UFC light-heavyweight challenger Daniel Cormier fully expects defending champion Jon "Bones" Jones to target his injured right knee during their title showdown on September 27.
Cormier has damaged ligaments in his right knee and was originally supposed to undergo surgery following his win over Dan Henderson last May. He opted to forego the procedure, however, and later told MMA Fighting that he is "not big on surgery."
"I've had a lot of surgeries, and it seems as though, as medicine has improved surgeries, they don't always work, which is crazy," he said.
Cormier insisted that his knee is feeling fine so far, but admitted that Jones' penchant for using oblique kicks – kicks aimed at his opponent's knee – is a cause of concern. Yet he is quick to add that he fully expects Jones to use that technique.
"If he didn't, I'd be very disappointed in him," Cormier said. "As a competitor, I'd be very disappointed in Jon Jones if he didn't."
Cormier further pointed out that Jones also has injuries that he fully intends to target.
"If we're in the clinch, and I'm not foot-stomping his toe, then I'm not giving myself the best chance to win the fight," he said.
Jones famously broke his toe during UFC 159, in his fight against Chael Sonnen.
"If there is a known injury, we should try and win at all costs," said Cormier. "I mean, I thought it was great that he wrenched on Glover Teixeira's arm when he had the opportunity, because that shows you that he's vicious enough to try and win at all costs."
"Now, he's in the cage with someone who's willing to do the same exact thing," he added.