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UFC 192 fight card primer: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson

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Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main event: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC Light Heavyweight title.

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In the main event at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (16-1 MMA; 5-1 UFC) defends his title against challenger Alexander Gustafsson (16-3 MMA; 7-3 UFC). This five round title fight caps off the five fight UFC 192 PPV main card. The UFC rankings have Gustafsson as the #2 contender in the division with Cormier at #9 on the Pound for Pound list. UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson airs live from Houston, Texas this Saturday, October 3. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at  8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 6:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass. Get more UFC 192 coverage from Bloody Elbow and the entire SB Nation community here.

This is an interesting and compelling fight between two of the absolute best in the division. It's a classic wrestler vs. striker battle, though in today's modern era of MMA, it's never that black and white. At the same time, it's hard to look at this fight and not think about one man - currently banished true Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who holds wins over both fighters here. Good fight? No doubt. But is the winner the world's #1 Light Heavyweight? That's tougher to say.

How do these two stack up?

Cormier: 36 years old | 5'1" | 72" reach
Gustafsson: 28 years old | 6'5" | 79" reach

What have these two done recently?

Cormier: W - Anthony Johnson (Sub) | L - Jon Jones (UD) | W - Dan Henderson (Sub)
Gustafsson: L - Anthony Johnson (TKO) | W - Jimi Manuwa (TKO) | L - Jon Jones (UD)

How did these two get here?

Champion Daniel Cormier is an incredibly talented amateur wrestler who made a seamless transition to MMA 6 years ago. After dominating the Strikeforce Heavyweight division and winning their Grand Prix (as an alternate), he opted to drop down to Light Heavyweight, partly to avoid a clash with then UFC Heavyweight champion and training partner Cain Velasquez. He didn't lose a step in that transition and is 3-1 at 205 pounds, with Jones representing his lone professional loss. Cormier has tremendous wrestling, cardio for days, and a very strong striking game when he needs it.

Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson is a very talented striker who for quite some time stood just barely behind Jones in the line of "future Light Heavyweight champions". With a 16-1 record, he challenged Jones in 2013, losing a decision in a great fight, and giving Jones far and away the toughest challenge of his career in the process. But since that fight, he's just 1-1, with a surprisingly lopsided KO defeat at the hands of Anthony Johnson in his last fight. There's no denying that Gustafsson is a world class fighter, but he's also 1-2 in his last 3 - a strange position for a title fight challenger to be in.

Why should you care?

Plain and simple, this is a quality world title fight between two high-level and evenly matched opponents.