Cormier denies commentary ‘bias’, says Rogan helped him brush off critics

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Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier on commentary duties at UFC 268 in 2021.


Former UFC double-champ and soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Cormier has been part of the commentary team for years now. While there are those who enjoy his inputs during fights, many aren’t big fans of his work on the mic.

But if you ask “DC,” it all boils down to the differences in perspectives as a fan and someone tasked to call the fights.

“Indifference is a problem. I’ve taken that from my fighting career where people were kind of divided on me,” Cormier told MMA Junkie. “You had the guys that cheered and the people that booed and it’s the same thing with commentary.

“I know how hard I work at this. I know how much time I spend preparing for this. I know (what) I try to give these guys and tell their stories and do them justice. Sometimes, people just don’t see what you see and that’s really on them. But I’m not apologizing for doing my job, and I think that’s the beauty in being a fighter.”

Cormier says it was because of colleague Joe Rogan that he learned to brush off the criticisms thrown his way.

“People can be mad at you, but it’s like we just gotta talk about it, right? I’m not a guy that – they gotta move a little different around me. I don’t really worry about it too much,” he said.

“Rogan told me, I was on some, ‘Ah the fans, this, this’ and then Rogan said it on air. He goes, ‘Oh, you gotta be careful with our bias commentary.’

“He just doesn’t care. He just does not care because the reality is it does not matter. You’re put in a position to do a job that is very, very difficult, and very few people in the world can do it, so you do it to the best of your ability.”

As for accusations of him being a biased commentator, especially when calling fights of teammates, Cormier had this to say.

“I don’t watch this with a bias. If my teammates are fighting, I hope that they win,” he said.

“But unfortunately when that happens, I tend to go the opposite way. Blagoy (Ivanov) was mad at me after his last fight because he was like, ‘DC, bro, I was doing good things, but you almost made it seem like…’ I tend to go the opposite way to try not to.

“Deron Winn when he’s fighting he’s like ‘Dude.’ It’s hard because you’re a human being. That’s why at a point I can sympathize with the referees and the judges because they’re human beings.”

Cormier will be part of the three-man commentary team for UFC 275 this weekend in Singapore, alongside Jon Anik and fellow Hall-of-Famer and ex-champion Michael Bisping.


Daniel Cormier denies commentary ‘bias’, says Joe Rogan helped him brush off critics
 
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MrSandman

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Collectively, MMA fans are terrible. If you made a short list of the best heavyweight fighters of all time, DC is on the list. Top 5. Who gives a fuck is he's biased? His opinion is worth hearing.
 

Haulport

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DC is a shit commentator. He makes the fights less enjoyable. He is definitely one of the best HWs and LHWs, but that doesn't mean anyone has to like his personality or his commentary...
 

Dick Niaz

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DC is a shit commentator. He makes the fights less enjoyable. He is definitely one of the best HWs and LHWs, but that doesn't mean anyone has to like his personality or his commentary...
I think his personality and skills are much more suited to be an analyst than a commentator. Like his personality or not, he has one. He has credibility and is passionate when he speaks, but I’d much prefer to her him breakdown a fight than to call one.
 

John Lee Pettimore

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I think his personality and skills are much more suited to be an analyst than a commentator. Like his personality or not, he has one. He has credibility and is passionate when he speaks, but I’d much prefer to her him breakdown a fight than to call one.
Yeah that's fair. I'd much rather have him on the desk and someone like Smith provide the colour commentary.

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jimmy boogaloo

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he's not that bloody good at expressing himself and he has a giant fucking ego. if a winning fighter wants to gloat and gob off a bit, if you have wide shoulders you can just carry that off for them, maybe phone them later.

DC couldn't handle a moment of disrespect and ruined the guy's big night. being all suity and boss like. not a fan at all.

LOL @ Rogan giving advice to celebrities about how to drown out criticism, effectively coaching them to be additionally aloof arrogant bastards. he's really giving them the benefit of what he's learned haha

straight up thinks he's better than everyone else. wow.
 

kneeblock

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My thing with UFC commentators is they give them too much media training to try to turn them into broadcasters. I'd rather have the Chuck and Shaq energy from the NBA where they have those skills but mostly just talk trash and give their biased takes. Too many Kenny Smiths at the desk in the UFC.
 

Robbie Hart

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My thing with UFC commentators is they give them too much media training to try to turn them into broadcasters. I'd rather have the Chuck and Shaq energy from the NBA where they have those skills but mostly just talk trash and give their biased takes. Too many Kenny Smiths at the desk in the UFC.
Good comparison
 

Onetrickpony

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Collectively, MMA fans are terrible. If you made a short list of the best heavyweight fighters of all time, DC is on the list. Top 5. Who gives a fuck is he's biased? His opinion is worth hearing.
DC is a shit commentator. He makes the fights less enjoyable. He is definitely one of the best HWs and LHWs, but that doesn't mean anyone has to like his personality or his commentary...
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JimmyHonda

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It's not his biased commentary that bugs me. He just goes on a lot of pointless tangents and for a 2-divisin world champ he has terrible takes on MMA. I laughed when he advised that one guy not to go for the RNC when he had his opponent's back and Bisping was like "wtf u talkin bout"
 

tang

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maybe they should start a season of TUC (THE ULTIMATE COMMENTATOR)

3 month long in the same booth with other challengers, test their skillz on MMAth, Quick witty jokes, history on bad decisions and able to compare it to the most current bad decisions, being able to read the teleprompter awhile drunk

whoever got the skillz, comedians, youtubers, instagrammers, singers, pornstars, Mike Tyson on shrooms or a drunk Alex Jones
 

RaginCajun

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maybe they should start a season of TUC (THE ULTIMATE COMMENTATOR)

3 month long in the same booth with other challengers, test their skillz on MMAth, Quick witty jokes, history on bad decisions and able to compare it to the most current bad decisions, being able to read the teleprompter awhile drunk

whoever got the skillz, comedians, youtubers, instagrammers, singers, pornstars, Mike Tyson on shrooms or a drunk Alex Jones
They would call it Dana White's Looking For A Competitor.