When Daniel Cormier steps foot in the octagon again, it won’t be against Alexander Gustafsson. In a tweet Sunday night, the UFC heavyweight champion made that very clear.
“Dear Alex, I don’t know what happened to you going back to the [Luke] Rockhold situation. You have always been a stand up guy but your behavior changed. From calling a guy out the day after he got knocked out, to now offering to fight me knowing I have a broken hand, after Volkan couldn’t go. Now you’ve turned down Jan, turned down Khalil all the while calling for a heavyweight title fight. Now, moments after Anthony Smith does his work like an animal you decide you’re hurt. Man, I respect you as a fighter. I will always be grateful for October 2015, but you and I won’t share the octagon again. … You are so entitle, man, I can’t deal with delusional people. Good luck recovering. Our time has passed. See you from the commentary table. DC.”
Smith would offer to fight Gustafsson on short notice at UFC 227 on August 4. But minutes after the call out, per MMAJunkie.com’s John Morgan, Gustafsson would drop out. So Cormier may have a point here.
Nevertheless, DC doesn’t have to prove anything anymore. His only professional MMA loss is to someone (Jon Jones) who cheats. He probably has a date with Brock Lesnar next year. He’s one of the greatest MMA fighters off all-time. With the way he keeps winning, maybe arguably the greatest ever.
Back in October of 2015, Cormier put his light heavyweight title on the line against Gustafsson. He won via split decision, defending his belt for the first time. Meanwhile, ‘The Mauler’ holds a professional record of 18-4. He’s 10-4 in the UFC.
But his days fighting against DC are over whether he likes it or not.