Former UFC Double Champion Daniel Cormier Offers Advice To Rising UFC Stars
Daniel Cormier talked about the new trend — when top fighters prefer the money fighters over title shots — and said that they should choose the title shot instead no matter what.
Cormier, a former double champion’s, biggest salary days were against Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic, both for the titles. He said today, the vision tends to be blurred, especially for well-known and hyped athletes like Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson and others.
“What happened to the title being the most important thing?” Cormier said in his YouTube video. “What happened to becoming the champion? For a guy like me, I loved that belt being strapped around my waist. I could not have imagined anything different.”
Even fighters like Poirier, whose life mission is to earn the title of the UFC, decided to fight with Conor McGregor for three times and not with Charles Oliveira for the lightweight belt.
He’ll however, finally being doing so in December.
Like Diamond, Max Holloway expressed the desire to fight with Conor McGregor instead of fighting with Volkanovski for the third time.
Cormier said he understands the new challenges of modern MMA, but he believes that a title fight should be equal to a money fight.
However, the payday of the fighters is dependent on the share of pay-per-view buys. McGregor’s fights have earned the most PPV buys.
“For a long time all the champions were the money fights, they had the belts,” Cormier said. “Now the landscape is changing. The sports world is changing and I think fighters are starting to change with it. But I do believe it all comes back around to that championship.”