Silva agreed to fight Cormier on short notice, following Jon Jones removal from the card due to a potential anti-doping violation. “DC” turned to his vaunted wrestling game for much of the fight, and worked his way to a unanimous decision win. There were fans, however, who didn’t care for Cormier’s approach, and let him know it during and after the non-title fight.
Well, recently Lawler was asked to weigh-in on Cormier’s performance, and here is some of what the welterweight champ had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It wasn’t a crowd favorite-type fight, but Anderson Silva is a crafty individual,” Lawler said. “You talk about a guy who studied martial arts for the longest time, he’s a standup fighter who even at his age is very crafty, still has one-punch power, one-kick power. He did what he had to do to get the victory.”
“The fans wanted to see something different,” Lawler added “They’re not the ones going in there getting punched and kicked… But Daniel needs to put food on his family’s table as long as possible and he got the victory.”
Yup. It’s pretty hard to argue with Lawler here. Silva has passed his prime, but he is still ridiculously dangerous, as evidenced by the liver kick he landed in round three. So, the idea that Cormier should have ‘banged’ is absurd. In addition, Cormier stayed busy from the top position.
Was it an awesome fight? Nope. But we’ve certainly seen much worse.