Dominick Cruz and Michael Bisping took over hosting duties for “UFC Tonight” earlier this week, offering up their thoughts and insights into tonight’s UFC 187 main event.
In the main event, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier will collide for the vacant light heavyweight title. Johnson was originally scheduled to face Jon Jones, but after “Bones” was stripped and suspended, officials inserted Cormier into the fight.
“(Cormier) has to do what he’s been doing – winning fights in spectacular fashion. Watching him, he goes out and stalks his opponents,” Bisping said. “He mirrors them around the Octagon. He has to stop the takedown from Weidman and go out and land the big shots.
“He’s got to erase all doubt from his mind and focus on the future – beating Rumble. He’s got to close the distance, push the pace, and be wary of the power that Rumble has. He has to throw combinations.”
Cruz, a former UFC bantamweight champion, explained the strengths of each fighter.
“I’d like to see him not over extend and telegraph his punches,” he said. “Cormier will make him pay and take him down if Johnson overcommits them. He has to throw more jabs, then follow with the power. He’s got to utilize his kicks and keep DC in a box.
“He uses kicks and punches. He follows his hands with kicks and follows with combinations. The key against Rumble is to keep him on his heels and keep him guessing.”
Check out “Strikezone” from the show in the video below: