Khabib Nurmagomedov Hopes Daniel Cormier Fights Stipe Miocic Again And Retires

Daniel Cormier’s recent loss hurt everyone at American Kickboxing Academy, including UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Cormier appeared to be on his way to winning his UFC 241 rematch with Stipe Miocic earlier this month. However, Miocic persevered and went on to knock Cormier out in the fourth round to regain the heavyweight title. Things […]

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Daniel Cormier’s recent loss hurt everyone at American Kickboxing Academy, including UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Cormier appeared to be on his way to winning his UFC 241 rematch with Stipe Miocic earlier this month. However, Miocic persevered and went on to knock Cormier out in the fourth round to regain the heavyweight title.

Things were made worse when Cormier’s father passed away a few days later. It only added to what were a couple of days to forget for everyone at AKA.

“When DC loses, it was a very sad moment for us,” Nurmagomedov said during the UFC 242 media conference call (via MMA Fighting). “Same time, Cain Velasquez lost his mother and after a couple of days, DC lost his father. It was a little bit hard week for all AKA team but it is what it is. When God wants something, nobody can change this. Losing the belt is nothing when you lose your father or mother. When you lose belt, of course DC is sad but when you lose your father, it’s completely different.

“We feel bad for him but we know how DC is a competitor, how DC is strong. I want to wish him good luck. We just talked with him a couple of days ago. We talked with him about my fight, we talk about his fight, about his father, but I just try to give him good energy. Right now he’s having a hard time in his life but time changes everything. I know he’s going to be good.”

Many wondered if Cormier would ponder retirement following the loss. For Nurmagomedov’s part, he hopes “DC” decides against it and fights Miocic one more time.

“I really want him to fight with Stipe Miocic rematch and finish his career,” Nurmagomedov added. “This is what I want.

“I don’t know about his plan but honestly I want him to fight maybe February or March, fight with him last fight and then finish.”

What do you think Cormier will do?

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Video: Dana White Consoles Daniel Cormier Following UFC 241 Loss To Stipe Miocic

The emotions always run high when Daniel Cormier loses and UFC 241 was no different. Cormier was dominating Stipe Miocic for much of their heavyweight title headliner earlier this month. However, Miocic started going after the body of “DC” much more in the fourth round and it paid dividends. He eventually finished Cormier to regain […]

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The emotions always run high when Daniel Cormier loses and UFC 241 was no different.

Cormier was dominating Stipe Miocic for much of their heavyweight title headliner earlier this month. However, Miocic started going after the body of “DC” much more in the fourth round and it paid dividends. He eventually finished Cormier to regain his heavyweight title.

For Cormier, it was just a second official loss in his career and while he didn’t cry like before, the defeat was still hard to take for the former heavyweight champion. A new video has surfaced showing Cormier backstage with his family with UFC president Dana White consoling him:

“It was an incredible fight, an incredible fight, incredible,” White said first.

“I was winning the fight on all the cards,” Cormier responded. “On every f*cking card I was winning. I was winning all three rounds on two of them. I’m a f*cking idiot.”

“Why are you an idiot?” White asked. “Listen man, Stipe came to f*cking win. That dude was in great shape, he kept coming forward, you kept coming forward. You don’t see heavyweight fights like that where two f*cking monsters just keep coming forward and f*cking blasting each other the way that you were. It was an incredible fight. I know how you are and how competitive you are. You’re the f*cking man, dude.”

Cormier’s Competitive Nature

After White left, Cormier had his face in his towel while his family looked on before talking about why his competitive nature is both a gift and a curse:

“I’m a competitive guy. It’s my gift and my curse,” Cormier added. “You know like, by not accepting loss it makes you ensure you won’t do it very often. I think that’s what makes me so good at stuff, but also what makes the emotion run so freely whenever it doesn’t go the right way.”

Cormier then stated he’s open to a rematch but will have to discuss it with his team and family first.

You can watch the whole interaction below courtesy of a Reddit user:

What did you make of the video?

