Recently the UFC threw many pundits and fans for a loop, when Dana White announced that Alexander Gustafssson, and not Ryan Bader, will challenge Daniel Cormier next. Although the latter has made headlines in recent weeks, on account of his ‘disagreements’ with Bader, Cormier admits he feels bad for his rival…
Yes, since Bader has won four straight fights, is ranked #3 at 205, and originally was booked to fight Cormier on June 6th, most folks believed he was next in line for a title shot. Cormier was one of them.
But, evidently the UFC has elected to go with Gustafsson, despite the fact the renowned fighter is coming off a stoppage loss to Anthony Johnson in January (who Cormier beat last month to become champ).
“Honestly, I do I feel bad for him,” Cormier said. “You know what that almost tells me, honestly? It almost doesn’t matter what he does in any situation regardless of what’s going on, it will be hard for him to get a title fight.
“Because if there was a situation where he was going to get one, this would be it.”
Sure, reading between the lines here, one might conclude that Cormier is taking another poke here at Bader, but it is surprising that the UFC’s going this route. Now does mean a lot of fans aren’t excited to see Gustafsson throw down with Cormier later this year? No. No, it doesn’t.
Cormier also added in the interview that he’s hoping to face Gustafsson sometime in the fall, possibly in October. The decorated wrestler said he’d like to fight “The Mauler” on October 3rd at the UFC’s card in Houston.