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Daniel Cormier Gives His Own Take On The Brawl After UFC 229

October 20, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, Daniel Cormier gave his own recollection of getting in the middle the brawl after Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 229. Here are highlights:

On realizing he shouldn’t have jumped in: “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what…am I thinking?’ (Khabib is) going crazy. It was the funniest (expletive) I’ve ever seen. I’ll admit this. For me, it sucks that it was in front of all these people, but it was a whole bunch of dudes just kind of fighting and acting crazy. It was like, ‘What are you guys doing?’ It’s like every city in every country every Saturday in some street bar – or a club – this is going on. It just happened between a whole bunch of Russian guys and a bunch of Irish guys in front of millions of people. So for me, I had the separate the idea that I was laughing to going, ‘Guys, we are probably in front of the biggest viewership we’ve ever had.’”

On talking with Khabib: “(UFC security guards) have Khabib. He sees me (and says), ‘This is my captain. Let him talk to me.’ I said, ‘Yo.’ He goes, ‘What?’ I go, ‘What the (expletive) is going on? What are you doing?’ He goes, ‘I want my belt.’ I go, ‘OK, OK, just relax.’ He goes, ‘Just give me my belt.’ So I go, ‘Guys, let’s just take him back in the cage, we’ll get his belt, and we’ll get out of here.’”

On what he asked Khabib: “So what was the desired outcome there? Did you want to step on his head? Like, what did you want to do? What, in your mind, were you wanting to accomplish? Were you going to drop kick him? Were you going to double-kick him? What were you doing?”

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