“Team Khabib We Once Had an Argument” – Daniel Cormier Brings Back a Challenge From the Past

Published 12/24/2021, 8:09 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with fans during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at CSKA Arena on November 08, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC fans love the friendship Daniel Cormier has with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Their interactions always comprise friendly banter and both hilariously arguing. While they have retired from the sport, their influence over UFC cannot be disregarded. Cormier’s commentary livens UFC events, whereas Khabib has his own promotion and is busy training other fighters from Russia.

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‘DC’ shares a good rapport with several other fighters, too. But the brotherhood he has with ‘The Eagle’ is what fans like to see. A while back, while training together, Cormier stated he had the most submissions in a title fight. He was heard saying, “In everyone in this gym. I have more submissions in title fights than anybody. … He [Khabib Nurmagomedov] never passed”.

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Addressing Khabib, he further said, “You got two title defense with choke. You got to pass me.”

Many found it endearing that Cormier wanted Khabib to pass him. This banter between him and Khabib took place quite a while back. But in a recent tweet, the American fighter finally admitted that Khabib passed. He tweeted, “@TeamKhabib we once had an argument who had more submissions in title fights, I believe you have now passed. Congrats young blood! This is crazy”.

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Of course, it is great that Khabib too has three title defenses through submissions. But fans have wondered why it took so long for Cormier to admit this. Considering that Khabib submitted Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 during his third title defense, fans hilariously trolled ‘DC’ saying that he was using internet explorer.

Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s friendship

The friendship they have is one to remember. They had been teammates at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and through several years, their friendship blossomed.

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Their conversations are fun to watch as they mock each other about silly stuff. For example, Daniel Cormier had made fun of Khabib’s jabs by calling them “baby jab” and said that he taught the Russian fighter how to jab. Or when Khabib joked about how winning the belt had changed Cormier.

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There are also several humorous videos of both of them sparring, comparing their achievements, and sometimes just random back and forth. What do you think about their friendship? Let us know in the comments.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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