Fighter Daniel Cormier passed his first true light heavyweight test with flying colors at UFC 173. D.C. kept his unbeaten record intact with a dominant performance against veteran Dan Henderson in Las Vegas in their co-main event clash. Cormier proved his worth as a legitimate title threat by wearing down the 43-year-old legend before finishing Henderson via submission in the third and final round.
Cormier is now 2-0 since making the move down to the 205-pound division and continues to show why he’s one of the more dominant fighters in the sport. He rarely loses a round and is now 4-0 during his Octagon tenure with other wins against Patrick Cummins, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir.
The former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner has the perfect combination of wrestling skills, punching power and cardio, and was never threatened during the contest against the dangerous Henderson. He trounced Henderson throughout and handed the veteran one of his more lopsided defeats.
Not surprisingly, Cormier made it clear in his post-fight interview that he’s ready to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones next. “Bones” still has some work to do against Alexander Gustafsson in a highly-anticipated rematch that is targeted for UFC 177.
Cormier is now 15-0 with 10 finishes by way of knockout or submission and became the fourth fighter to submit Henderson in his 42-fight career. The end came at the 3:53 mark of the final round via a rear-naked choke.
As for Henderson, it’s clear that his title hopes have gone down the drain by suffering his fourth defeat in five fights. He’s always shown tremendous heart and has always had a puncher’s chance against anyone, but it was quite clear during his fight with Cormier that his best days are well behind him.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.