Cormier Talks Rockhold Training Oezdemir
Daniel Cormier will be defending his light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir at Saturday’s UFC 220, in his fourth title defense. And while Cormier seems to be steadfast and focused for this fight in Boston, he is missing a familiar presence in his corner, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
Cormier and Rockhold were training partners at the American Kickboxing Academy, but in 2017, Rockhold began training in Florida with Henri Hooft. Rockhold explained the move was his need for something new in his training. The move away from all accounts was amicable, but now Rockhold finds himself training with the light heavyweight challenger Oezdemir, who is opposing his longtime friend.
Speaking recently on a Facebook Q & A, Cormier dismissed any idea of Rockhold giving Oezdemir any training secrets to use against the champion, saying that Rockhold doesn’t have any to give because Rockhold could never beat him in the first place.
“Luke training with my opponent?” joked Cormier?
“Meh. It doesn’t matter, Luke can’t really help him. Luke can’t beat me!” Cormier said before laughing. “What’s Luke going to teach him?”
While Cormier was being light hearted during the Facebook Q&A, Cormier while on Fox Sports 1’s UFC Tonight, called Rockhold “an innocent bystander” and that he respects Rockhold’s decision to leave AKA.
“You know he’s not telling him any secrets,” said Cormier.
“Luke’s an innocent bystander in this thing. I know that it seems odd that he’s training at a new gym, but he needed to. I’m always doing TV, Cain’s been injured, so we’re away. His training situation has changed and it was very brave of him to make the move to find a better spot for himself.”