And just when you thought you were going to see the biggest rematch in the UFC this year, the MMA gods had bigger plans in store for you. They laughed at your wanting and wishing, they scoffed at your feeling of entitlement and they crushed your dreams of an encore. But don’t worry my fans and friends. When all seemed lost and engulfed by the darkness, a new challenger rose from the shadows, worthy of taking on the pound for pound best in the world and that new challenger is Daniel Cormier.
The highly anticipated rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson was just a couple months away when news came out of Gustafsson’s camp that the challenger had injured himself and had to pull out of the fight.
It seemed as if UFC 178’s main event was done for and that UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva were going to have to go back to the drawing board.
Luckily for them it doesn’t take long to draw an undefeated Olympic wrestler with championship aspirations.
Almost immediately after the Gustafsson injury was announced so was his replacement.
Stepping in to fill Gustafsson’s shoes September 27, at the MGM grand arena is Daniel Cormier.
And just like that we can all breath a sigh of relief and now get excited all over again.
This fight has all the ingredients for a more intriguing bout than the Jones versus Gustafsson match up. Just hear me out.
We have already seen Jones and Gustafsson duke it out for five rounds in a very close fight that merits a rematch. But we have not seen Jones fight Cormier and that idea of unpredictability and new challenges that will force Jones to reach into his never ending bag of tricks, is much more exciting
Also, Jones has never fought a mixed martial artist who is as decorated a wrestler as Cormier. Usually Jones has the advantage in the grappling department, which helps Jones dictate where the fight goes, but against Cormier, that gamelan will have to be thrown out the window.
If you think Jones size advantage will deter Cormier, you must keep in mind that Cormier was beating up heavyweights before he finally dropped down to light heavyweight to contend for a title. Cormier has beaten the likes of Josh Barnett, Bigfoot Silva, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, all big men, much bigger then Cormier.
Cormier brings a whole new set of problems for Jones to handle, and for the fight fans he also brings a breath of fresh air.
It’s not to say that the rematch wasn’t an exciting thought but many people feel that Cormier deserves a shot now more than anyone and that with his age (35), Cormier’s chances at a title may be dwindling.
Add on top of that the bitter twitter quarrel between the two fighters before they ever knew they were going to fight and you have yourselves a match up between two men at the top of the game that really don’t like each other.
That my friends, I will pay top dollar for.