Alexander Gustafsson's out, Cormier's in.
Jon Jones is fighting nonetheless.
That means that Cormier will finally get the chance to back up each and every word he's been spitting in Jones' direction since "DC" made his promotional debut no more than one year ago.
Now while that doesn't seem like enough time to go from beating Dion Staring to challenging the best mixed martial artist in the world, Cormier's skill set gives him the tools capable of forcing Bones into making a deadly mistake.
However, until Cormier's hand is actually raised at UFC 178, we're forced to take his hunger with a grain of salt.
Hunger isn't even the right word to describe Gustafsson's feelings toward the light heavyweight crown.
It should be more like obsession. Or even the sense of loss that swells over you when your favorite toy is stolen on the playground.
For the Swede, the title that Jones currently holds is his. For him, he did enough at UFC 165 to knock off one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
Heck, many of us still share his heartbreak.
Regardless, The Mauler stands as the only man to bring Jones to the absolute brink. If he can get his hands on the champ one more time, "his" title may actually become just that.