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Ode to Daniel Cormier, the Placeholder Champ

Ode to Daniel Cormier, the Placeholder Champ

Daniel Cormier has accomplished so much in the sport that he’s surely carved out his own little notch in the tree of history. He was the best in Strikeforce, and as the owner of the UFC’s light-heavyweight belt, he was the best in the Octagon. Well, actually, he was never quite the best – not with his nemesis Jon Jones still in the picture. You see, Jones was the first man to hand Cormier a loss in the cage. And after last night’s knockout via kick to the head, Jones beat Cormier even more soundly in the rematch.

Cormier was great. Remains great. But he was only ever a placeholder champ, keeping the belt warm while Jones dealt with suspension after suspension and fought his personal demons outside of the Octagon.

After his UFC 214 loss, Cormier was awash in tears, and rightly so. Former champ Frank Mir summed it up nicely in a tweet:

Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

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