Anthony Johnson: 'DC didn't break me; I broke myself'

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Now, with UFC President Dana White recently stating that Jones would likely fight the victor of this weekend's UFC 210 title fight between Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson, Cormier has some words for the former champ.

"Small markets don't usually get championship fight", the 38-year-old Cormier said Wednesday at the KeyBank Center, home to the NHL's Sabres and the site of Saturday's UFC 210 card.

The two fight in the main event of the show, which airs live on PPV on Saturday. "I didn't do all those things", Cormier said then. "I've made a more experienced, more composed, a more well-rounded fighter in my mind in preparation".

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'I still look at it and think, 'That's not me out there.' It's more of a disappointment because of my performance, not even the fact that I lost; just my performance.

He points to the sequence following the knockdown, where he rushes forward slinging wild shots as Cormier quickly gathered himself only to have the standout wrestler slip behind him and take his back, as a mental error, one of several that contributed to his demise.

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'Daniel didn't break me; I broke myself'.

Johnson was scheduled to fight Jones for the title at UFC 187, only to have Jones withdraw when he was stripped of the 205-pound title and suspended for a late-night vehicle crash in which he fled the scene. We really didn't see anything new or surprising out of Cormier in those two appearances.

Fans from the Toronto area might remember that this highly anticipated light-heavyweight rematch was supposed to take place at the Air Canada Centre on December 10 at UFC 206, but was postponed when Cormier pulled out with a groin injury. I let him get far too comfortable. After the fight, Cormier admitted that the follow-up was what hurt him - not the initial knee.

Edwards believes the Cormier and Johnson headliner could be an even closer battle than the last time they met, when Cormier won by third-round submission after getting rocked early by Johnson: "Cormier is comfortable throwing these takedowns at you and chain-wrestling to get a guy down". I know who I am, my friends know who I am and the people that matter know who I am. UFC fans will not want to miss this one.

This time around Johnson gets a full training camp to prepare for Cormier. It's going to be attractive for me. They got me ready. I'm happy and I have no pressure on me right now.

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