DC Claims Khabib’s Team Nearly Jumped Him

Daniel Cormier is focused on his short-notice main event against Derrick Lewis at November 3’s UFC 230. But questions about Khabib’s team and the UFC 229 brawl are still following the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion. The undefeated lightweight champion is a longtime American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate of Cormier. “DC” was present when Khabib […]

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Daniel Cormier is focused on his short-notice main event against Derrick Lewis at November 3’s UFC 230. But questions about Khabib’s team and the UFC 229 brawl are still following the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion.

The undefeated lightweight champion is a longtime American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate of Cormier. “DC” was present when Khabib submitted Conor McGregor at October 6’s UFC 229. Yet what followed has gotten much more press than his actual win over the Irish star in the Octagon.

A brawl erupted when Khabib jumped into the crowd to battle Dillon Danis. Khabib’s team followed suit by jumping in the cage with the recently submitted McGregor. It was all-out chaos that “DC” had to diffuse despite his initial reaction being to defend his close friend. Cormier discussed his initial reaction during the UFC 230 media day this week (via MMA Fighting).

He called the brawl the “funniest s**t he’s ever seen”:

“You know what the crazy thing is, we’re fighters, so the initial reaction is like, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna go help my teammate. I’m gonna go fight,’” the UFC heavyweight champion said. “But then I got out, I was like wait a minute, what am I thinking? So when I finally get to Khabib, he’s going crazy. It was the funniest shit I’ve ever seen, honestly.”

The Brawl For Everyone To See

But all jokes aside, Cormier did say that the brawl being in front of the UFC’s biggest viewership ever wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Fights happen all the time according to Cormier, so he had to realize the weight of the situation when it was transpiring:

“For me, it sucks that it was in front of all these people. But again, it was just a whole bunch of dudes just kind of fighting, acting crazy. Like, what are you guys doing? Every city in the country, every Saturday in some frickin’ street bar or a club, this is going on.

“It just happened between a whole bunch of Russian guys and a whole bunch of Irish guys in front of millions of people. So for me, I had to kind of separate the idea that I was kind of laughing to try and to go like, guys we are probably in front of the biggest viewership we’ve ever had.”

A Tense Scene

The double champion was then asked if he was surprised Khabib’s team fought McGregor, who had verbally assaulted Khabib’s family and manager in the lead-up to the fight. Cormier gave a surprising response when he told a story about Khabib’s fiercely loyal friends almost jumping him in his own gym because he hurt “The Eagle” in training:

“No, because one time I did him something, hurt his neck in practice and they were about to kick my ass,. Like seriously, they all started standing up and they were kind of surrounding me.

“Those guys don’t play around, man. They got up. They actually got up. I was like, ‘Hey man, don’t ever come in here and jump me. It’s my gym.’ But they don’t mess around, man. Khabib does not play around and he is honestly the crown jewel of that circle. They love him and rightfully so. We all do, too.”

Not A Black Eye?

Khabib is clearly the “crown jewel” of his inner circle, but he’s approaching that status in the overall sport of MMA as well. He’ll face some form of punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on October 24, and he had some discord with the UFC over his team’s employment status.

But things between him and the UFC are reportedly all good. And while the UFC 229 post-fight brawl was controversial, Cormier believes it wasn’t really the black eye for the sport many made it out to be:

“It’s no black eye for the sport, man,” Cormier said. “We fight. That’s what we do — we fight. You got a lot of very smart, educated men in this game, but sometimes emotion drives the ship. And on that night, emotions drove the ship. This fight was kind of built in a very bad place.”

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Mayweather Blasts Canelo For DAZN Deal, Reminds Us How Rich He Is

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is here to remind us that he’s still the richest combat star in the world.
After seeing former opponent Canelo Alvarez ink a monster $365 million deal with DAZN earlier this week, “Money” took it upon himself to jump o…

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is here to remind us that he’s still the richest combat star in the world.

After seeing former opponent Canelo Alvarez ink a monster $365 million deal with DAZN earlier this week, “Money” took it upon himself to jump on social media and put the Mexican star on blast. Mayweather not only took a shot at Alvarez’s recent drug test failure, but he let everyone know that he’s still worth more.

“It didn’t matter if Canelo ate his PED steak or not this night, this was by far the easiest fight of my career,” wrote Mayweather. “Conor McQuitter was a way better fighter than Canelo’s cheating ass and I beat the brakes off him too! It takes me 36 mins or less to make $300 million plus. It literally takes me 1 night and 1 fight to make what you might make in 5 years and 11 fights! So really, who’s still winning? You do the math!”

Mayweather, who defeated Canelo via decision back in 2013, is coming off a 10th-round TKO victory over UFC superstar Conor McGregor last year in which he allegedly banked $300 million for his efforts. While “Money” has only worried about his own finances in the past he seems to be paying extra attention to Canelo’s ground-breaking deal with DAZN.

Mayweather has teased a return to the boxing ring as well as a crossover into the Octagon, but the 50-0 pugilist remains on the outside looking in. Maybe Canelo’s recent deal will spark Mayweather to return to action and score another legendary payday.

Cannonier accepts fight with Branch at UFC 230

With Jacare Souza being pulled from the fight, Jared Cannonier will fill in for the Brazilian to face David Branch at UFC 230. After Jacare Souza was pulled from his fight with David Branch to fill in for the injured Luke Rockhold against …

With Jacare Souza being pulled from the fight, Jared Cannonier will fill in for the Brazilian to face David Branch at UFC 230.

