Fighting Gustafsson not ufc 191. # andstill— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 4, 2015
Newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was eager to defend his title as soon as he was able. In the days since his pummeling of Anthony Johnson, it seemed that “DC” might be doing against his new rival Ryan Bader. However, it was revealed today that won’t be the case.
UFC President Dana White said earlier tonight on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight” that the MMA giant is “actually looking at possibly Alexander Gustafsson” which may sit aside the Cormier-Bader stalk just as it was growing legs.
White did not officially confirm the bout, but shortly after airing, the UFC did on their official website, stating that the two will meet with a date and venue to be announced.
Rumors swirled on social media that the 205-pound championship will headline UFC 191, but according to the champ, he will not be fighting on that card. According to Cormier’s official Twitter account, he tweeted, “Fighting Gustafsson not ufc 191 #andstill.”
In related news, it looks like middleweight champ Chris Weidman will defend his crown against Cormier’s American Kickboxing Academy teammate Luke Rockhold. It was made official by White and on UFC.com, but the 185-pound title tilt does not yet have a venue or date.
Weidman last fought at UFC 187, where he dominated Vitor Belfort and forced a stoppage in the first round. Weidman has been tearing apart the division and is widely considered among the top three best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.
Rockhold has won four straight since being clobbered by Belfort two years ago. In that span, he’s knocked out Costas Philippou and submitted Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida.
UFC 191, for the record, was officially announced today to have landed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. No fights have been announced as of press time.