nearly knocked out Cormier, but he did also spend a lot of time running away from Cormier in order to reset to engage. It puzzles me though that Gustafsson just kept failing to keep Daniel Cormier from getting on the inside. Taking those unparalleled uppercuts may have won fan’s hearts, but it is no way to win a fight. Gustafsson is considered one of the best boxers in the Light Heavyweight division. He is known for his slick footwork that gives him marvelous angles, paired with his quick hands? Hooo, that’s a deadly prescription against a shorter stalkier individual. Yet for some reason, Gustafsson wasn’t able to fully execute his abilities. Either that, or Daniel Cormier really is that good.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson full fight video