Thanks to the staff at the UFC’s Las Vegas headquarters, check out the media notes concerning tonight’s UFC 192 card.
After obtaining the vacant light heavyweight title with a submission win over No.1 contender Anthony Johnson, Daniel Cormier will be making his first title defense against the tough Swede, No.2 Alexander Gustafsson. The former Olympian, Cormier, wants to add “The Mauler” to an already impressive list of victories which include the likes of Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, and Josh Barnett in addition to Johnson.
Gustafsson sees himself thrust back into a title fight nearly two years after a fight of the year performance with former champion Jon Jones in 2013. With 10 knockout victories and eight first round finishes to his credit, the fighting pride of Sweden wants to halt Cormier’s title reign and make the most of a second opportunity to become the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Former welterweight champion and heavy-handed top contender, Johny Hendricks fights in his home state of Texas against No. 3 Tyron Woodley in what promises to be a scintillating battle. Hendricks, who is coming off a win against an always game Matt Brown, has his sights set on regaining what he feels is rightfully his – the 170-pound crown.
Woodley, who has won four of his last five – including (T)KO victories over Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck, packs an equally powerful punch and looks to prove that with a win over what would be his toughest test to date, it’s his time to shine in one of the UFC’s most talented divisions and ultimately earn his shot at UFC gold.
DARTH VS SUGA
In what very well could serve as another title eliminator at UFC 192, streaking No. 4 Ryan Bader welcomes former champion, No. 5 Rashad Evans to the Octagon. Bader has blasted his way up the ranks with four straight wins including notable victories over Ovince Saint Preux and Phil Davis. After 16 career bouts in the UFC, “Darth” may finally see himself on the doorstep of a title shot with a win over “Suga.”
Evans is making his return from an almost two year injury layoff. Before he went down, he racked up victories over the likes of Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. If Evans can score a win over Bader, he will without a doubt be back in the mix at 205-pounds.
WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT SHOWDOWN
The main card will be kicked off by a women’s bantamweight clash between No. 6 Jessica Eye and No. 12 Julianna Pena. “The Venezuelan Vixen” is seen by many with a lot of potential to make her way toward the top of the division after she won season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. Eye looks to stifle Pena’s rise to the top-10 of the division.