Daniel Cormier has seen Jorge Masvidal’s criticism of “white knights” with commentating jobs who facet with the UFC within the wrestle for fighter pay. And the best way Cormier sees it, if Masvidal was referring to him, he’s acquired all of it incorrect.
Masvidal has been embroiled in a public dispute with the UFC over his contract state of affairs, claiming the promotion needed him to take much less cash to struggle welterweight champion Kamaru Usman than what he made for his “BMF” title struggle with Nate Diaz final November. The UFC finally moved on and booked Gilbert Burns to problem Usman within the UFC 251 major occasion on July 11.
For the reason that reserving, issues have escalated. UFC president Dana White mentioned he’s not shocked Masvidal turned down the provide and in contrast the “BMF” champ to the Diaz brothers. In response, Masvidal blasted the UFC and mentioned the promotion gave him an 11th hour “take it or depart it” provide to struggle Usman.
It was amongst this string of tweets by which Masvidal referred to as out the “white knights.”
And for the #whiteknights which have commentating jobs with the ufc that say “simply struggle” you guys needs to be embarrassed to name yourselves present/former fighters. Not one in all you been doing it so long as me and like me. There’s a purpose you might be “commentating”
Cormier has mentioned earlier than that he believes the higher method to requesting a pay elevate from the UFC is to maintain discussions personal. Nonetheless …
“I by no means mentioned simply ‘struggle,’” Cormier advised ESPN. “However the man (Masvidal), when he says present or former fighters, and he mentioned you haven’t been doing it so long as me? No, I haven’t. ‘Or like me’? What does ‘or like me’ imply? Had as a lot success?
‘If he’s speaking about me, I’ve finished it like him, if not higher. Not simply him, I’ve finished it higher than most individuals on this planet, so I feel perhaps he wasn’t speaking about me. If he was, it simply doesn’t work. Possibly he’s speaking about these others guys, as a result of that a part of ‘or like me’ doesn’t work for me. I haven’t finished it as lengthy, however within the time I’ve finished it, I’ve finished it higher than simply about anyone who’s finished it, if not higher than anyone that has ever finished it.”
Cormier has spent the previous few years working as a UFC coloration commentator within the latter years of his profession, setting himself up for a post-fight profession in tv. The likes of present fighters Dominick Cruz and Paul Felder, in addition to UFC Corridor of Famer Michael Bisping, are colleagues of Cormier’s on the announce desk.
Cormier makes no apologies for his or her profession paths.
“I feel these guys which are commentating, that’s nice,” Cormier mentioned. “They’re getting cash; they’re securing their future. Hey, you make some huge cash calling fights. It’s an excellent job to have. I feel, man, individuals simply gotta, like, chill.”
Masvidal’s feud with the UFC grew to become public not lengthy after mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones went public together with his discontent for the promotion’s pay construction after his request for a elevate to struggle Francis Ngannou at heavyweight was denied. With Masvidal and Jones each represented by Abe Kawa of First Spherical Administration, Cormier factors to that as a problem for Masvidal.
“That’s the issue, particularly as a result of him and Jones are managed by the identical individual, so in the event that they’re taking the identical method, they’re vastly totally different individuals,” Cormier mentioned. “Jones has been champion for thus lengthy, he’s finished so many issues, he’s acquired a lot extra monetary safety, and finally the UFC has to return to the desk since you’re holding the belt. … So long as you may have the belt, individuals acquired to return again to you to speak to you. You’re the champ. I do imagine that (Masvidal) misses a giant alternative.”