Following the unfortunate removal of Jon Jones from the UFC 200 championship main event due to a potential USADA anti-doping violation, Daniel Cormier finds himself possibly missing out on competing in arguably the greatest UFC card in history. After the announcement of Jones removal however, Dana White hinted that an opponent for Cormier was not off the table just yet.
During a Las Vegas press conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that a new opponent for Cormier hadn’t been ruled out.
“Maybe someone will pop up and fight Cormier at the last minute,” White said. “Stranger things have happened.”
Not long after the announcement, a handful of capable fighters made their desires to compete against the current Light Heavyweight champion known. Most notably Gegard Mousasi and top ranked Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustaffson.
Gustaffson, who gave out an apparent timeline last night might be too far away to be considered the actual replacement. Gegard Mousasi however may be the favorite to be awarded this fight. After all, he’s already in Vegas getting set to compete against Thiago Santos in the UFC Fight Pass preliminary portion of Saturday nights card.
Gegard Mousasi has competed for a good portion of his career at Light Heavyweight. He has won Light Heavyweight gold in both DREAM and Strikeforce and holds wins in that division against the likes of Evangelista Santos, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Sokoudjou, Hector Lombard, Ilir Latifi, Mike Kyle, and Ovince St. Preux.
Cormier and Co. stand to lose quite the paycheck should they miss out on competing on this historic card. With all variables considered it would appear Gegard Mousasi is the best potential candidate to come into this bout and face the current 205 lb champion.