Cormier recalls separating Cruz and Garbrandt (VIDEO)
Published: 21.12.2016 • 15:28
In his interview with Independent.ie Daniel Cormier recalled an interesting scene that he witnessed around UFC 202 event that took place in August this year.
“Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt ran into each other when Cody was about to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202 in Las Vegas,” he recalls. Cormier, the current UFC light heavyweight champion and a former Olympic wrestler, is also a co-host for UFC Tonight on FOX Sports, so he gets to witness a lot of the chaos and commotion that goes on backstage.
“Dominick and I were actually doing our co-commentary, which is right next to the Octagon. Dominick and Cody passed each other and both came face to face. Cody is in a nice suit and Dominick is in a nice suit. And these two guys are in each other’s face now.”
“All of our bosses from the UFC and the TV bosses were there, but no one knew what to do,” Cormier remembers, recollecting the moment everyone else froze and it appeared that the pair were going to go at it outside of the Octagon.
“Everyone just kind of stood back. It got to the point that I thought I had to get in the middle and separate those two guys. If it wasn’t for me at UFC 202, I think Dominick and Cody would’ve fought in August because none of our bosses and TV crew was willing to actually get in the middle of two 135-pound men.
“I thought that was funny because these are big guys, these aren’t little guys back there backstage. But they all stood there with their hands in their pockets not sure how to break it up and stop the fight. And I ended it up stopping it. I actually made them wait for UFC 207.”