Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. If Daniel Cormier (pictured) can’t beat Anthony Johnson, who has turned into an absolute beast since settling in at 205-pounds, Saturday to capture the vacant UFC light heavyweight title, then he may never be a bride in the UFC.
Cormier admitted two years ago that his window to win a world title on MMA’s grandest stage was slowly closing given his advanced age. When the opportunity to finally presented itself, Cormier laid an egg. In fact, he stunk up the MGM Grand Garden Arena so badly that he even left himself in tears.
His highly-anticipated showdown with then-champ Jon Jones turned into a one-sided shootout. Jones manhandled Cormier, even beating the former Olympic wrestler at his own game by planting Cormier on his back whenever he pleased.
Cormier was handed his first profession defeat just four months ago, but thanks to “Bones'” latest bonehead move, “DC” finds himself right back in a title tilt just one fight removed from the most embarrassing performance of his MMA career.
Cormier’s job isn’t on the line if he loses to Johnson, but it is likely a must-win from a bling-bling standpoint. If Cormier can’t tumble “Rumble,” there is no chance he’ll find himself in another championship affair in the near future after losing two straight scraps for the strap.
When you’re already 36 years of age, any goals beyond “the near future” isn’t reasonable in a young man’s sport – particularly when you compete in one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
A change of scenery back to heavyweight with a loss is a possibility, especially since Cormier left Strikeforce as their Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, but Cormier has made it abundantly clear that he will never fight reigning UFC heavyweight champ and teammate Cain Velasquez.
So, this can really only go one of two ways for Cormier: He topples Johnson and finally captures the ever-elusive crown, or he loses and becomes the 205-pound gatekeeper.
Cormier better turn into Bridezilla if he intends to beat Beast Mode. Otherwise, he’ll never be wearing white at a wedding.