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 fighter who had done nothing to break the highest level of UFC 200 but what could Daniel Cormier do? He was the loser on a night when he was actually a winner and none of it made any gumption. His headline fighting against Jon Jones blew up on Wednesday night when his resist tested positive for a censored substance. Instead of walking out on his employer Cormier admitted a last-second fight against one of the great UFC endorses, Anderson Silva, for half the money he was going to make.
And now they were booing him? For saving the episode? For acquiring? Daniel Cormier should have been the hero of the night. Instead he was everybodys bad guy.
What value is there in doing the right thing? Cormier likely should have left UFC 200 s lineup the moment the organizations president Dana White told him about Joness flunked exam. But doing so would have injury the card in the UFCs signature event. Cormier didnt want to do that, so he tell the UFC deposited him with Silva and took everybodys wrath.
None of this was easy to do. Cormier had invested months preparing to fight Jones, a humanity he despises and in an instant that the project works was broken. The enter into negotiations with Silva wasnt finalise until Thursday night, leaving him hours to prepare before Fridays weigh-in. Then Saturday he trod into the occasion he saved and went booed.
The fans in Las Vegass brand new arena apparently required a battle with flying fists and swinging legs, simply Cormier doesnt do operating fists and swinging legs. Hes a wrestler, an Olympian. His best weapon is fighting. And so on Saturday night, against a stellar he has never push, weighing 10 pounds little, he did the smart happening. He wrestled. The more he fought the more the arena fitted with boos.
I cant truly 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. People dont understand the situation I had this week.
By agreeing to fight Silva, Cormier was in awful outlook. He was taking on a great champion who is immensely popular and too someone who has not officially won a UFC fight in four years, who is two months removed from gallbladder surgery and hasnt studied since. Silva, he knew, would fight with nature. That crusading would induce devotees who longed for an unnerve and it would see Cormier a criminal. He couldnt prevail, even when he did.
Silva never had a the expectations of succes in the octagon. Cormier basically attracted him off his feet, pinned him to the matting and sat on him for three rounds while frequently punching him about the president. The devotees did not enjoy identifying their hero considered this poorly even if it was the right tactic for Cormier to employ. They perhaps didnt are well aware that Joness positive experiment 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 going $2.5 m despite not having opposed 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 assist him prepare for Jones, he was still over weight, 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 wonts and routine. He dislikes interruptions to his procedure.
I went out there and fought, there are lots of people who wouldnt do that, he said. The danger versus the honor was not in my advantage, honestly.
The reward was watching the man he drummed soundly being treated like the win. Silva himself knew he was likely stepping into a demolish but he said he wanted to objection himself, which is why he called the UFC and is necessary to supersede 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 rumble gang and the excite of standing in the octagon, which was the last region he would have imagined being only three days before. He proposed a few knocks at his antagonist but it was fruitless; Cormier easily took him down.
Stand them up! the love sung at the umpire. He did so formerly, to a huge roar, 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 day?
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