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Daniel Cormier blasts Alexander Gustafsson in response to Luke Rockhold shots

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Luke Rockhold might be training more in Florida now than at American Kickboxing Academy. But the former UFC middleweight champion is an AKA member for life and Daniel Cormier is that team’s captain.

So, Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, wasn’t going to sit idly by and let Alexander Gustafsson take shots at Rockhold, his good friend and longtime teammate. In response to Gustafsson’s barbs about Rockhold on Tuesday, Cormier blasted his former title fight foe Wednesday on Twitter.

“DC” proposed that Rockhold should fight middleweight champion Robert Whittaker next, despite losing to Yoel Romero at UFC 221 last week. Because sometimes “you lose your way into a title shot.” Cormier was making reference to Gustafsson getting knocked out by Anthony Johnson before challenging Cormier for the title in 2015.

On Tuesday, Gustafsson wrote on social media that Rockhold should “beware” about moving up to light heavyweight and that he would be waiting for him in the division. The Swedish slugger said a fight with Rockhold would “warm me up” for another title shot against Cormier.

@lukerockhold , your teammate is holding MY Division hostage, and you think there are only easy fights at LHW. If u think Romero hits hard, then wait till you come to the big boys. I want @dc_mma , and knocking u out will keep me warm in the meantime. Beware of coming up in weight because I will be standing at the front door waiting.

A post shared by Alex The Mauler Gustafsson (@alexthemauler) on Feb 13, 2018 at 1:24pm PST

Cormier beat Gustafsson by split decision at UFC 192 in a very tough, back-and-forth fight. But Cormier wrote Wednesday on Twitter that he himself made it that way. The Louisiana native said that he felt like he had to prove that he was the real champion in the absence of Jon Jones and didn’t just take Gustafsson down all night like he knew he could.

At UFC 200, Cormier fought Anderson Silva, who was coming in on just three days notice, and utilized a very conservative, wrestling-heavy style. On Wednesday, Cormier explained why he fought Silva that way, but not Gustafsson.

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