Daniel Cormier has never lacked self-confidence.
From a successful run in college at Oklahoma State University to the Summer Olympics, “DC” has always risen to the challenge.
After a decision loss to Jon Jones in 2015, Cormier re-focused his attention on getting back to a rematch with “Bones.” Something happened, though, along the way that changed everything.
Jones was stripped of the title and suspended for the better part of the year. Cormier stepped in, won the belt with a submission of Anthony Johnson and successfully defended it vs. top contender Alexander Gustafsson.
Now, as the two prepare for their rematch later this year, Cormier is the hunted and not the hunter.
“I beat the two best men in this division and now we’re right back where we started,” he said during a recent interview that you can watch below. “This time, it’s different. I’m the champion. By him getting out of the game for as long as he’s been out, (it’s) allowed me to go through wars that I need to prepare for a war that I’m going to have.
“No one in this division can keep Jon and I away from each other and I feel as though it’s him and I; and then everybody else.”
The two men nearly came to blows several times even before they hit the Octagon and the door closed, including a “brawl” after a press conference in Las Vegas.
“I cannot wait to stand across the Octagon from that man again,” Cormier said. “Fans are going to see a much better fight than last time. My focus is going to be on making him fight where I want him to fight.”