With UFC 205 acting as something of an MMA black hole at the minute and sucking in the entire attention span of fans in spite of there being a Pay-Per-View on this Saturday, the UFC may want to get to work on Pay-Per-Views after 205.
One surefire way to pique audience interest in an event is to have a belt on the line. And in Daniel Cormier’s case, he appears happy to provide his for a potential fight at UFC 206.
This is after a Twitter exchange where a fan put the question to the Light Heavyweight, who has not defended his belt since all the way back in October of last year. This is, of course, not his fault as he was due to defend it at UFC 200 in July and would have but for Jon Jones’ failed drug test.
With UFC 206 being held in Toronto, there is a strong possibility that no matter who Cormier lines up against, his fight will have to play second fiddle to Georges St-Pierre’s rumoured comeback. This would likely not bother Cormier too much though as if anything, it would mean he would be receiving a bigger payday than if he were headlining a more mundane card.
One only has to study the figures for the UFC’s all-time highest selling Pay-Per-Views to see that events where Georges St-Pierre features often surpass 800,000 and even 900,000 buys. So it makes sense for Cormier to be happy to want to have his next contest on the same card. Whatever reduction he would incur in his signing-on fee would likely be more than compensated for by the additional Pay-Per-View income he would receive.
That just leaves the small task of finding an opponent. It would seem for all the world that Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson would be the likely candidate. He defeated Glover Teixeira in just 13 seconds at UFC 202 so as well as being a viable candidate, he is a fresh one having not sustained any discernible damage in that brief encounter.
The shadow of Jon Jones still hangs over the Light Heavyweight division but it would seem next to impossible for the 29-year-old New Yorker to be gifted a title shot if and when he is reinstated. With fans as well as Dana White furious with Jones for causing the cancellation of the main event of the by-and-large underwhelming UFC 200, no one appears to be on his side at this point.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena
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