Monster Energy’s Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier Beats Alexander Gustafsson to Defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Title in Houston at UFC 192

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Monster Energy’s MMA UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier proved himself Saturday night defending his 205-pound strap for the first time with an incredible five-round, stand-up brawl until the bitter end against Swedish warrior, and number two contender Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 192 main-event headliner at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Monster Energy's Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier Beats Alexander Gustafsson to Defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Title in Houston at UFC 192

I just wanted to prove that I’m not one dimensional, I can stand with the best strikers in the world, Daniel Cormier.

Monster Energy’s MMA UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier proved himself Saturday night defending his 205-pound strap for the first time with an incredible five-round stand-up brawl until the bitter end against Swedish warrior, and number two contender Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 192 main-event headliner at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The two-time Olympic Wrestler Cormier surprised fans, and perhaps even his corner with his decision to abandon the takedown after round one, and stand and trade with Gustafsson for the ensuing four rounds. While it made it a more dangerous fight for Cormier, it was certainly more entertaining as the two put on one of the best UFC main events of 2015 surpassing expectations for the ultimate show.

Afterward, Cormier said “I just wanted to prove that I’m not one dimensional, I can stand with the best strikers in the world,” and he did just that with his first successful defense of the vacant title he won against Anthony Johnson in May.

It was a back and forth war with Cormier’s effective uppercuts and dirty boxing in the clinch juxtaposed by Alexander’s sharp knees to the head and body and sharpshooting from the outside. It was however, Cormier’s relentless forward pressure and sheer volume of strikes that ultimately won Cormier the split decision in a raucous and bloody battle of will and technique leaving both men physically spent.

The 36-year-old Cormier represents Monster Energy’s commitment to the MMA category and continued support of the world’s best in class athletes. With eight knock out wins, the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and Fox Sports host has been a dominant force in MMA since his UFC debut in 2009.

Cormier is one of the newest additions to Monster Energy’s elite MMA team joining UFC’s biggest superstar women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey as well as Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Johny “Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rory MacDonald, Cain Velasquez, and Dominick Cruz.

For more on Cormier visit http://www.monsterenergy.com.

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Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at http://www.monsterenergy.com.

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