Daniel Cormier recently told MMA Junkie that he was accomplished listening to critics who accused him of bias in his commentary. In any case, as he put it, it’s a “very, very tough” job and—on the finish of the day—that form of suggestions “doesn’t matter” so long as he’s placing within the work to do this job to the very best of his capability.
That doesn’t change the truth, nonetheless, that past his place contained in the sales space for UFC occasions, the previous two-division champion can also be an energetic a part of one of many world’s premiere, high-level MMA camps: the American Kick Boxing Academy. Even when he doesn’t really feel like he’s bringing a bias with him into his commentary work, he’s received no scarcity of superlatives in terms of speaking about his teammates.
“He’s the very best fighter on this planet at that weight class,” Cormier said in an interview with MMA Fighting, talking of light-weight prime contender Islam Makhachev. “His skills are simply second to none.”
“Let me inform you one thing, this Islam Makhachev is loopy,” Cormier added. “I inform him [in the gym], ‘Hey, my man took you down in observe,’ and he goes, ‘Brother, carry [Olympic gold medalist] Jordan Burroughs [to face me], this will likely be a superb match.’ He’s so positive of his wrestling. I really like Islam.”
Present rumors recommend that Makhachev will face Beneil Dariush this fall, in a bout that would safe his standing as a future title challenger. The 2 males have been initially slated to battle again in February, however an damage to Dariush pressured a late discover substitute—with Makhachev going through Bobby Inexperienced as an alternative. The Dagestani expertise received that battle through first spherical TKO.
Whereas he was stripped of the belt again in Could for failing to make weight, for the second the UFC has appeared pretty set on conserving Charles Oliveira on the middle of their light-weight title image. The Chute Boxe expertise has been actively campaigning for a bout in opposition to former double-champ Conor McGregor. McGregor hasn’t competed since breaking his leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier again at UFC 264 in July of final yr, though he’s anticipated to return to competitors someday in 2022.
Makhachev very nicely will be the future champion of the light-weight division. But it surely looks like it’s going to take somewhat extra time earlier than he will get his probability to show it. Within the meantime, he’ll have at the least one very distinguished, vocal supporter.