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Despite boos, Daniel Cormier’s plan was to avoid ‘catastrophic’ loss

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To call the UFC 200 fight week volatile, unfair, or difficult for UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier would be putting it mildly. Cormier was at first scheduled to fight Jon Jones, only to have Anderson Silva fill in on roughly 24 hours notice as a substitute after going through a period of uncertainty about whether he’d fight at all would be more than most could handle.

Cormier managed to persevere, taking a unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. To do it, however, he had to resort to his wrestling prowess, something many of the fans in attendance didn’t appreciate, as evidenced by their noticeable chorus of boos.

“I can’t really pay attention to that anymore,” Cormier said of the jeering. “The first time it happened, I kinda got angry. I was upset. I tried to explain it. It didn’t make any sense, but now I can’t really try and dictate people’s emotions. I can only take care of what I can take care of.

“People don’t understand the situation that I’ve been in over the course of this last week,” he noted. “For me to go out there and get a victory over someone like Anderson Silva, that’s enough for me.”

Now that the week is over, the champion reflected on the moment at UFC 200’s post-fight press conference. In trying to articulate his mindset, all Cormier could do was explain the wild swings of fortune, emotions and opportunities. He also was effusive with praise for his last-minute opponent, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Perhaps just as much, he recognized his no-win predicament and why he couldn’t risk doing more than what he did.

“A lot of relief,” he said of his feeling post fight. “It was a very difficult week. It was ….View full article

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