At UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, Daniel Cormier delivered to all his fans, while proving his critics wrong by becoming the new UFC light heavyweight champion by defeating Anthony Johnson. Needless to say, Cormier was ecstatic to finally become a champion, which was his second chance since he lost his first title attempt at the hands of Jon Jones at UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier.
However, there is probably one other time Daniel Cormier may have celebrated just as ecstatically as the time he won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. That was when Seth Rollins won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 31.
For those who do not know, Daniel Cormier is a huge wrestling fan, an interest he shares with fellow MMA fighters Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey, and Elias Theodorou. Anyways, Cormier was in attendance at Wrestlmania 31 which took place on March 29, 2015, in Santa Clara, California, in Levi’s Stadium. The main event pitted the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Brock Lesnar, against the number one contender, Roman Reigns. Reigns earned the opportunity to battle Lesnar for the belt at the “Grandest Stage of them All” by outlasting 29 other WWE superstars at WWE Royal Rumble. This was his opportunity to be written as an immortal.
Though it is unknown what Daniel Cormier’s feelings were for the main event, we do know he was ecstatic when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. MMA Fighting was first to showcase Cormier’s delight, shown in the video attached below.
It is quite amazing to see Daniel Cormier’s attitude change once Seth Rollins entered the fray, which was minimally detailed by MMA News. When Seth Rollins cashed in Money in the Bank during Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar turning it into a triple threat match, Cormier showed excitement. That was replaced with disbelief and concern when Lesnar countered Rollins’s Curb Stomp into the setup for the F-5. Eventually, Cormier exploded with cheers once Rollins pinned Reigns to win the coveted title.
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