After Jacare Souza was pulled from his fight with David Branch to fill in for the injured Luke Rockhold against Chris Weidman, Jared Cannonier has stepped up on two weeks notice to face Branch.

Dana White told Brett Okamoto of ESPN the news on Saturday. Cannonier will be making his middleweight debut on the night, although he was already preparing for a contest at 185-pounds as he was booked to face Alessio Di Chirico later in November.

Branch (22-4) enters his fight with Cannonier on the back of a big first round knockout win against Thiago Santos in April. His eleven-fight winning streak was snapped before his most recent win as he suffered defeat for the first time in five years against Luke Rockhold.

For the first time in his career Cannonier (10-4) is riding consecutive defeats. Having been finished in the first-round by rising light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes in May, Cannonier also dropped a decision to Jan Blachowicz in December 2017. His last win was a third round knockout against UFC debutant Nick Roehrick.

UFC 230 will takes place the T-Mobile Arena on November 3rd. A heavyweight title fight between current champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis will headline the card.

PFL 10 Live Stream & Results Tonight (Oct. 20)

PFL 10 is set to get underway. Tonight (Oct. 20), PFL 10 will be held inside St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. We will find out who will move on to the welterweight and middleweight finals in PFL’s $1 million …

PFL 10 is set to get underway. Tonight (Oct. 20), PFL 10 will be held inside St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. We will find out who will move on to the welterweight and middleweight finals in PFL’s $1 million tournament. Featured on tonight’s card will be Ray Cooper III, Jake Shields, […]

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Daniel Cormier Recalls Conversation With Khabib During UFC 229 Brawl

Daniel Cormier recalls when he and Khabib Nurmagomedov had a conversation during the UFC 229 brawl. Nurmagomedov successfully retained his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor earlier this month via fourth-round submission. What has most fight …

Daniel Cormier recalls when he and Khabib Nurmagomedov had a conversation during the UFC 229 brawl. Nurmagomedov successfully retained his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor earlier this month via fourth-round submission. What has most fight fans buzzing is the brawl that took place afterwards. Nurmagomedov jumped into the crowd and went after McGregor’s training […]

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Daniel Cormier Not Concerned Jon Jones Will Steal Brock Lesnar Fight

Daniel Cormier will defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. Then the champ-champ has one more fight to go. He isn’t worried about Jon Jones stealing his expected payday to fight Brock Lesnar. If “DC” loses the belt, to Lewis then this conversation is for not. If Cormier wins, however, then he […]

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Daniel Cormier will defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. Then the champ-champ has one more fight to go. He isn’t worried about Jon Jones stealing his expected payday to fight Brock Lesnar.

If “DC” loses the belt, to Lewis then this conversation is for not. If Cormier wins, however, then he fully expects to welcome “The Beast Incarnate” back to the Octagon.

The one man that could throw the proverbial monkey wrench into “DC’s” retirement fight plans is, of course, his longtime rival Jon “Bones” Jones. Jones could’ve easily been the man tasked with welcoming Lesnar back to the UFC ranks had he not been dealing with his latest United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension.

However, Jones is back, albeit in the same weight class he left. He will take on Alexander Gustafsson for light heavyweight gold at UFC 232 on December 29.

Whether or not “Bones” wins remains to be seen. But if he does beat Gus and take to the mic in an attempt to call out Lesnar, who knows in this crazy sport? However, Cormier doesn’t think the UFC brass would oblige.

Daniel Doesn’t Think So

“No (I’m not worried about Jones taking that fight from me),” Cormier told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a recent UFC 230 media day. “I’ve got to be honest with you: Over the course of my career, I haven’t been done like that. I haven’t had anything promised to me that hasn’t been delivered. The UFC’s been good to me. I don’t worry about that.

“I know I’m going to fight Lesnar. There’s nobody or anything that could change that. They’ve never done me like that, so there’s no reason to believe it would start now.”

If Cormier does get past the incredibly likable Lewis, he would find himself in a confusing position. A third fight with Jones stokes his competitive flame. But a potential fight with Lesnar is a financial windfall that only comes down the pipe once in a lifetime.

“When I was on the (UFC 200) card he was fighting Mark Hunt, he wasn’t fighting for the title or it might’ve been even bigger,” Cormier said. “Think about it: He fought Mark Hunt in the co-main event and we did 1.2 million buys. Imagine if he’s fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world? People will truly tune in.”

“DC” said he would also like to fight Lesnar to settle the score once and for all. He is, of course, referring to the night he beat Stipe Miocic to capture the heavyweight title.

Lesnar was inexplicably let into the Octagon and proceeded to rush the newly crowned champion.

Settling The Score With Lesnar

“When I was in there with Lesnar on July 7 and he pushed me, I was like, ‘Holy (expletive),’ I’m having a WrestleMania moment. I’ve got to be honest. I was having a WrestleMania moment. It was the greatest thing ever. I wanted to hit him, but my hand was hurting. He was big and I was kind of thrown off. His outfit was kind of jacked up. … I want to fight Brock. It will be fun.”

Let us know what you think. If “DC” has one more fight to go, who should it be against?

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