He wouldn't have lost relevance if he had lost, but I don't think he did himself any favors with his performance. However, this was just a bad fight for him to take at this junction of his career because the expectations are set way too high for a guy that's a 20:1 favorite. Cormier would have had to perform a Mortal Kombat Fatality on Staring to impress people.
Well no one else stepped up so who is he surposed to fight.
Diaz..Edgar.. Cormier.. Cain.. Mir.. Overeem.. Jon Jones