”I haven’t actually even been thinking that much about the belt. I haven’t seen myself in that position, really, because of my loss. But here I am now and I’m very thankful. I’m so happy and very excited. I can’t wish for more.I believe that the UFC wants to see me against DC. That’s so simple. They really want to see us fight. Also, a good job from my managers, too. They’ve been working hard for this opportunity and I’m very thankful for this so I can’t wait.
Ilir Latifi is a key sparring partner for this fight. I haven’t sparred with a guy having that much strength and explosiveness. When it comes to the body type and everything, it’s like fighting ‘DC’.
2014-04-29 Daniel Cormier om Alexander Gustafssons chanser mot Jon Jones. Och om sin chans på en titelmatch. Från MMA Hour, Cormier:”I’ve waited long enough. This will be my fifth top-10 win, and I’m not fighting anyone else. I’m going to sit and wait and get better, and I’m going to wait to fight Jon Jones. If it took nine months, I’d wait nine months. It’s time for me to fight for the belt.
It’s not that I’m afraid I’ll lose to any of these guys, because I don’t believe that. I think I can beat them all. I just think that at a point, you have to make a stand about what’s important for me. Eventually one of these guys is going to take me to the edge and make me have to fight. Dan Henderson could potentially be that guy.
No chance. Let me rephrase that. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a chance. I’m just saying that if I had to bet my money, or if I asked 10 people who wins this fight, nine out of those 10 people would say Jon Jones, because honestly, I believe that he’s better because he has more tools.
When you look at Jon on paper against a lot of people, he seems to match up well against every single one of us. He seems to holds the advantages against every single one of us. It’s the intangibles. It’s the things that you can’t measure on a piece of paper that it’s going to take to beat Jon Jones — the things that I believe I hold in spades.”
In my mind, Jones is doing everything he can to not fight me. He doesn’t want to fight me. So I think he’s trying to mix things up. But the only fight that makes sense for me right now is if he wins against Teixeira, is me fighting him.
I’d probably fight someone else, then. I’m a fighter and I want to fight. Basically, if Jones beats Teixeira, I want that title shot right away. If he doesn’t win (and they give him a rematch), then I’ll have to look at other possibilities. But I’m fighting whoever they gave me. That’s just the way I am
”It was tough in the beginning to stop thinking about the fight with Jon, but when I knew I was fighting Jimi, I realized I needed to take him very serious. I stopped thinking about the title and started thinking about my immediate future and my next challenge.He’s very dangerous, and I think people are underestimating him a little bit. I don’t. I know exactly how dangerous this guy is. He’s just sneaking around under the radar and waiting to strike. He’s a very good, dangerous fighter. I am ready. I’ve done my homework, and I have to be 100 percent in the fight. He’s going to throw some bombs. We all know that. He’s a very heavy hitter with his punches, his kicks and his knees. He’s very good with his striking. But wherever the fights ends up, I’m going to have an answer.
This will be an early finish, with me as a winner on Saturday night. I want the belt, and that’s my only focus. But to take the belt from Jones would be the absolute best scenario.”