You always remember your first. No matter how hard Daniel Cormier (pictured) tries, he’ll never be able to forget his first.
After 16 professional fights, Cormier finally suffered his first defeat in his last outing. However, it wasn’t just a loss, it was a landslide loss of epic proportions.
Cormier not only came up short of capturing the ever-elusive UFC light heavyweight title, but he was trounced by mortal enemy Jon Jones. “Bones” absolutely manhandled Cormier, even beating the former Olympic wrestler at his own game.
Despite having another chance to capture the crown by beating Anthony Johnson Saturday at UFC 187, Cormier can’t erase what Jones did to him from is memory, or the permanent mark “Bones” left in his loss column. That humbling experience is what fuels Cormier to right the wrong.
“I know I can be beat now,” Cormier admitted on UFC Tonight. “As you guys know, I always talked about my zero on my record. That’s not there anymore. I understand that anything can happen in the Octagon if I’m not on my game. I’m more focused, with realization anything can happen in the Octagon.”
The feeling of helplessness Jones inflicted on him is another thing Cormier doesn’t want to forget. With the assistance of teammate and UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, Cormier is taken into deep waters ever day at practice.
“I love Cain but I hate Cain because I’m trying to get out of the Octagon every time I spar with him because he pushes me so much,” Cormier revealed. “I told him and my trainer to not let me quit. They made me believe in myself and that I can accomplish what I want on Saturday.”
“I believe in myself. I’m smarter knowing that if I don’t do it the right way, Anthony Johnson could just possibly, maybe be champion.”
Johnson could just possibly, maybe be the second person to taint his loss column, as well.