Joe Rogan Joins Jon Anik & Daniel Cormier On UFC 270 Commentary Team

Joe RoganThe broadcast team for the year’s first pay-per-view in Anaheim, California has been confirmed and it will feature a few familiar faces. After missing four numbered events last year, Joe Rogan will again be tasked with color commentary duties at UFC 270 for what will be his third consecutive show. The popular podcast host will […]

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The broadcast team for the year’s first pay-per-view in Anaheim, California has been confirmed and it will feature a few familiar faces.

After missing four numbered events last year, Joe Rogan will again be tasked with color commentary duties at UFC 270 for what will be his third consecutive show. The popular podcast host will be joined by Daniel Cormier while of course, long-time UFC play-by-play analyst Jon Anik will take you through the action as it unfolds.

Rogan was in the booth for both UFC 268 and UFC 269 to cap off a strong 2021 as well as UFC 260 last March in the UFC Apex. This was the event that Francis Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic to capture his first heavyweight title, his most recent appearance in the octagon.

Ngannou is set to make the first defense of his belt this weekend in a marquee matchup with rival and former training partner, Ciryl Gane. Rogan has never called one of Gane’s fights before but he has made it known that he’s been admiring the French Prince’s skills from afar.

Joe Rogan Says Gane Is Best Moving Heavyweight Of All Time

Gane is coming off a big win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 where he laid claim to interim gold. Anik and Cormier were joined by Dominick Cruz for this event as Rogan had prior commitments with his North American comedy tour. 

The team will be rounded out by Megan Olivi who will fulfill reporting duties live from the Honda Centre while Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith will take care of pre and post-fight analysis shows from the desk. 

Do you think Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, and DC are the all-star commentary team for the UFC?

Cormier: Like It Or Not, There Are Different Rules For Conor McGregor

Daniel Cormier knows that the regular UFC rules do not apply to Conor McGregor.

Daniel Cormier spent seven years in the UFC. During his time there, he was both light heavyweight champion and heavyweight champion. He was one of the biggest names at …

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Daniel Cormier knows that the regular UFC rules do not apply to Conor McGregor.

Daniel Cormier spent seven years in the UFC. During his time there, he was both light heavyweight champion and heavyweight champion. He was one of the biggest names at the time, but even he could see that it was nothing compared to Conor McGregor.

Now that he is retired from fighting, Cormier is asked quite often what he thinks about current events in the UFC, and he has no problem speaking his mind.

Cormier was recently interviewed by The Schmo and was asked about Conor McGregor possibly getting a title shot in his return. Now, most people might agree that that is not something that should be happening next for the slumping McGregor, but Cormier is a realist. He knows the rules do not apply to McGregor.

“Honestly, I really do believe that there are different rules in regards to Conor,” Cormier told The Schmo. “And people might not like it, people may hate it but if he is healthy and he starts to chirp and Oliveira is chirping back at him and there is fan interest, I can see a world where it happens. But again, it would make so many people upset – ultimately a lot of times it comes down to dollars and cents.”

McGregor is the most popular fighter on the roster and is by far the biggest earner for the company. If anyone can receive a title shot coming off two consecutive losses and a broken leg, it would be him. Cormier is right that money talks and not just from a UFC brass point of view but to his potential opponents as well.

McGregor is probably the most called out fighter in the UFC. Anyone close to his weight class has been asking for him. Champion Charles Oliveira has already welcomed the idea of McGregor getting his shot, no doubt because of the money the fight would earn him.

McGregor is still healing up from his broken leg. Only time will tell if he gets his wish and fights for a title upon his return to the lightweight division.

Would you like to see McGregor get an immediate lightweight title shot?

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Daniel Cormier Refuses To Train Jake Paul If He Joins AKA

Jake Paul, Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier won’t help Jake Paul train MMA if he ends up joining American Kickboxing Academy in the future. Paul has alluded to a move to MMA in the future after he gets a few more boxing fights on his record. He’s coming off of back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley as well […]

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Daniel Cormier won’t help Jake Paul train MMA if he ends up joining American Kickboxing Academy in the future.

Paul has alluded to a move to MMA in the future after he gets a few more boxing fights on his record. He’s coming off of back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley as well as a first-round knockout over Ben Askren.

During the leadup to his second fight with Woodley, Paul had claimed that he was in touch with AKA in hopes of training with them eventually. Head coach Javier Mendez has since denied these claims, and Cormier doesn’t sound like he wants any part of Paul.

