Perhaps Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) might have wanted to check with Daniel Cormier before declaring, "there will be no replacement fight" for him at UFC 170 after he lost his dance partner, Rashad Evans, earlier this evening to a leg injury.
It's hard to blame the promotion, though, considering the pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, is little more than one week away. Surely, that wasn't logically enough time to locate a meaningful Light Heavyweight replacement to welcome "DC" to the 205-pound division.
More important, it was seemingly asking just a bit too much of Cormier -- who is making his mixed martial arts (MMA) Light Heavyweight debut -- to take a risk on a last-minute, unknown replacement.
Funny that the game Cormier knew exactly who to tag on Twitter.com in his social plea for a new opponent. Not so funny, considering Sonnen already volunteered when news broke and then, unofficially, agreed to meet "DC" in "Sin City" to (again) help save the day and, possibly, collect an unexpected paycheck.
Of course, nothing is even close to official at this time. In addition to being the most vociferous and opportunistic fighter on UFC's roster, he's also currently serving as "coach" on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3," which is taping in South America, opposite arch enemy Wanderlei Silva.
It's hard to imagine, barring injury, that a short-notice fight with Cormier would take the wind out of that full sail. UFC President Dana White even recently boasted that the intense rivalry needed little, if any, promotional and/or marketing support. And very few would likely protest even though Sonnen has dropped three of his last four Octagon appearances because his competition has comprised a slew of former/current champions.
It certainly beats the empty alternative.
Nonetheless, UFC seems intent on relying on women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who takes on Sara McMann, in the main event to carry to the show. But, it might be hard to resist if Cormier and Sonnen are both truly down to scrap on short notice, even if the pair are good friends and fellow analysts on FOX Sports 1.
Business is business. And Chael Sonnen, if nothing else, has proved -- unlike Anthony Johnson -- that he is good for business win, lose or dreaded draw.