Rockhold Gives Update on Cormier
Tears filled Daniel Cormier’s eyes at the end of UFC 214 back on July 29. Cormier was competing in a heavily anticipated UFC Light Heavyweight Championship rematch against bitter rival Jon Jones, and Cormier was knocked out in the third round.
Following the bout, Cormier, filled with emotion and possibly concussed, stated that if Jones won both bouts, then there is no rivalry.
The loss still haunts Cormier’s mind, losing his title to his biggest rival in one of the biggest bouts of his life. But American Kickboxing Academy teammate Luke Rockhold says Cormier’s “spirits are coming back.”
“He’s sulking a bit, but his spirits are coming back,” Rockhold said. “And I think he’s got his family, he’s got everything going for him, so he’s got a bright future with anything he wants to do. Cormier is a sharp guy with a lot of things going on, so we’ll see. We’ll see where it all falls.”
Cormier has released a statement since the loss, thanking his fans for their support. But Rockhold says Cormier just needs some more time to recover from the defeat.
“I think, like anything, that was a big stage, that was a big moment, and it was a big fall,” Rockhold said. “So give him some time, the guy’s got a big heart and he’s got a lot of things going for him. So, time heals all.”
Rockhold returns to the UFC for the first time in over a year on Sept. 16, when he takes on David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night from Pittsburgh.
Original story: Bloody Elbow