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“Them Sticking That Thing Up My Nose”- Daniel Cormier Calls Testing Procedure “Terrifying”

Published 05/05/2020, 1:14 PM EDT

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The Coronavirus epidemic has brought the world to its knees, uprooting the normalcy out of the lives of billions of people all over the world. However, the UFC and Dana White have been vying to find their way back to normal for quite some time. UFC 249 embodies that struggle and Daniel Cormier opens up about the same in a conversation with Ariel Helwani.

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People in these trying times turn to entertainment for solace and some respite. But that becomes difficult when the biggest sporting leagues and competitions are suffering as much as the fans themselves.

Since DC will not be a part of the action, many wonder what he will do in his spare time, as did Helwani.


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“Prep for the next fight and work out. I’m gonna go run and just continue my daily routine,” said Cormier as he hopes to keep in shape and prepare for his upcoming fight.

Getting tested for Coronavirus is something that scares Cormier. However, it is not the result that scares the former heavyweight champion, it is the testing process. 

“It’s so terrifying. It’s all I can think about, them sticking that thing up my nose,” admits Cormier while referring to the nasal swab.

Daniel Cormier Opens Up About the Safety Measures


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Dana White and the promotion have been working relentlessly to make UFC 249 a reality and everything is finally starting to come together.

White has always been a strong advocate of health and safety measures pertaining to any event. However, the stakes are higher with this one, and DC confirms that no stone is being left unturned.


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“We’re doing checkups every day, from the arrival to departure. It’s gonna be made sure that everybody, especially the ones like me that are gonna stay the whole week are still good,” said Cormier when asked about the precautions that are being taken.


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The fear of infection stands tall amongst the UFC officials right now because several people, including DC, are looking to stay throughout the week. Therefore, they run a higher risk of transmitting the disease if they track the virus back into the premises while returning from a jog or similar outdoor activity.

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