Cormier was asked whether or not he would help Paul train MMA during a recent interview with The Schmo.

Daniel Cormier And Jake Paul Got Into It At UFC 261

“No, I have no interest in that,” Cormier said. “It seems like a lot of ploys, right? It’s always ploys. I don’t know how true much of it is, but it seems like a ploy to me, so I’m not going to play that game.” (h/t MMA News)

Paul and Cormier haven’t been on the friendliest of terms since they got face-to-face at UFC 261. Cormier stepped away from the commentator desk to confront Paul after Paul attacked him in various interviews.

Paul has hinted at potential matchups with a variety of UFC stars, including Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. He’s also been calling for a fight with Jorge Masvidal, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon after Masvidal booked a fight with Colby Covington.

Paul has garnered the attention of MMA promoters around the sport, including Bellator‘s Scott Coker and the UFC’s Dana White. But, Cormier isn’t buying that Paul is serious about a potential move to MMA.

How do you think Jake Paul would do in MMA?

Bisping Thinks DC’s Assessment Of Jones’ HW Potential May Be Biased

Daniel Cormier recently suggested Jon Jones can’t defeat Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane, an opinion former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes is wrong.

Jones has been on the sidelines since he successfully defended the light heavywei…

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Daniel Cormier recently suggested Jon Jones can’t defeat Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane, an opinion former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes is wrong.

Jones has been on the sidelines since he successfully defended the light heavyweight gold against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020. Despite an impressive performance from Reyes, “Bones” was awarded the nod on the scorecards. The win marked his third defense since winning the title for the second time with a win against Alexander Gustafsson in 2018.

Believing he’d accomplished everything he could at 205 pounds and cleared out the top contenders in the division, Jones sought a fresh challenge: championship glory in a second division. But after a public despite with the UFC over pay, a potential clash with heavyweight champion Ngannou fell through and the GOAT contender was away from the Octagon for the entirety of 2021.

Nevertheless, Jones’ bulk to heavyweight has been ongoing, and he now looks primed to make his divisional debut this year. In the minds of most, Jones will likely challenge the winner of next weekend’s unification fight between Ngannou and interim titleholder Gane.

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Jones’ former rival Cormier fully expects him to make his first appearance at heavyweight this year and believes he deserves to dictate the weight classes’ title picture. However, “DC” doesn’t expect the former two-time undisputed champ to defeat the elite in the division.

During a recent episode of his ESPN show DC & RC, the former heavyweight and light heavyweight king, who knows a thing or two about achieving two-division glory, claimed Jones’ layoff would play a major factor in fights against Ngannou and Gane, two names he doesn’t think Jones can beat.

“I believe that Jon Jones will fight at heavyweight and he’ll fight for the belt, but he’ll lose to Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou,” Cormier said. “I just think that the time away, with the weight difference, and those guys being who they are, that’s the problem. It’s not that Jones has gotten worse; it’s just that these guys are a different level of heavyweight.” (h/t MMA Junkie)

Bisping’s Opinion Differs From His Broadcast Colleague’s

One man who clearly disagrees with Daniel Cormier’s take is his fellow UFC color commentator Michael Bisping. Responding to the remarks in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, “The Count” suggested Cormier’s comments may have been “skewed” due to his bitter rivalry with Jones.

“He (Cormier) came out today and made a statement that said, ‘Jon Jones will never become the heavyweight champion…’ I think I gotta disagree with Daniel Cormier here,” said Bisping. “Because he does know him, and because they have that history, and because they don’t like one another, I believe that maybe that’s skewing the judgment of DC just a little bit here.”

For Bisping, given that Jones is one of the greatest of all time and still under the age of 35, the recent layoff won’t play a massive part in his performances when he returns. Despite admitting the two titleholders at heavyweight are phenomenal fighters, the Englishman doesn’t believe Jones can be counted out given what he’s accomplished in his career to date.

“We’re talking, regardless of his behaviour outside the Octagon, and regardless of the steroid test… the reality is, if you look at the performances, he’s potentially the greatest of all time,” added Bisping. “He’s beat everybody at their own style. He would make a point of doing that, he would beat them at their very own style. He’s not even 35 yet, so there’s no way he’s going to show up ‘old.’

