Daniel Cormier Reacts To Concerns Of Biased Commentary At UFC 254
Former two-division UFC Champion Daniel Cormier is addressing concerns of biased commentary.
Cormier will be in the booth for UFC 254 this Saturday, October 24. Headlining the card will be a lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov is in search of his third successful title defense. He’ll also improve his pro MMA record to 29-0 if he can defeat Gaethje.
There is some concern over biased commentary as Cormier was a sparring partner of Khabib’s and the two are friends. Speaking to media members out in Abu Dhabi, Cormier responded to those worries (via MMAFighting.com).
“As I move into the second phase of my life, it’s my job. It wasn’t a decision made on a whim. It was a lot of people asking can Daniel do his job, and for me, I’ve called Islam Makhachev fights, I’ve called Deron Winn fights, and I feel like I stayed down the middle as best I could. So I figured I could do it.
“It’s tough, because Khabib’s been there now for eight years at AKA, and we’ve seen him rise from the very beginning, but I’ve got a job to do, and that’s what I’m going to do Saturday.”
Nurmagomedov and Cormier wasted little time getting chummy on Yas Island. The two were seen doing some light grappling in a hotel lobby. Gaethje has said he wants to mess up Cormier’s plans of seeing Nurmagomedov emerge victorious.
This is Gaethje’s chance to become an undisputed UFC champion for the first time in his career. “The Highlight” has said that despite holding interim gold, he doesn’t feel like a true champion unless he defeats Nurmagomedov.