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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

No Crowd: UFC fighters use analyst Daniel Cormier’s advice during fight

Daniel Cormier

The lack of fan attendance at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla. is giving us a glimpse of how different sports will be in the near future. And one consequence is that athletes can hear the commentators talking — and use it to their advantage. In fact, two fighters on Saturday’s UFC 249 fight card said they did just that.

Carla Esparza beat Michelle Waterson via split decision and says she followed some of commentator Daniel Cormier’s advice to mix up her wrestling and strikes.

Similarly, Greg Hardy says he listened to Cormier’s advice to check leg kicks from Yorgan de Castro.

The advice helped Hardy beat de Castro via unanimous decision.

Cormier isn’t just any announcer. The 41-year-old is the No. 1 UFC heavyweight, a two division UFC champion, and former Olympian. He knows what he is doing more than your average commentator. But if they had to follow Cormier’s advice to achieve success, it makes you wonder why their corners weren’t providing the advice.

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