After Jon Joness withdrawal Daniel Cormier should have been a hero in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Instead he was treated to a chorus of boos
Boos swarmed down on the one male soldier who had done nothing to devastate the highest level of UFC 200 but what could Daniel Cormier do? He was the loser on a nighttime when he was actually a winner and none of it made any feel. His headline fighting against Jon Jones blew up on Wednesday night when his antagonist tested positive for a banned essence. Instead of walking out on his bos Cormier abode a last-second fight against one of the great UFC champs, Anderson Silva, for half the money he was going to make.
And now they were booing him? For saving the event? For acquiring? Daniel Cormier should have been the hero of the nighttime. Instead he was everybodys bad guy.
What value is there in doing the right thing? Cormier perhaps should have left UFC 200 s lineup the moment the organizations chairperson Dana White told him about Joness miscarried test. But doing so would have damaged the card in the UFCs signature event. Cormier didnt want to do that, so he make the UFC remained him with Silva and took everybodys wrath.
None of this was easy to do. Cormier had wasted months preparing to fight Jones, a mortal he despises and in an instant that the project works was devastated. The enter into negotiations with Silva wasnt finalized until Thursday evening, leaving him hours to prepare before Fridays weigh-in. Then Saturday he ambled into the happening he saved and got booed.
The fans in Las Vegass brand new arena apparently wanted a battle with flying fists and swinging legs, simply Cormier doesnt do winging fists and swinging legs. Hes a wrestler, an Olympian. His best weapon is fighting. And so on Saturday night, against a idol he has never campaign, weighing 10 pounds little, he did the smart happen. He battled. The more he battled the more the arena filled with boos.
I cant truly pay attention to that anymore, he said late Saturday night, after he watched Silvas managers carrying the onetime middleweight champ around the ring on their shoulders as if it was Silva who had acquired. Parties dont understand developments in the situation I had the coming week.
By agreeing to fight Silva, Cormier was in horrific posture. He was taking on a great champion who is immensely popular and also someone who has not officially won a UFC fight in four years, who is two months removed from gallbladder surgery and hasnt qualified since. Silva, he knew, would fight with middle. That campaigning would stimulate devotees who longed for an disturb and it would form Cormier a criminal. He couldnt winning, even when he did.
Silva never had a the expectations of victory in the octagon. Cormier essentially attracted him off his paws, pinned him to the mat and sat on him for three rounds while repeatedly piercing him about the heading. The love did not experience examining their hero treated this poorly even if it was the right tactic for Cormier to employ. They perhaps didnt are well aware that Joness positive exam thrust UFC officials to cut Cormiers paid under the fight from$ 1m to $500,000. This while knowing that another former champion, Brock Lesnar, was getting $2.5 m despite not having fought in the UFC for five years.
None of this was fair. Cormier knew it wasnt fair. But what could he say? He had to fight the fight he had been given and accept the money that was offered. He had hovered boxers in from around the world to promotion him preparations for Jones, he was still over heavines, well into his exercising plan to cut an extra few pounds before Fridays weigh-in. He didnt have a proper plan for Silva. He is a man of garbs and procedure. He hates disturbances to his number.
I went out there and fought, there are a lot of people who wouldnt do that, he said. The risk versus the honor was not in my favor, honestly.
The reward was watching the man he vanquished soundly being treated like the winner. Silva himself knew he was likely marching into a demolish but he said he wanted to defy himself, which is why he called the UFC and is necessary to supplant Jones despite his lack of grooming. He said his children told him he was crazy for taking the fight.
Silva seemed to feed off the thunder audience and the excitement of standing in the octagon, which was the last plaza he would have imagined being merely three days before. He aimed a few kickings at his opposing but it was fruitless; Cormier readily took him down.
Stand them up! the followers chanted at the reviewer. He did so once, to a huge thunder, before Cormier gathered Silva back to the canvas and flopped on top of him. Down came the boo. And it didnt seem fair.
Why boo the one man who saved the working day?
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