Daniel Cormier’s close friend and training partner lost on Sunday night, when Francis Ngannou TKO’d Cain Velasquez in just 26 seconds. Shortly after the victory, Ngannou made his case for a second title shot.
Cormier reacted to this, admitting there’s obviously a lot of emotions involved in seeing a good friend lose.
“I know how hard he trained,” Cormier said on Sports Center (HT: MMA Fighting). “I know how well he prepared for this fight, and for it to end the way that it did was very unfortunate, was very hard to watch, I wasn’t able to get to Phoenix. It’s sad, it makes me very sad that I’m not there right now, that he lost in this way.
“Every time you see something like that, the emotions tell you you go get it back, you go make it right,” he said. “But Francis Ngannou, who didn’t ask for a fight, maybe later he will, and if that’s something we decide we want to do, then that’s what I’ll do.
“I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou. I will beat Francis Ngannou.”
As for the possibility of a bout with Ngannou happening, Dana White pumped the brakes on the match up, saying he already has a different opponent in mind for when Cormier gets healthy.