Daniel Cormier To Bader: Don't Try To Cut in Line

Published on May 20th, 2015 7:48 pm EST

On Saturday night, Daniel Cormier will step into the Octagon to do battle with Anthony Johnson, with the winner of that fight set to walk away with the vacant Light Heavyweight title. Following his hit-and-run arrest earlier in the year, former Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones was stripped of the title and indefinitely suspended by the UFC.

There weren't too many people who were complaining about Cormier getting the title shot, despite the fact that he lost to Jones in his last fight. The general consensus was that there was nobody else in the division who deserved a shot at the title more than Cormier.

Ryan Bader, however, disagrees vehemently with that notion.

Bader and Cormier were originally scheduled to fight in New Orleans before the situation with Jon Jones went down. After Jones was pulled from the fight, Bader and his team lobbied the UFC for the title shot. The UFC eventually elected to give the shot to Daniel Cormier.

Bader, unsurprisingly, was not too happy but largely kept his mouth shut. That was, however, until Daniel Cormier went public and said that Bader "tried to cut in front of him" for a title shot. This inflamed Bader and a Twitter beef between Ryan and Cormier quickly broke out.

Cormier's contention is that nobody is more deserving of a shot at Anthony Johnson than he is, despite the fact that he lost in a title fight in his very last fight. Bader, however, notes that Cormier hasn't beaten anybody in the top 10 in the division and can't really lay claim to anything. Ryan Bader is currently 4-0 in his last four fights, with wins over Phil Davis, Ovince Saint Preux, Rafael Cavalcante and Anthony Perosh.

Daniel Cormier, on the other hand, is 4-1 since entering the UFC, with wins over Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson.

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One thing is for sure - with Jon Jones out for a lengthy period of time, Ryan Bader is probably the only logical title contender in the Light Heavyweight division following the Cormier/Johnson fight.


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