Daniel Cormier Defends Title With Split Decision Over Gustafsson
Alexander Gustafsson gave Jon Jones a tough time at UFC 165 and did the same against current champ Daniel Cormier on Saturday night (Oct. 3) at UFC 192.
However, in the end, Cormier (17-1) successfully defended his light heavyweight title for the first time, with split decision victory over Gustafsson in Houston, TX. Two judges scored the fight for Cormier, 49-46 and 48-47, while a third judge awarded the fight to Gustafsson, 48-47.
It was a gutsy performance, which left both mens' faces bloodied and bruised.
After the fight, Cormier admitted that he talked Gustafsson (16-4) down during fight week in order to sell the event... but thanked him for tough matchup.
"I'm going away from a promo tonight and just being myself," Cormier said. "Thank you Alexander Gustafsson. You made me a better man and a better fighter tonight. I will forever be indebted to you for your performance tonight.
"I talked a lot. It's my job to sell fights but I expected that [kind of fight]. I expected that Gustafsson, that warrior, that guy I left part of myself in the Octagon against tonight."