Daniel Cormier has issued a gutsy response to the news that he will be reinstated as the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion and, like him or not, he makes a very good point in doing so.
Daniel Cormier at one point was so disliked by the fans due to his ‘villain’ role in his rivalry with Jon Jones that those in attendance at media events featuring the pair would boo him viciously as the young superstar across from him stood revelling in their adoration.
It was a strange one, to say the least. Cormier did everything correctly, he was respectful, well-spoken and an elite fighter through and through but unfortunately for him, the man he went up against was Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones.
DC couldn’t catch a break, something that wasn’t helped by a rather drab and calculated UFC 200 win over Anderson Silva on short notice, a fight that earned him some serious disgust from those who had paid their hard-earned money to tune in to what was one of the biggest nights in the sport’s short history.
All of this seemed to change, somewhat, however, during his UFC 214 rematch with Jones this year, a fight in which the former Olympian Cormier proved to the world – or at least the mainstream MMA community – that his grit, intensity and skill made him a competitor of the highest order.
Now, following the news that Jon Jones failed a drug test and has been subsequently stripped of the title he won from Daniel that night, the MMA world has flocked to the side of the man they so often derided before, a strange turn of events given the vicious nature of the fans’ relationship with Cormier in the past.
Daniel Cormier is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion. UFC prez Dana White made the call this PM. First reported by UFC Tonight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 14, 2017
DC responded to his reinstatement in a discussion with Kenny Florian on UFC on FOX and was unapologetic and unashamed to speak candidly on the matter and why in his eyes it was the right thing to do.
“Man you know I lost, I lost the fight. As a competitor that’s how I felt, then Dana White called me today and said, ‘If it’s a no-contest then the fight didn’t happen. One of you guys would have missed weight, he would have won the fight, you would have still kept the belt. Because of that the championship is getting returned to you. The fight is a no-contest.
“If he cheated, he could not have fought and won the fight so once again I’m the UFC champion.
“Now, people will say I got handed the belt but he cheated and the reality is that financially it’s just a big difference if I don’t fight as the champ, as opposed to fighting for the vacant belt, I’m taking the belt.
“He disqualified himself for taking the steroid before the fight so I’m taking the belt back, which is the right thing to do. I’m not only saying that cause it’s me, it’s the right thing to do. You don’t cheat the sport, you don’t cheat the fans, you don’t cheat me.
“You have all of the physical advantages, sir, you’re 30, you’re 6’4 , you got a 85” reach. I’m 38. I would love to take stuff and not have to walk down my stairs sideways.
“Once again this guy has made a mockery of the sport.”
BREAKING: Daniel Cormier says Dana White will reinstate him as UFC light heavyweight champion! Thoughts? https://t.co/Ai6eOUAh07
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 14, 2017
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena