Daniel Cormier is convinced that he is destined to become UFC light-heavyweight champion.
The undefeated former heavyweight is 3-0 since joining the UFC ranks, and holds wins over Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Patrick Cummins in his debut at 205lb. His next scheduled match-up takes place this weekend in the co-main event of UFC 173, where he will meet former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson.
When asked to describe ‘Hendo' as a competitor, Cormier could not have been more complimentary:
"To me he is the biggest, baddest person that I've ever stepped into the cage with," Cormier said. "He's strong; he can hit hard and can wrestle. I've made him out to be like Mike Tyson in boxing and [Marcus Almeida] Buchecha in jiu-jitsu. I'm ready for the best fighter anyone can put together."
While he admits he is not looking past his upcoming opponent, Cormier believes "with every fiber of his being" that he will become UFC champion in the near future.
"I believe I'm going to be the champion. I believe with every fiber of my being that I am going to be the champion. I'm supposed to be the champion. I believe it."
He does not suggest that this will be easy, but ultimately the result will be the same.
"Do I believe I'm going to walk through these guys? No. Do I believe I can beat every one of these guys? Yes. They are tough guys, but I can beat Alexander Gustafsson. I can beat Jon Jones. I'm going to beat Dan Henderson. That is what I'm supposed to do."
The following is Bloody Elbow's Dallas Winston, Kid Nate and Connor Ruebusch analyzing Daniel Cormier's UFC 173 co-main event clash with Dan Henderson from this week's Vivisection: