Daniel Cormier Embarrassingly Retreats After Campaigning Against Jim Miller’s Hall of Fame Inclusion – “They Have Manipulated Me”

Published 01/24/2024, 8:08 AM EST

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Daniel Cormier was strongly of the opinion that Jim Miller should not be included in the Hall of Fame. And the media and fans didn’t take it very well. In fact, in the latest confession, ‘DC’ admitted that former bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes too didn’t like his take nor did Max Holloway.

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So what was it that got everyone so mad? Cormier is usually beloved inside the UFC world but his take divided the fandom and stars in two. Jim Miller has the most fights in UFC history and also the most wins. However, that was not enough for Cormier. Now, he has to dodge the meteor shower of criticism coming his way.

Daniel Cormier didn’t think Miller worthy of the Hall of Fame

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On a recent episode of the talk- show, ‘DC & RC’, where Daniel Cormier sits down with his friend and co-host Ryan Clark, Cormier had to defend himself against the barrage of hatred. “. . .they have created a smear campaign on the great Jim Miller who I absolutely adore,” said Cormier. “But they have manipulated me, they have tricked me, they have taken my words and you(Ryan Clark) are at the forefront of it and they have made it bad bro. I’m not doing this sh*t.” This may make one wonder what exactly did he say?

On an earlier episode of the show, the former champion admitted that he didn’t find Miller worthy of being in the Hall of Fame. Why? In his own words, he didn’t “feel like time served immediately puts you in the Hall of Fame.” In other words, how long the fighter has been around should be no measure of whether or not they get to be in the Hall of Fame. However, fans didn’t take it lightly. 

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Clearly, things got to Daniel Cormier hard and fast. He did not oppose Miller’s inclusion but his opinion pretty much solidified the idea that he just couldn’t digest it. He was very clear in his reasoning and later on tweeted that he still stands by his take.

‘DC’ earlier stood by his take

This isn’t the first time Daniel Cormier has had to clarify his take. He didn’t mean it aggressively and he wouldn’t go and march against the UFC if they do decide to include Miller in the HOF. However, when he said it, he meant it. He sent out an X post responding to a fan’s criticism saying he wasn’t “sh**ting” on Miller.

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He noted that people disagree just about all the time but he didn’t feel like he was wrong. His opinions are as valid as the ones supporting the induction. Either way, for him, the sport is one that is always “growing” and with that many things undergo change.

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Do you think Cormier is right about Miller? The long-time fighter will next be seen taking on Bobby Green at UFC 300. Do you expect him to pick up his next win?

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Prit Chauhan

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I'm Prit Chauhan, and I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. I've been in the writing business for three years, covering areas like mass media marketing, and even tried my hand at fiction. My experience includes research work at the University of California, Berkeley, which helps me spin fact-based stories about the world of Mixed Martial Arts effortlessly.
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