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Video: Dana White Talks To Daniel Cormier After UFC 241 Loss

After Daniel Cormier lost his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 he was visibly upset in the Octagon. He was even more upset in his locker room after as UFC president, Dana White entered the locker room to talk to Cormier. To no surprise, &#8…

After Daniel Cormier lost his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 he was visibly upset in the Octagon. He was even more upset in his locker room after as UFC president, Dana White entered the locker room to talk to Cormier. To no surprise, ‘DC’ was upset as the two shared a heartwrenching […]

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Colby Covington Tells His Version Of Cageside UFC 241 Incident

Last week’s UFC 241 pay-per-view (PPV) event was one of the Las Vegas-based promotion’s biggest of the year. Several high-profile fights took place, and several high-profile fighters were in attendance at cageside. One of those fighters was none other than interim 170-pound champion Colby Covington. UFC President Dana White recently noted that he had to […]

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Last week’s UFC 241 pay-per-view (PPV) event was one of the Las Vegas-based promotion’s biggest of the year.

Several high-profile fights took place, and several high-profile fighters were in attendance at cageside. One of those fighters was none other than interim 170-pound champion Colby Covington. UFC President Dana White recently noted that he had to settle down several fighters seated near “Chaos,” who wanted to try and fight the controversial star.

Speaking to MMA Fighting in a recent interview, Covington discussed the matter. First, he touched on how many boos he received from the jam-packed California crowd.

“It was amazing,” Covington said. “I loved it, man. All these fighters, they can’t even get a pop, they can’t even get people to cheer for them, they can’t even get 500 people to cheer. I had every single person direct their focus from the pay-per-view (PPV) of the UFC on me walking out and sitting front row.

“They didn’t care about the fights, they cared about the greatest fighter in the world, Colby “Chaos” Covington was in the building. So, I’m a proud man, man. I got all these people up in their feelings all emotional. But last time I checked, this UFC doesn’t stand for Ultimate Feelings Championship, it stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship.”

In regards to White saying there was quite a bit of a ruckus cageside because of Covington, “Chaos” noted that his fellow fighters should have acted professional and not like “little kindergarten kids.”

“Yeah, it’s embarrassing, man,” Covington said.” We’re supposed to be professionals, and all these guys want to act like street thugs. They want to fight in the crowd but they don’t want to fight in the Octagon and make millions of dollars. So, it’s pathetic man. Like Dana White said, they’re like little kindergarten kids, man.

“Own up, be a professional, don’t get so salty, don’t get in your feelings. Just because you’re jealous that I’m making more money than you, just because you’re jealous I’m winning every fight and you can’t stop me, don’t be jealous of that. There’s not very much to clarify, you know. My boy Jorge Masvidal, he had my back, he was watching my six. He was like three or four rows back.

“I was front row, you know, because they put the champ front row, obviously. I was trying to get my boy Jorge to the front row but he’s got to earn his way up there.”

What do you make of Covington’s take on what happened cageside at UFC 241?

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Conor McGregor Reveals His Reaction To Nate Diaz Not Calling Him Out After UFC 241 Win

Many expected Nate Diaz to call out Conor McGregor after his big win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 last week. However, he instead opted to call out fellow fan-favorite Jorge Masvidal, who happened to be in attendance for the show. The mixed martial arts (MMA) community has certainly gotten behind the matchup, and negotiations […]

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Many expected Nate Diaz to call out Conor McGregor after his big win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 last week.

However, he instead opted to call out fellow fan-favorite Jorge Masvidal, who happened to be in attendance for the show. The mixed martial arts (MMA) community has certainly gotten behind the matchup, and negotiations are allegedly ongoing. As for McGregor, he was watching the PPV event, and drew inspiration from Diaz’s performance.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, when asked if he felt “boxed out” when Diaz opted not to call him out for their trilogy bout after the win, McGregor denied such a claim.

