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Daniel Cormier on Alexander Gustafsson fight: ‘This is the worst I’ve ever been beat’

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Daniel Cormier can’t afford to have many more fights like this one. Nobody can. And he was the winner.
Cormier defend the UFC light heavyweight title for the first time in a back-and-forth, five-round slobberknocker over Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 192 on Saturday night in Houston. He was bloodied, bruised and might have broken his foot. But the champion still persevered in a split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) victory.
“I feel pretty beat up,” Cormier said in the post-fight press conference. “This is the worst that I’ve ever been beat. Gustafsson is a stud, man. He’s a good fighter.”
That’s saying a lot since Cormier suffered the only loss of his career to Jon Jones at UFC 182 back in January. Jones certainly beat Cormier up, but that was more like a slow burn. Gustafsson almost ended the fight with a big knee in the third round. Cormier dropped and was nearly finished.
Unlike his fight against Anthony Johnson at UFC 183 in May, Cormier said he couldn’t stop Gustafsson from landing a follow-up shot after the big one.
“This guy actually got one off as I was trying to get away,” Cormier said. “I kind of fell down.”
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