Daniel Cormier Would Love To See Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Mackenzie Dern Fight

DernDaniel Cormier would like to see a title eliminator fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Mackenzie Dern. Dern is coming off an impressive first-round submission win over Nina Nunes at UFC Vegas 23 this past weekend. It put her on a four-fight winning streak while she will likely crack the top five of the women’s strawweight […]

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Daniel Cormier would like to see a title eliminator fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Mackenzie Dern.

Dern is coming off an impressive first-round submission win over Nina Nunes at UFC Vegas 23 this past weekend. It put her on a four-fight winning streak while she will likely crack the top five of the women’s strawweight division soon.

Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since her five-round war with Weili Zhang in March last year that saw the champion edge out a razor-thin split decision. She doesn’t seem eager to compete anytime soon either unless it’s for a fight that interests her or another title opportunity.

If Jedrzejczyk is willing to fight anyone next, however, Cormier would like to see her battle the ever-improving Dern in what would be a No. 1 contender fight for the 115-pound strap.

“If the former champ wants to fight, I would love to see (Dern) fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk because if she can win that fight, I don’t know if you can even question whether or not she should get a title fight if she beats Joanna Jedrzejczyk,” Cormier said on DC & Helwani (via MiddleEasy). “Mackenzie Dern has earned the right to fight the elite or the elite, and it’s because she is so in tune with who she is today, as a mother, as a wife, and just as an athlete…

“She’s so game on the feet, and once you’re on the ground with her, it’s like watching a Jiu-Jitsu tutorial. (Dominick Cruz) and I are watching the fight, and Mackenzie slides into the mount and immediately you’re like she’s going to go chase the armbar but she’s going to do it in a way where Nina Nunes doesn’t recognize that it’s coming, and that’s exactly what happened. Mackenzie Dern is truly something special, and it’s a joy to watch someone really mature into the athlete that people thought that she could become.”

It’s certainly an intriguing and fresh matchup. Whether Dern is ready for a former champion or whether Jedrzejczyk is interested in fighting her remains to be seen as of now.

Do you want to see this fight next?

Kevin Holland Plans To Work On His Wrestling With Daniel Cormier

Kevin HollandKevin Holland is determined to improve his wrestling after being grappled to decision defeats in consecutive fights. ‘Trailblazer’ slumped to a five-round loss against Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22. Holland clearly had the advantage on the feet but was unable to keep the fighting standing. Brunson took him down each and every round. When […]

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Kevin Holland is determined to improve his wrestling after being grappled to decision defeats in consecutive fights.

‘Trailblazer’ slumped to a five-round loss against Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22.

Holland clearly had the advantage on the feet but was unable to keep the fighting standing.

Brunson took him down each and every round. When the fight hit the floor Holland was unable to work up to his feet.

At UFC Vegas 23, Holland found himself in another main event match-up.

The 28-year-old accepted a late-notice call to square off against Marvin Vettori, after Darren Till was forced out of the bout due to injury.

Holland was once again outwrestled over five rounds, with Vettori breaking the UFC record for most takedowns in a middleweight fight.

Speaking post-fight to Megan Olivi, Holland noted his wrestling defence has not been good enough in his last couple of fights.

“Like [Daniel Cormier] said, gave up a lot of takedowns in the last two fights,” Holland said. “It sucks not to be in the winner’s circle. But at the end of the day I got a plane ride home and going to spend a lotta dollars at the lady’s club, so … it’s not that bad.”

“When I seen Marvin didn’t have an opponent, the smart thing to do would’ve been staying in that shower and not answering the phone call,” he added. “But I never said I was smart. Courageous and a company man is something that I am. So if people want to ridicule that, they can ridicule that. But at the end of the day, when they needed somebody to step in, I stepped in.

Holland revealed he is hoping to train his wrestling defence with former dual weight UFC champion, Daniel Cormier.

“Can’t say too much changes,” he said. “We’ll see, I honestly don’t know. Go spend some time with DC [Daniel Cormier], for sure, work on some of that wrestling. Go work on wrestling, learn to stop some of these takedowns. Other than that, same old same.”

“I’m not gonna change the fighter I am and try and become a wrestler just cuz these guys wanna wrestle,” Holland concluded. “I like to strike, I like to bang. I just do a better job at keeping the fight on the feet and deliver some more knockouts to the people and that way they’ll be back on the bandwagon, sooner or later.” (Transcribed by MMA Mania)

Do you think Kevin Holland will improve his wrestling skills enough to become a legitimate middleweight contender?