“No, Nate and I – we spent almost 50 minutes in the Octagon together,” McGregor said. “The damage is done. They were intense bouts. Very intense bouts. But Nate is a crafty individual. He opened up the deck. Nate is a crafty, crafty individual. And Jorge, Jorge is on a two-fight win streak at the minute, the game is very forgetful, he had a – didn’t really have a great run in the lightweight division.

“And he’s on a two-fight streak, and he was in present in the arena. Nate is a crafty individual. But no, I did not feel I was boxed out. I’ve done – I’ve boxed Nate out in reality. So, we’ll see what happens. If he does not want the trilogy bout then no problem, no problem. I don’t blame him. Damn, look at the fights, look at the damage. They were intense bouts. It does not matter not, it’s time for me to just get back in.

“I was over that also, I was ready to go against anyone. I was preparing for the end of July. And this happened [broken hand]. That’s it. I must deal with it, accept it, and learn from it. And that’s what I will do.”

McGregor has bee battling some issues outside of the Octagon as of late. Once those are squared away, the Irishman seems to be interested in returning before the end of the year. While he still desires an immediate rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor is ready and willing to fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him.

What do you think about McGregor not seeming bothered by Diaz calling out Masvidal instead of him?

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Conor McGregor Was Motivated By Nate Diaz’s UFC 241 Performance

Nate Diaz impressed a lot of people last week when he made his highly-anticipated Octagon return at UFC 241. Diaz outclassed Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event. After, he called out Jorge Masvidal to meet him inside the cage next. Many believed Diaz would call out Conor McGregor for their trilogy bout. The Irishman […]

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Nate Diaz impressed a lot of people last week when he made his highly-anticipated Octagon return at UFC 241.

Diaz outclassed Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event. After, he called out Jorge Masvidal to meet him inside the cage next. Many believed Diaz would call out Conor McGregor for their trilogy bout. The Irishman was, indeed, watching the pay-per-view (PPV), and drew a ton of inspiration from Diaz’s performance.

Speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Sports Center, McGregor explained why he was so motivated by Diaz’s performance.

“I’ve studied every single scenario that’s happened to me. I’ve studied every single scenario that has happened in the game. I am eager to come back here. So we will see what will happen in the future but I’m going in confident with a lot of knowledge gained about myself, about my skillset, about my mindset. And I look forward to implementing them and getting back on track. Look at Nate Diaz, last fight three years ago, defeated by me and came back and won. And it was a motivating experience for me. Look at Stipe Miocic came back against a knockout loss.

“Won his title back against a man that knocked him out. There’s so many stories of this and mine is going to be the greatest one of all. And that’s what I’m aiming for. Even Urijah Faber, a former foe/friend of mine. He came back 40 years of age. The game is far from over for me and I’m very excited. I had a little road bump, I was preparing for July in Madison Square Garden. I was in phenomenal condition mentally and physically, the best I’ve ever been. I learned so much from the damage I took in that last camp what not to do.

“And how to approach this next time. And I gained, I was in phenomenal condition. Then I little slip up again. I’m just trying to find that balance, and get motivated again. And I’m looking for inspiration from everywhere. Like I said, I took great motivation from watching Nate go out and do his thing. Even looking at Nate, there’s many things that were amazing about that whole performance for me from Nate, but one of the most important ones that stood out for me – the very first thing he said post-fight was “The Nick Diaz Army.”

“He gave a shout out to his brother. And I hope his brother is doing well, I hope Nick is doing well, a soldier of the game, of the real fight game. And he gave him respect straight off the bat. That’s why the fan’s love Nate, that’s why I love and respect Nate. Even now with the cannabis strain that he’s coming out with. I hope he has his business mind screwed on, because he’s in a position now where he can make a generation like I have. And I hope to see that and these are the things I’m looking at, taking motivation from, to use in my game to push me forward.”

McGregor has not yet been announced for a return to action. He did note that he believes he’ll fight before the year is up. As for who his opponent will be, that remains to be seen.

What do you think about McGregor being motivated by Diaz’s performance at UFC 241?

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