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 spoil the top of UFC 200 but what could Daniel Cormier do? He was the loser on a night when he was actually a win and nothing of it made any appreciation. His headline fighting against Jon Jones blew up on Wednesday night when his rival tested positive for a censored essence. Instead of walking out on his bos Cormier accepted a last-second fight against one of the largest UFC champs, Anderson Silva, for half the money he was going to make.
And now the latter are booing him? For saving the occurrence? For winning? 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 probably should have left UFC 200 s lineup the moment the organizations chairperson Dana White told him about Joness failed research. But doing so would have injury the card in the UFCs signature event. Cormier didnt want to do that, so he let the UFC lodged 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 loathes and in an instant that the project works was devastated. The deal with Silva wasnt finalise until Thursday night, leaving him hours to prepare before Fridays weigh-in. Then Saturday he trod into the event he saved and get booed.
The fans in Las Vegass brand new arena apparently missed a battle with moving fists and fluctuating legs, simply Cormier doesnt do moving fists and swaying legs. Hes a wrestler, an Olympian. His best weapon is wrestling. And so on Saturday night, against a stellar he has never contend, weighing 10 pounds less, he did the smart circumstance. He wrestled. The more he wrestled the more the realm filled with boos.
I cant really pay attention to that anymore, he said late Saturday night, after he watched Silvas coaches carrying the onetime middleweight champ around the ring on their shoulders as if it was Silva who had triumphed. Beings dont understand developments in the situation I had this week.
By agreeing to fight Silva, Cormier was in dreadful stance. He was taking on a great champ 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 nature. That engaging would induce fans who longed for the purposes of an disturbance and it would realise Cormier a rogue. He couldnt winning, even when he did.
Silva never had a the expectations of victory in the octagon. Cormier virtually drew him off his paws, pinned him to the matting and sat on him for three rounds while frequently perforating him about the chief. The devotees did not experience insuring their hero considered this poorly even if it was the right tactic for Cormier to employ. They probably didnt are well aware that Joness positive research forced UFC officials to cut Cormiers paid under the fight from$ 1m to $500,000. This while just knowing that another former champion, Brock Lesnar, was get $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 piloted boxers in from all over the world to help him prepare 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 number. He dislikes interruptions to his number.
I went out there and fought, there are lots of people who wouldnt do that, he said. The peril versus the wage was not in my kindnes, honestly.
The reward was watching the man he overpowered soundly being treated like the win. Silva himself knew he was likely treading into a win but he said he wanted to challenge himself, which is why he called the UFC and is necessary to oust Jones despite his lack of preparation. He said his children told him he was crazy for taking the fight.
Silva seemed to feed off the boom army and the commotion of stand in the octagon, which was the last lieu he would have imagined being precisely three days before. He purported a few kicks at his foe but it was fruitless; Cormier easily took him down.
Stand them up! the love chanted at the ref. He did so once, to a huge booming, before Cormier gathered 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 working day?
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