Kevin Holland Plans To Work With Cormier To Improve Wrestling

Kevin Holland is willing to make the necessary adjustments to return to the winning column he became so fond of in 2020 but has eluded him thus far in 2021.  At UFC on ABC 2, Kevin Holland suffered his second straight loss via unanimous decision. …

Kevin Holland is willing to make the necessary adjustments to return to the winning column he became so fond of in 2020 but has eluded him thus far in 2021.  At UFC on ABC 2, Kevin Holland suffered his second straight loss via unanimous decision. Marvin Vettori’s recipe for victory of suffocating wrestling was very […]

Former UFC Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier Is A Bad Matchup For Francis Ngannou

Cormie NgannouFormer UFC heavyweight Pedro Rizzo believes Daniel Cormier would be a bad matchup for Francis Ngannou. Ngannou recently became the new heavyweight champion following an impressive second-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 late last month. That in itself was a surprising result for Rizzo. “I have to admit that I was expecting […]

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Former UFC heavyweight Pedro Rizzo believes Daniel Cormier would be a bad matchup for Francis Ngannou.

Ngannou recently became the new heavyweight champion following an impressive second-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 late last month.

That in itself was a surprising result for Rizzo.

“I have to admit that I was expecting [Stipe] Miocic to keep the title,” Rizzo told Sherdog. “I thought he would take more risks in order to get [Francis] Ngannou in the groundm but he didn’t.

“Of course Francis deserves all the credit, but I still see Miocic as a more well-rounded fighter and if he used a less predictable strategy, he would have kept the belt.”

The attention now has been entirely on Jon Jones and whether he will end up facing Ngannou next.

And while the jury is out as to whether Jones is genuinely asking for more pay or is just scared of Ngannou, Rizzo believes the former’s heated rival in Cormier would be a bad matchup for the latter.

“Jones used to have problems with fighters of similar range, as we could see against [Alexander] Gustafsson and [Dominick] Reyes. Even gaining some weight, he is not a natural heavyweight with one-punch knockout power,” Rizzo explained. “I truly believe that if Daniel Cormier is able to get in shape again, he would be the worst matchup for Ngannou.

“Good examples of that are his fight against Derrick Lewis and both against Anthony Johnson, two beasts with impressive knockout power, and neither could stay on their feet for too long against DC. Cormier just doesn’t accept the standup fight, that´s why I believe he would be such a bad matchup for Ngannou.”

Of course, Cormier is happily retired now following his trilogy defeat to Miocic at UFC 252 in August last year. However, it’s hard to argue against his chances.

What do you think?

Daniel Cormier Hints At Kevin Holland Joining American Kickboxing Academy

HollandKevin Holland could see his takedown defense improve massively. Holland suffered his first defeat since 2019 when he was comfortably outpointed by Derek Brunson in the UFC Vegas 22 headliner this past weekend. Despite being a big favorite going into the fight, Holland was taken down with ease for majority of the fight with UFC […]

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Kevin Holland could see his takedown defense improve massively.

Holland suffered his first defeat since 2019 when he was comfortably outpointed by Derek Brunson in the UFC Vegas 22 headliner this past weekend.

Despite being a big favorite going into the fight, Holland was taken down with ease for majority of the fight with UFC president Dana White even leaving before the fight was over after having seen enough.

Holland acknowledged the strength difference afterward as he revealed he was eyeing a move down to welterweight. However, that wouldn’t help much given how many strong wrestlers there are at 170 pounds.

What would help is improving his takedown defense in his natural weight class at middleweight. And that looks to be the plan as Daniel Cormier commented on a recent post of Holland’s where he acknowledged he had work to do.

“Yes I will talk yes I will have fun but winning is a shit load of fun as well I definitely hate letting you guys down so fighting smarter improving position and avoiding being taken down I’ll get back to work within the week,” Holland wrote.

“We will see you in San Jose very soon, we can help you with those issues. Keep your head up, now let’s play 2k,” Cormier commented.

Given how many accomplished grapplers and wrestlers have trained at AKA from the likes of Cormier himself to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Josh Thomson, Luke Rockhold, Cain Velasquez and Islam Makhachev, this would be the ideal move for Holland.

Do you think this is the right move for Holland?

Daniel Cormier Gives Insight On Possibility Of Redisgnging UFC Gloves

In the wake of UFC Vegas 21, the recurrence of eye pokes seemed to be the theme of the week, and Daniel Cormier understands that the issue is trickier to solve than it seems, even if the UFC redesigns their current gloves. In the main event last Saturd…

In the wake of UFC Vegas 21, the recurrence of eye pokes seemed to be the theme of the week, and Daniel Cormier understands that the issue is trickier to solve than it seems, even if the UFC redesigns their current gloves. In the main event last Saturday, Belal Muhammad suffered a horrible eye poke […]