Cormier: I kind of laid an egg Saturday night

 

Former US Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier made a successful UFC debut vs. Frank Mir at UFC on FOX 7 Saturday night, beating the former UFC heavyweight champion by 30-27 on all three scorecards. The win would leave most fighters euphoric, but Cormier was underwhelmed with his own performance, which many fans felt was heavy on clinching against the fence, and light on fireworks.

"I've had a very long athletic career, and I've competed at the highest levels of all my sports," Cormier told MMA Junkie after the fight. "I always kind of laughed at Dana when he said there were jitters and nerves that come with this.

"But man, I was nervous. I felt so nervous. It's almost like you want it so bad and you want to do so well, and then you just kind of lay an egg a little bit. I didn't fight the fight I wanted to."

"More than anything, I felt tired, and I've never gotten tired. Usually I'm in a fight, and I feel great. I can go long. But in this fight, for some reason, I was tired, and I think it was my nerves. I was very nervous in the back.

"I felt like my legs were kind of weird. But I went in there and fought, and I fought as well as I could. It wasn't ideal, but if you can feel bad and beat a guy who's a two-time champion, there's got to be some positives in that."

The AKA fighter now has to determine who is next, and in what division.

Cormier had to miss his shot at Olympic gold in 2008 when his kidneys failed in Beijing. It nearly killed him, and Cormier was cutting weight to compete at 211 lbs. Now he is considering a deeper cut, to 205, driven by the desire to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and the desire to avoid fighting teammate and UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez. Cormier feels that he can make the cut safely now.

"I had been cutting weight for a really long time," Cormier recalled recently of the near fatal cut. "I think I started when I was 13, but I was doing it the wrong way. I put (a plastic sweatsuit) on a week before I weighed in, and I would just start sucking out that water. ... Your body can only take so much. I was beating it down every time. It was very scary."

"Physically, I'm different now. At my heaviest, I was 264 pounds. I was consistently weighing in for fights at 250 pounds, and that was after training camps. I was losing seven, eight pounds and being 250 pounds at weigh-ins. Now, I wake up in the morning, and I'm 234 pounds. That's almost a 20-pound difference. Now it seems realistic. I'm lighter now than even when I was wrestling."

So is he ready to drop to 205 now?

"It's really going to be a team decision," said Cormier. "We need to get together with the UFC and the management team and everyone else and figure out what the next step is. Me personally, even if they said you're going to fight Cain Velasquez next, I don't think tonight's performance warranted a title shot."

"I want to do it healthy. I don't want to die."

So what do you think UG? Is Cormier ready for Velasquez? Or Jones? Or what?

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stonepony site profile image  

4/21/13 11:31 PM by stonepony

He shouldn't be thinking about cutting weight to make LHW. He should be dropping 20lbs of fat first, and then cutting from there.

JerodR site profile image  

4/21/13 9:10 PM by JerodR

Everyone knows DC can be an exciting fight but his last two fights have hurt him.

epwar site profile image  

4/21/13 8:18 PM by epwar

But...but...but Ariel said it was a great fight!

Nucky site profile image  

4/21/13 8:13 PM by Nucky

Knocking Bigfoots top off and slamming Josh Barnetts big ass like a little kid was not entertaining?  You make it sound like DC is the spainard or ben askren or some shit.

Deuce77 site profile image  

4/21/13 8:07 PM by Deuce77

I don't come on here often, but when I do I come across alot of stupid fucking posts. Cormier did exactly what he should've done.

Chiron site profile image  

4/21/13 7:27 PM by Chiron

I'm a stone cold hater of all things lay and pray, wall and stall, and jab and jog, but I didn't think his performance was THAT bad. He did a fair bit of fighting. I'm fine with some criticism though. He did seem to play it a bit safe. His fights with Barnett and Silva were better. I really hate that fighters can go "Well, this is a risky fight so I'll just play it safe and fight less" and the judges reward them for it. Fighters should have to fight with the opposite mentality, not of being reckless, but of laying it all on the line to achieve the best victory possible. But Cormier was only a little guilty of any stalling. He did throw a lot of hard strikes when he had Mir against the cage. At least he's honest about it not being a good performance and not deserving a title shot after it. Hopefully he's a bit more aggressive next fight for all our sake.

UncleDavid site profile image  

4/21/13 6:37 PM by UncleDavid

LOL at Mir dominating anything that night!

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

4/21/13 6:27 PM by SQUEEZIE

you ever seen hendo,cain,jbj fight? all no fun to watch at all dude. it be even funnier if this guy garlic is a fan of chael!

Winston Wolf site profile image  

4/21/13 6:26 PM by Winston Wolf

lmao at that gif.Great wrestling gif too

liquidrob site profile image  

4/21/13 5:55 PM by liquidrob

Lol @ Mir winning when they were actually fightingHe landed a couple kicks in the third, even in the first round it looked like he was fighting under water, his punches were taking forever and Cormier already landed, got out of the way and than worked him on the fence once he closed