UFC color commentator and former two-weight champion, Daniel Cormier has responded to recent comments made by his fellow analyst and colour-commentator, former two-time bantamweight titleholder, Dominick Cruz – who criticised Cormier’s lack of preparedness for his role in the booth, and claimed he never researches past fights.
Cormier, who is set to serve in a three-man commentary booth alongside fellow color commentator, Joe Rogan, and play-by-play lead, Jon Anik this weekend at UFC 269 was the subject of some criticism from Cruz – who returns at the event against Pedro Munhoz in a top-10 bantamweight clash, after he questioned how much work Cormier puts in to prepare for his role in the booth.
“When it comes to ‘DC’ (Daniel Cormier), I usually mute it (the commentary),’ Cruz told media assembled during his fight week availability. “I love ‘DC’, he’s my friend, but to me, from my experience, he doesn’t do the homework. He wants to get in and out, get the job done, make his money, and I think he cares about us but it’s just different.”
“He doesn’t do the preparation from my experience,” Cruz continued. “He might now – I’m hoping he watches some film this time on me so he knows what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, but I’m not gonna hold my breath on that, that’s for sure.”
Responding to those comments made by Cruz, Cormier sat down with the former undisputed bantamweight kingpin during an almost 15-minute segment on his YouTube channel, questioning why Cruz would make public comments about his commentary in such a manner.
“The things we talk about privately, we aren’t supposed to say in public,” Cormier told Cruz. “That’s what you just did. That’s our rule. You say so many things privately that I would never say publicly. You and I say things privately that we would never say publicly.”
Cruz maintained that what he said regarding Cormier’s commentary was simply holding the former champion accountable for his ability in the role.
“I held you accountable,” Cruz said. “Accountability is love, ‘DC’. Accountability is love. It’s love. It’s a generlization. I’m not allowed to say what I feel? I’m wrong?”
Cormier, who then admitted that he had recently sub-contracted out his research work to an assistant of his in order to prepare for his color commentary role, also claimed that he could research fights and fighters without studying past tape.
“Dominick, there’s a different way to prepare for a fight than watching film,” Cormier said. “It’s not singular. I do watch. I watch film every single time. Do I watch fights to the extent that you watch fights? No. I will openly sit here and say I don’t watch fights to the extent that Dominick Cruz watches. I do watch film. Every single time.”
“I watch every one of your fights,” Cormier explained. “I’ve called your last fights. I’ve called your last two fights. But before those fights, I watched prior fights. I watch winning fights. I watch losing fights. I watch all the fights.”
Cormier again maintained that Cruz’ comments about his commentary should have been made privately, rather than in a public forum during his media availability – especially as a colleague of his.
“Can I tell you something right now as a friend? It was wrong of you to say what you said this morning,” Cormier told Cruz. “Because that was not fair of you as a colleague to do that publicly. You should tell me. The reality is even if you said, ‘’DC’s’ my brother,’ you and I brothers, we’re brothers, but even if you say that, they (the media) won’t run rhat. They won’t run that you say that we’re brothers.”
“As a colleague, a professional courtesy, you don’t do that to your teammates,” Cormier said. “You don’t go publicly. Those things you don’t say in the public.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
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