Lets face it 2016 has pretty much sucked for most people, but it really has been a bad year for UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier.
2015 ended on a high for DC , finishing as top of the pile in the Light-Heavyweight division, after beating Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in may, then ending his year in October with a successful defense against Alexander Gustafsson.
But that’s where it would all go wrong for DC. He was due to face the returning Jon ‘Bones’ Jones in April, but a foot injury kept the champ out of the bout at UFC 197, forcing Ovince Saint-Preux to step in and face Jones.
The match was rescheduled for UFC 200, and all seemed to be going well, the champ had the fight he wanted, the fans had the fight they wanted, and Jones looked to be on his way to redeeming himself to the fans and the UFC as a whole.
But on a fateful Thursday night after a packed crowd left the MGM arena in Las Vegas, after seeing Eddie Alvarez beat Rafael Dos Anjos for the Lightweight championship, news started to trickle through that Jones had failed an out of competition USADA test, and was out of the fight with Cormier.
Who can forget that Embedded video clip of UFC President Dana White telling DC that Jones had failed his test. A tearful DC thinking he was out of the biggest event of the year so far (UFC 205 in New York would surpass that!), even telling White he would sign a waiver to fight Jones.
Two days out from the biggest PPV of the year, and DC had no opponent, lost Main Event status on the card, and looked to lose a payday! But up steps possibly the greatest of all time Anderson ‘Spider’ Silva!! With 2 days notice Silva stepped in t save the day, to a much relived Cormier.
DC would go on to win the bout, albeit not in a popular way with some of the fans in attendance at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but he got the job done, by taking Silva to the ground and keeping him there for the 3 rounds.
Now it was onto a first title defense since the previous October, and after a win over Glover Teixera, it was time for the rematch!! Daniel Cormier vs Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was set for UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 10th!
But disaster was to strike again for DC, as with just over 2 weeks left until the event, it was confirmed that DC was injured, and would be out of his headline bout with Rumble, and on Fight Night Melbourne, UFC Commentator Jon Anik, alongside Dan Hardy, confirmed that Cormier had suffered muscle damage to his groin.
The year will certainly leave a sour taste in his mouth, and through no fault of his own, injuries happen, its part of the sport, and was he meant to babysit Jones?? Cormier will leave 2016 with 2 injuries that have kept him out of big fights, and his only fight will not go down long in the memories of fans.
Here’s hoping 2017 brings a better fortune for the champ, and he finally gets his fight against Rumble, and the UFC fans get to see the belt on the line again.