LAS VEGAS — Daniel Cormier is the guy who got screwed by the late bombshell that rocked UFC 200, decided to fight anyway, had his paycheck slashed in half, didn’t complain about it, won every round against an all-time legend — and still got booed.
Cormier, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight champion, beat aging mixed martial arts superstar Anderson Silva on Saturday night, dominating all three rounds of their non-title fight to win 30-26 on all three scorecards.
Yet neither Cormier’s performance nor his stoic nature in the face of the Jon Jones positive drug that ruined his week was enough to prevent the T-Mobile Arena crowd from pouring verbal vitriol on the 37-year-old former Olympic wrestler.
Fans of the UFC have taken it upon themselves to paint Cormier as one of the company’s chief villains, for reasons that are not altogether clear. Away from the octagon Cormier is unfailingly polite, humorous, passionate about his career and has been through unspeakable tragedy, most significantly the death of an infant daughter 13 years ago.