Current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier finds himself on the wrong side of the situation and even UFC President Dana White doesn't understand why the fans do not embrace him. Full stop, hold the asterisk.
Cormier defends his 205lbs strap against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 210 this weekend and nobody is more excited about the rematch than the artist formerly and briefly known as Snoop Lion.
Whatever happens next week in Buffalo, the spectre of Jon Jones will loom over everything. Both Cormier and Johnson said on Thursday's media call that they aren't focused on the former light heavyweight champion's return ahead of their rematch. "I didn't do all those things", Cormier said before UFC 197 as reported by Tristen Critchfield.
DC and Rumble last did battle in May of 2015 at UFC 187 in which Cormier won the fight, and the vacant title, via submission in the 3rd round.
This is in light of all the issues with law enforcement surrounding Jones and the fact that Cormier is a stark contrast to those pain points. The first time they fought, Cormier was a late replacement for Johnson's original opponent, Jon Jones.
Johnson caught Cormier with a massive overhand right early in the first round. Whatever arguments they have to make to favour their desired opinion or desired outcome, they will make that argument, so for me to sit there and pull my hair trying to change this thought process is insane.
One thing to note is that throughout the first round Johnson did a phenomenal job avoiding Cormier's takedown attempts.
"For a guy who's been as dominant as he was, obviously his resume says he always should get a title fight", Cormier told MMAjunkie. I had three-and-a-half weeks to get prepared for a championship fight and still found a way to outwork him.
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"(This fight is) about my legacy.
"I'm going to the game tonight, the whole team is", Cote said enthusiastically.
'It was eating at me the whole time and in the middle of the night, I was like, 'Screw it!' and chose to watch the fight.
Jones, who tested positive for the anti-oestrogenic substances clomiphene and letrozole, was handed a one-year suspension by both USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his infringement, but he will be eligible to return to action anytime after the 6th of July 2017.
"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".
Whatever happens, Cormier is confident about his place in the pantheon and believes that once his career is over, fans will be able to look back and appreciate everything he accomplished. It seems to take longer to heal from injuries at Cormier's age of 38. But you boo me.
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