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.
cain was suppose to bulldoze through denis stojnic too and while he dominated him the fact that it took 2 rounds had mma fans hissing.Same thing here, to be honest wasnt impressed and yeah it did hurt his momentum but a win is a win.If he beats mir in any fashion this performance is forgotten.
To Live is 2 suffer, 2 survive? well that is 2 find meaning in the suffering