Daniel Cormier has responded to accusations that he is biased towards his teammates at AKA.
After Islam Makhachev submitted Dan Hooker at UFC 267, he said to Makhachev that he thinks he should be fighting for the belt next time. Justin Gaethje then took to Twitter to blast Cormier for being bias towards Makhachev, which ‘DC’ disagrees with.
“How could I be biased to Islam?” Cormier said on Debate DC on Vover (via MMAFighting). “What could I have possibly said positive about Dan Hooker in that fight? There is no bias whenever a fight is clearly on one side. That’s where it becomes a bit much for me and that’s when you start to understand and realize why the people from the outside, their opinions don’t matter as much because they make those types of claims.”
According to Cormier, anyone thinking he is biased doesn’t know the full story. Instead, he says he goes out of his way to hype up the opponents of his teammates. He also believes he is a professional but knows no matter what he does he will get critiqued by someone.
“I don’t mind addressing this whole bias thing,” Cormier said. “I think it’s absurd. I don’t agree at all. I think it’s absurd and if you ask me if I am biased towards Islam Makhachev or Khabib Nurmagomedov – guys, I have called Khabib’s fights, Luke Rockhold, Deron Winn, Islam Makhachev, I’ve called all of their fights and I feel like I have done their opponents justice. I go out of my way to make sure that we do their opponents justice. I’m a professional and for as much as I love my teammates, I understand the difference to separate myself from that…. Look man, if you’re not getting critiqued then you’re not doing a great job.”