For those of you who are unaware, Daniel Cormier relinquished the light heavyweight championship at UFC 214 a couple of weeks back. The loss culminated in an epic-knockout by beloved UFC fighter and notable bad boy, Jon Jones—all of which was caught on an overhead camera and shared endlessly on social media. The footage isn't so much sensitive in nature (it is boxing after all) as it is devastating to those in support of Cormier. It's important to remember that Daniel has faced a great deal of adversity in his life and with that, this loss emotes greater feelings of sympathy from his fans. As per Deapspin—
"He has overcome tragedy in his personal life, from his father’s murder to the death of his three-month-old daughter in a car accident. Cormier is a grinder, the epitome of the hard worker who shows up to work every day and tries to better himself, no matter the toll it takes. He’s the team captain and unquestioned leader at the American Kickboxing Academy, a gym full of hard, battle-tested fighters with decades of combined experience. He coaches youth wrestling and gives heartfelt, inspirational speeches about the importance of hard work and perseverance. It might seem corny, but it’s not an act. Cormier genuinely believes this stuff."
In contrast, Jones has much more of a sordid past. I mean, here at FHM alone we've covered both his drug and alcohol use at length, but I guess it just goes to show that sometimes the bad guy pulls through in the end—audiences do love a villain, amirite? Regardless, it was an epic match to watch and definitely deserves the attention it continues to receive.
This story has made an even greater turn for the worst, at least for Cormier, as he comes forward in his first interview since the knockout. Well, wait, that's not exactly true! F'in Joe Rogan decided to have a post-knockout interview with Cormier — you know, because nothing says, "let's chat!" like a swift kick to the head. Poor Daniel was then mocked for having cried during that exchange, an exchange of which he has ZERO recollection of. According to MMA Fighting —
"I don’t remember leaving the Octagon. I’m missing probably 10 minutes. I mean, if I can’t remember 10 minutes, I’m pretty sure I had a concussion. I just don’t recall those 10 minutes and I’m not exactly sure that I’m ever going to get that time back."