Daniel Cormier Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Isn’t Happy With Him Breaking Down Fights

Published 12/30/2020, 7:11 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Daniel Cormier of the United States celebrates his victory over Derrick Lewis of the United States in their heavyweight title bout during the UFC 230 event at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is an enigmatic figure in MMA. The current UFC Lightweight champion always keeps his deck close to his chest. However, one of his closest friends, Daniel Cormier, doesn’t do that.

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Cormier is one of the most outspoken MMA fighters, mainly because he has moved into retirement as a UFC Commentator and ESPN analyst. As a result, Cormier’s opinions on the sport are often delivered very publicly by DC himself. This includes him having to break down other fighters, side with one over the other, and other things.

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Khabib isn’t a fan of DC’s new career. DC was speaking with Max Holloway on ESPN when Max revealed he doesn’t like DC’s ‘Detail’ series. DC proceeded to reveal that even Khabib doesn’t.

“That is an issue I have had with some of my friends. Khabib wasn’t happy. But here’s the deal. I asked, and I had a detail coming up. Max didn’t have his belt anymore. I said Holloway, Cejudo, who was the double champ, and someone else. 80% of it was Max Holloway.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier: A true friendship

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Khabib is easily one of the most serious fighters in the UFC. He usually carries himself with immense class and is a stone-face, always maintaining professionalism, be it in front of the camera or off it. However, he always gets a lot more relaxed when he is with Daniel Cormier.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Cormier and Khabib met at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. Khabib’s indoctrination into American culture happened at that gym where DC and he became good friends. DC has seen almost all of Khabib’s mainstream success in the UFC, with Khabib also seeing DC’s rise to super-stardom.

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UFC 254 was the first time that DC commentated on a Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. DC was all professional while describing the relatively short fight. However, the excitement in his voice when Khabib choked Justin Gaethje out was evident. Their friendship is pure, but maybe Khabib wouldn’t appreciate his close friend also having to criticize him while he fights.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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