“Ciryl Gane is unbelievable, Francis Ngannou is unbelievable, they’re gonna fight next weekend, I don’t know who’s gonna win that fight… But still, Jon Jones is out there. Jon Jones has a resume. Jon Jones is one of the best to ever do it. So to say that he can’t come back after all this time and beat those guys, I don’t think I agree… To say he has no chance, I don’t think that’s right,” concluded Bisping.

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With any luck, Jones’ return will remain on track and either Bisping or Cormier will be proved right in the coming months. No doubt the victor of that debate will be eager to rub it in when they share the commentary desk after Jones’ return.

Who do you agree with, Michael Bisping or Daniel Cormier?

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Daniel Cormier Has No Interest In Training Jake Paul At AKA

Daniel Cormier is not keen on the idea of Jake Paul joining his gym.

Jake Paul has taken the world of boxing by storm. He might be one of the most talked-about fighters on the planet. Now, he is teasing a transition to MMA and wants to train at one…

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Daniel Cormier is not keen on the idea of Jake Paul joining his gym.

Jake Paul has taken the world of boxing by storm. He might be one of the most talked-about fighters on the planet. Now, he is teasing a transition to MMA and wants to train at one of the best gyms in the country, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). That gym is home to some of the best the UFC has ever seen, including Khabib Nurmagomeodv, Cain Velasquez, and Daniel Cormier.

Recently, AKA Head Coach Javier Mendez spoke about Paul possibly joining the gym. He expressed admiration for what Paul has done to get his fight career off the ground but also mentioned that the team needs to vote on him joining and if anyone is against it he would not be welcome. One man is already speaking out against the move. That man is Daniel Cormier.

“No, I have no interest in that,” Cormier told The Schmo on his Youtube channel. “It seems like a lot of ploys, right? It’s always ploys. I don’t know how true much of it is, but it seems like a ploy to me, so I’m not going to play that game.”

Paul and Cormier have had their share of public trash talking. Cormier was critical of Paul and his boxing skills, so Paul offered to fight Cormier. Cormier responded that he would face Paul but only in an MMA fight. Now that Paul is actually planning a go at MMA, perhaps training with a man you want to fight is not a good idea.

Cormier is retired from MMA and is likely not going to fight Paul at all. However, retired fighters are exactly who Paul targets. And with the amount of money offered in Paul’s bouts, Cormier, who has a huge weight advantage, might just be persuaded to take one more fight.

Do you think Daniel Cormier would ever fight Jake Paul in MMA or boxing?

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Daniel Cormier Believes Jon Jones Should Dictate HW Title Picture

Daniel Cormier thinks Jon Jones could be next for the heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier knows what it is like to be the UFC heavyweight champion. Now as a retired fighter and UFC analyst, Cormier is on the outside looking in. With a heavyweight ch…

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Daniel Cormier thinks Jon Jones could be next for the heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier knows what it is like to be the UFC heavyweight champion. Now as a retired fighter and UFC analyst, Cormier is on the outside looking in. With a heavyweight championship bout happening in just a few weeks, the future of the division is now a topic of conversation. Cormier believes that the winner between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 will find themselves matched up with Jon Jones next.

“Honestly, it’s just a matter of when Jones gets there,” Cormier told The Schmo. “And rightfully so.

“For all that he’s done at 205, when he goes to heavyweight, it is his matchup to turn down. It has to be for Jon Jones and what he decides to do.”

Jon Jones was the longtime king at light heavyweight. He decided to make the move to heavyweight back in May of 2020 but has yet to do so. He is working on his physique and putting on weight to get ready for his heavyweight debut.

Last year, there was some UFC negotiation trouble and legal trouble that made Jones’ return to the cage unclear. However, with all this Jones drama, Cormier still thinks it will be him next in line anyway, not former two-time champion Stipe Miocic.

“As much as Stipe is probably deserving, are we talking deserving, or what is going to happen?” Cormier explained. “Because even though Stipe is deserving, Jones makes it known that he is at heavyweight and ready to fight he’s going to be the guy who gets the title fight.”

Stipe Miocic is itching at another chance at Ngannou or whoever is holding the belt come Jan. 23. Miocic was the longest-running UFC heavyweight champion and has been waiting for a shot to show that he is still champion material. Miocic was overlooked when the UFC decided to make the interim title and now might be waiting even longer if Jones jumps the line.

Do you agree with Cormier that Jones will get a title shot before Stipe Miocic?

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