The newly-crowned champ-champ took to his official Instagram to make it very clear to the world that his old foe Alexander Gustafsson will not feature in his plans for the future.
The UFC’s 205lb division received something of a kick after last night’s UFC Hamburg. Sure, the event itself was a drag, but in main and co-main event victors Corey Anderson and Anthony Smith – we may have seen two new contenders emerge in a weight-class that had become stagnant in recent times.
The younger lions proved to be too much for their more battle-hardened adversaries but in the eyes of most who watch the sport, only one man can be considered the finest light-heavyweight challenger on the planet.
Alexander Gustafsson rebounded from his mid-career slump with a truly memorable victory against Glover Teixeira in his last outing and while he has most definitely singled himself out as the divisional #1, the uncertainty over the champion Daniel Cormier’s future has made his own status unclear.
The Swede may well have lost his best shot at getting himself another crack at DC, though, after leaving the champ unimpressed following some of his rather public callouts of late.
Cormier, who now sits as the heavyweight champion of the UFC, closed the door on a rematch with ‘The Mauler’ in a statement he posted to his official Instagram page yesterday.
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Dear Alex, I don’t know what happened to you going back to the Rockhold situation. You have always been a stand up guy but your behavior changed. From calling a guy out the day after he got knocked out, to now offering to fight me knowing I have a broken hand, after Volkan couldn’t go. Now you’ve turned down Jan, turned down Khalil all while calling for a heavyweight title fight. Now, moments after Anthony Smith does his work like an animal you decide you’re hurt. Man, I respect you as a fighter. I will always be grateful for October 2015, but you and I won’t share the octagon again. I am disappointed in who you’ve become. You are so entitled, man, I can’t deal with delusional people. Good luck recovering. Our time has passed. See you from the commentary table. DC @alexthemauler #wegoourseparateways
Their original meeting was an instant classic and a testament to the fighting spirit of both men but with time now ticking on the former Olympian’s career – we may never get the opportunity to see them run it back.
October 2015 we fought. Since that fight I’ve fought ANDERSON, rumble , Jones, volkan and stipe. He’s fought Jan and Glover. Come on man. What the hell https://t.co/UPvFDcCTuu
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 23, 2018
For Gus, the belt at 205lbs is well and truly there for the taking, though, and with the UFC’s tendency to strip titles as a consequence of inactivity, his next outing could see him finally reach the peak many had predicted he would for years.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena