Daniel Cormier Reacts To Criticisms Of UFC 259 Commentary
Daniel Cormier has responded to critics of the commentary team from UFC 259.
UFC 259 took place on March 6. The action was held inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya challenged light heavyweight ruler Jan Blahcowicz. In the end, it was Blachowicz who took the unanimous decision victory.
Some fans were none too pleased with those in the booth. Cormier was a color commentator for the event and took some flak, particularly in the headliner where some fans believed he was biased in favor of Adesanya. The future UFC Hall of Famer took to his Twitter account to respond.
I just rewatched. I don’t agree at all. I was actually speaking to Jan and the times he was successful. I had fight 2-2 going into 5 and after watching it again I feel same way. Nothing changed. And btw Jan did bite on a ton of fakes and feints. Izzy didn’t capitalize https://t.co/WTvZ8G0Y4o
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 11, 2021
“I just rewatched. I don’t agree at all. I was actually speaking to Jan and the times he was successful. I had fight 2-2 going into 5 and after watching it again I feel same way. Nothing changed. And btw Jan did bite on a ton of fakes and feints. Izzy didn’t capitalize.”
Cormier told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he gave Blachowicz’s props for his performance shortly after the score totals were read.
“After the fight, he walked over and he came to the commentary table and he said, ‘Now, I show that I’m the real champ.’ I go, ‘Jan, you’ve always been the real champ. I’m so happy for you, buddy.'”
With the win over Adesanya, Blachowicz can say he’s successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at least once. The Polish bruiser expects to put his gold at stake against Glover Teixeira next but he is seeking some time off.
Adesanya has made it clear that he will return to the 205-pound weight class in the future. For now, it looks like he will head back to middleweight to defend his 185-pound crown next. The question at this point is, who will Adesanya’s opponent be next?