Second of the World to Hold Two UFC Title Belts Simultaneously
Two-division world champion Daniel Cormier surely worked hard to be hailed as one of the most excellent fighters in history. But before his UFC 226 fight against former heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic, he’s always considered as an ‘underdog’ in MMA.
Now, UFC President Dana White thinks DC has been underestimated for a long time and this recent victory should earn him more than the title itself.
During a post-fight interview at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, White said:
“I think that what this does is, (it) finally gives him the respect that he deserves.”
One of the Best of All Time
On this same presser, White says the 39-year-old fighter can be considered as “one of the best of all time” after his UFC 226 victory.
Truly enough, Cormier has been on the receiving end of criticisms and low expectations on his fight against Miocic. Oddsmakers gave him a 205+ betting odds before the match and more people thought Miocic, tagged as UFC’s greatest heavyweight champion, will redefend his heavyweight belt for the fourth time against DC.
White did a recollection on Cormier’s MMA career before giving such remark, nothing but an impressive 21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC record. He wrote his name on UFC’s history book by defeating Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at first-round knock out in Saturday’s pay-per-view main card.
The Cormier vs Jones Chronicles
Many MMA fans look down at Cormier for losing his first light heavyweight fight to a decision against Jon Jones, who was later stripped off for testing positive of steroids. In July 2017, the pair did a rematch where Jones regained the title, but ending up overturned when Jones failed another drug test.
Despite being a remarkable fighter for being undefeated in the heavyweight division before stepping down to light heavyweight, Cormier’s name seemed to become somewhat attached to Jones’.
Here’s White on the Jones-Cormier narrative:
“Jon Jones is, in my opinion, if not the, one of the greatest of all time – could be the... The potential that Jon Jones had, who knows what he could have done at heavyweight and everything else. So (Cormier’s) got the shadow of Jon Jones.”
That is until Cormier seizes the belt Miocic has been defending for some time. Surely enough, this victory should earn DC higher-than-before level of respect for now being an ‘authentic’ champion. No reversed decision on the use of performance-enhancing drugs on this one, just a legitimate right jab knock-out.
Watch the entirety of White’s statement in this footage:
“He’s got a lot more power than he gets credit for. When he goes in against somebody, wrestling, the slam that he had on Dan Henderson … to do that to a guy like Dan Henderson? Holy (expletive). He’s just such a well-rounded, incredible human being.”