With a fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez, out of the question, a showdown with Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones out of reach and an eliminator match against 205-pound No. 1-ranked contender, Alexander Gustafsson, too far away (literally), Daniel Cormier painted himself into a serious corner.
And, perhaps, into a clash against his fellow FOX Sports 1 UFC analyst, Rashad Evans.
That's right, "Suga" was on "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening to discuss his shellacking of another broadcast contemporary, and active mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Chael Sonnen, this past weekend (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013) at UFC 167 (watch full video highlights here).
Once the conversation transitioned from recap to possible preview, Evans revealed that he "heard" it through the grapevine that his next fight might come against Cormier, an undefeated Heavyweight fighter who will next make his 205-pound debut to avoid a future fight against his good friend, student and training partner, the aforementioned Velasquez.
That's probably not the most desirable match up, but there are few others who make sense.
"D.C." could have had it another way, against Gustaffson, but he didn't feel comfortable making the cut overseas. He suggested that bouts against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis would be acceptable, but qualified his statement with whoever his next opponent turns out to be, he wants "a guy who is a contender."
Evans, now riding back-to-back victories over Dan Henderson and Sonnen -- who also happens to be a former Light Heavyweight champion -- certainly fits that bill.
Whether he, or Evans, like it or not.