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Daniel Cormier Grinds His Way To A Win Over Anderson Silva, But Fans Were Left Very Unhappy

The impromptu light heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva failed to live up to the fleeting hopes of the crowd in attendance at UFC 200.


The non-title match-up was necessitated by the forced withdrawal of Jon Jones courtesy of his failed USADA drug test.

Jon Jones cries as he speaks during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel
Jon Jones cries as he speaks during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel

Former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva stepped up on just 48 hours notice for a three round contest, but fell short in his attempt to upset DC.

Silva was never going to beat the dominant wrestler by decision, so his hopes rested on stopping Cormier on the feet. The American had other ideas, and smothered his foe on the ground for the majority of the fight, much to the chagrin of the baying masses.

The bloodlust led to booing throughout – not a good look during a key part of the UFC’s biggest event to date, leading to much ridicule of the crowd’s conduct from more measured observers.

More general discussion centred on Cormier’s questionable performance, and what was perhaps a missed opportunity for the embattled Jon Jones.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.