If you’ve been a fan of the sport as long as I have, you probably take great joy in seeing how much the technique used in the cage has evolved beyond brawling and become brilliance. But really, there is no greater joy to be found than in the fighters themselves, who once talked like neanderthals whenever a mic was thrust in their faces, and now are so damn articulate.

Case in point: Daniel Cormier. The UFC light-heavyweight champ is actually pretty smart and can speak intelligently.

Cormier is defending his belt against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210, so the folks at UFC Tonight did a video interview with him. It’s so nice to hear a fight so more than, “Grrr. Me kill him. Me kill him hard.”