Daniel Cormier admits that he was put in a difficult position when officials signed Anderson Silva to face him at UFC 200 Saturday night.
But the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion came through with a decision win despite all the adversity.
Cormier was originally scheduled to defend his belt and unify the titles against Jon Jones in the main event. After a failed drug test, Jones was removed and the UFC worked quickly to secure a replacement. That turned out to be Silva, a former middleweight champion coming off gallbladder surgery.
“It was very tough, a tough week. I had the highest of highs, and then Jon’s out, then I’m stressing, do I really want to fight? Then they sent Anderson. It’s been eight months since I fought and everything seemed new,” Cormier said. “It’s difficult. Was I supposed to go out and knock him out? It’s Anderson Silva. Sometimes you can do something very detrimental to the success. If he won, I wouldn’t have lost the belt and he would have gone back down to fight (Michael) Bisping for the middleweight championship.”
As for his own future plans, Cormier sees a possible rematch or a new challenge stepping before him next.
“I think it’ll be either Anthony Johnson, who’s looked great since I beat him, or Glover Teixeira – he’s really reinvented himself,” he said.