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Daniel Cormier, at 38 years old, is quintessential Old Dad when it comes to technology. The UFC had him on Facebook Live recently, something he had apparently never done before. He was nonplussed at first- “When did this happen?”, but quickly adapted to the format, dropping knowledge on fans about his mindset going into the bout, even revealing his kids got slime on his shirt. “They get you when it’s unexpected. That’s why I’m expecting Volkan.”

He also addressed concerns about Luke Rockhold training with Volkan Oezdemir. Rockhold’s home is American Kickboxing Academy, but lately he has been doing his fight camps with Henri Hooft, honing his striking. This has given him the benefit of consistent sparring partners, one of whom is, you guessed it, “No Time”. But Cormier isn’t worried:

“Luke training with my opponent? Eh. Doesn’t matter. Luke can’t really help him. Luke can’t beat me! (laughs) What’s Luke gonna teach him?”

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Luke will be attempting to beat a fighter Cormier says would beat himself in straight wrestling at UFC 221, when he faces the fearsome Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title. Cormier’s test comes much sooner, this weekend, when he defends his light heavyweight title- which he admits does feel a bit like an interim title too- against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220.


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