Fans Have a Field Day as Daniel Cormier’s Reaction to Getting Leg Kicked by Justin Gaethje Goes Viral Ahead of UFC 286

Published 03/17/2023, 10:00 AM EDT

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MMA fans consider UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje and his leg kicks a work of art. The 34-year-old has, on multiple times, displayed how lethal his kicks can be as he chopped down his opponents round after round. Now heading into UFC 286 for a crucial fight against Rafael Fiziev, fans can once again hope to see the American employ his favorite weapon as he tries to make another title run.

Luckily for his supporters, a clip doing the rounds online shows exactly what could happen on the upcoming fight night. Serving as a small teaser for what’s to come, ‘The Highlight’ was seen kicking former heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, whose reaction left fans quite amused.

Daniel Cormier’s reaction to Justin Gaethje’s leg kick goes viral


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In a post made by the official UFC page, Justin Gaethje and Daniel Cormier were seen messing around backstage after wrapping up media duties for the event. Despite their interaction itself being a wholesome one, it was DC’s reaction to getting kicked in the legs by the lightweight that cracked up fans.


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Even long-time UFC commentator Jon Anik found it hilarious as he left a comment on the post


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“Haha” wrote Anik.

“DC needs to mind his business”

Fans were once again reminded of how dangerous Gaethje’s kicks could be.

“justin’s leg kicks really are no joke”

“His shins must be made of vibranium “

“Bro barley tried and still hurt dc “

Some even felt that the heavyweight was ready to go off on Gaethje.

“DC lowkey wanted to dump gaethje on his head”

“Justin got outta there fast. boy was not tryna see DC “

“DC should have tested Justin’s wrestling skills right there….”

Well, if Rafael Fiziev is watching it, he clearly knows what he needs to do to beat the American.

Gaethje goes up against Rafael Fiziev in the UFC 286 co-main event

The number three-ranked Lightweight will clash with ‘Ataman’ as they both try to close the gap to the title. Serving as the co-main event of the night, fans believe that this bout has ‘Fight of the night’ written all over it. But it’s quite obvious that it might not go the distance since both guys are extremely powerful and tend to aim for the finish early on, which is especially true for Gaethje.


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Another important factor that would play a decisive role is Fiziev‘s technical superiority. The 30-year-old, many feel, is a much better striker than the American; this could eventually help him coast to a victory.


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But Gaethje’s heart has been unquestionable throughout his career, so will Fiziev’s composure be enough to win the fight? Find it out at UFC 286. Stay tuned.

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Written by:

Pragjyoti Singh


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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.
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Vineet Nandwana