Cormier had COVID-19 at UFC 252, Dana White Rips Referee Of Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez Fight

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Former UFC heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, secretly had coronavirus prior to his UFC 252 pay-per-view title fight last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he dropped a five-round unanimous decision to SteepA Miocic.

Not surprisingly, “DC” and his team kept the news under wraps, though it’s unknown if the promotion had knowledge of his condition. Either way, Cormier — who retired after his second defeat to the current champ — is not using it as an excuse for his performance.

“This is not an excuse at all,” Cormier told Yahoo Sports. “Miocic won the fight and he fought beautifully. This is a thank you almost to Oura for allowing me to get to the fight. I might have just kept pushing and not known I had it. But I was able to take care of myself properly and then get back into training and compete for the heavyweight championship of the world. Without the ring, I don’t think that’s possible.”

Cormier, 41, was wearing some dopey mood ring that alerts you when you’re underperforming. The data compelled him to get checked out by a physician, who later revealed a positive test for COVID-19, which likely came from a teammate who previously popped in July.

UFC will close out its latest run at APEX in Las Vegas with a welterweight grudge match that will help sort through some of the 170-pound clutter in one of the promotion’s most hotly-contested divisions.

UFC Vegas 11 Prelims Card on ESPN+ (5 Eastern Time)

Mirsad Bektic vs. Eduardo Garagorri,

Mara Romero Borella vs. Mayra Bueno Silva,

David Dvorak vs. Jordan Espinosa,

Sarah Alpar vs. Jessica-Rose Clark,

Journey Newson vs. Randy Costa,

Andre Ewell vs. Irwin Rivera,

TJ Laramie vs. Darrick Minner,

Tyson Nam vs. Jerome Rivera


On the Main Card (8 Eastern Time)

Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price,

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert,

Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann,

Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos,

Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart,

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane,



Tony Ferguson wants the Dustin Poirier fight and hopes the UFC will pay him more.

Poirier spoke to ESPN and said he and the UFC could not come to terms and recently, Dana White said they would be looking for a new opponent for Ferguson.

“The UFC and I didn’t come to terms,” Poirier told ESPN. “I will not be fighting on October 24.”

“I just need to be compensated if they want this fight. Simple as that.” Poirier added. “I’m a prizefighter and the prize needs to be right.”

Although the fight is off for now, Ferguson took to social media to tell the UFC to pay Poirier more to make the fight happen.

Dana White Rips Referee Of Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez Fight

Ed Herman submitted Mike Rodriguez at UFC Las Vegas 10 but a controversial error by referee Chris Tognoni may have prevented Rodriguez from having finished Herman earlier in the fight. Rodriguez looked to have his opponent in trouble with a knee to the body that caused Herman to crumble. Tognoni declared that a low blow had caused the knockdown, however, although replays would show that the knee did not hit the groin area.

The stoppage for the supposed low blow allowed Herman to recover and the fight to continue. Herman than scored a submission victory via kimura in the 3rd round.

Dana White ripped the refereeing of the bout in the post-event press conference. White even compared Tognoni to arguably the referee he has despised the most through the years, Steve Mazzagatti.

“It’s hard not to bang on this guy, the worst I’ve ever seen,” White said of Tognoni. “He’s at Mazzagatti-level. Some Mazzagatti-level right there. That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.”

Rodriguez’s manager Tyson Chartier noted on Twitter that they will appeal the decision.
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