“If We Live In a World Where This Is Bad Then I Don’t Know” – Daniel Cormier Says Coach Did Not Abuse Aspen Ladd After Internet Backlash

Published 10/18/2021, 6:23 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Daniel Cormier stands in his corner prior to his heavyweight championship bout against Stipe Miocic during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Daniel Cormier has come in defense of Jim West’s coaching at UFC Fight Night 195.

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Former UFC two-division champion believes that Aspen Ladd’s coach doesn’t need to apologize for anything. Cormier also said that he had heard much worse from his coaches.

Cormier, in his tweet, said, “This is what I am talking about right here, now a coach has to apologize for how he talks to his athlete? I disagree! I’ve heard much worse from my coaches, and the coach knows how his athlete will respond. I prefer this to some of the other cornering we’ve seen lately. “

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In a tweet sent out later, Cormier shared a video of West’s coaching after every round and said. Thank you @btsportufc, this is the greatest defense of a coach I’ve seen in a long time. Watching this video, you see how Coach started, got frustrated, got his fighter to win a round and maybe two. If we live in a world where this is bad, then I don’t know. No sorry needed!”

Aspen Ladd fought Norma Dumont at UFC Fight Night 195. She ended up losing the fight via a unanimous decision. Ladd’s coach West came under a lot of fire from fans and many MMA personalities. One of the first people to criticize West was former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate. She called it ‘Abuse’ and said he would take credit for her wins, but not her losses.

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UFC women’s flyweight Lauren Murphy, whose corner also came under fire during her fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 266, also weighed in on the topic. Murphy tweeted, “Either way, no one cares what style of cornering *you* like, because it’s not about you! No one is even talking about this, but, did y’all know Norma DuMont fought last night? She basically won a UFC main event using a jab cross. Against a REALLY good fighter in Aspen Ladd. Lol.”

 Aspen Ladd’s coach takes the blame

Aspen Ladd’s coach Jim West after the fight stated on his Instagram. According to him, it just wasn’t their night and took the blame for the loss. He also said that the only way to get Ladd back into the fight was through the corner work he was doing.

 

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West said, “Tonight was not our night. It’s been our night many many times at the highest level but not tonight. I blame myself. Though it may not be my fault. it’s not up for debate. I take all the blame. Yes, after the first couple rounds I may have been a little harsh, but i know aspen and at that time technical conversation was not in the cards being down 3 rounds. Nonetheless, i own it and i am sorry @aspenladd from the bottom of my heart I will continue to be better each time.”

Recently, Lauren Murphy’s corner also came under fire for the coaching in between rounds. While commenting on her fight against UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Daniel Cormier questioned her corner’s approach. He especially questioned Joe Murphy, who was heard giving positive thoughts instead of discussing a strategy.

After the fight, she responded to Cormier and said she felt bad that he got on Joe’s case. She added that Cormier probably didn’t realize that she only had three corners that night, not four.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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