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 ran down on the one male soldier who had done nothing to break the highest level of UFC 200 but what could Daniel Cormier do? He was the loser on a darknes when he was actually a win and none of it made any appreciation. His headline fighting against Jon Jones blew up on Wednesday night when his opponent tested positive for a censored substance. Instead of walking out on his bos Cormier countenanced a last-second fight against one of the great UFC champions, Anderson Silva, for half the money he was going to make.
And now the latter are booing him? For saving the affair? For prevailing? Daniel Cormier should have been the hero of the darknes. Instead he was everybodys bad guy.
What value is there in doing the right thing? Cormier maybe should have left UFC 200 s lineup the moment the organizations chairperson Dana White told him about Joness flunked experiment. But doing so would have detriment the card in the UFCs signature event. Cormier didnt want to do that, so he let the UFC remained him with Silva and took everybodys wrath.
None of this was easy to do. Cormier had expended months preparing to fight Jones, a human he reviles and in an instant that work was spoilt. The deal with Silva wasnt finalise until Thursday night, leaving him hours to prepare before Fridays weigh-in. Then Saturday he stepped into the occasion he saved and went booed.
The love in Las Vegass brand new arena apparently wanted a battle with operating fists and shaking legs, exclusively Cormier doesnt do piloting fists and fluctuating legs. Hes a wrestler, an Olympian. His best weapon is battling. And so on Saturday night, against a whiz he has never push, weighing 10 pounds less, he did the smart event. He fought. The more he battled the more the arena fitted with boos.
I cant really pay attention to that anymore, he said late Saturday night, after he watched Silvas tutors carrying the onetime middleweight endorse around the ring on their shoulders as if it was Silva who had acquired. People dont understand the situation I had this week.
By agreeing to fight Silva, Cormier was in terrible location. He was taking on a great champ who is immensely popular and likewise someone who has not officially won a UFC fight in four years, who is two months removed from gallbladder surgery and hasnt developed since. Silva, he knew, would fight with middle. That opposing would stimulate followers who longed for an disturbed and it would establish Cormier a villain. He couldnt acquire, even when he did.
Silva never had a hope of succes in the octagon. Cormier essentially gathered him off his paws, pinned him to the mat and sat on him for three rounds while repeatedly piercing him about the thought. The devotees did not experience accompanying their hero plowed this poorly even if it was the right tactic for Cormier to employ. They likely didnt are well aware that Joness positive measure coerced UFC officials to cut Cormiers pay for the fight from$ 1m to $500,000. This while just knowing that another former champ, Brock Lesnar, was getting $2.5 m despite not having campaigned 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 fighters in from around the world to facilitate him preparations for Jones, he was still over load, well into his workout plan to cut an extra few pounds before Fridays weigh-in. He didnt have a proper plan for Silva. He is a man of attires and number. He detests disturbances to his number.
I went out there and fought, there are a lot of people who wouldnt do that, he said. The hazard versus the reward “re not in” my kindnes, honestly.
The reward was watching the man he thumped soundly being treated like the winner. Silva himself knew he was likely stepping into a demolish but he said he wanted to challenge himself, which is why he called the UFC and asked to supplant Jones despite his lack of readying. He said his children told him he was crazy for taking the fight.
Silva seems to feed off the wail crowd and the feeling of standing in the octagon, which was the last situate he would have imagined being merely three days before. He proposed a few knocks at his adversary but it was fruitless; Cormier easily took him down.
Stand them up! the devotees chanted at the umpire. He did so formerly, to a huge boom, before Cormier drew Silva back to the canvas and flopped on top of him. Down came the boos. And it didnt seem fair.
Why boo the one man who saved the day?
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