HISTORY-seeking UFC celebrity Daniel Cormier is an admirer of rising Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, however not his notorious shoey celebration.
World No. 9 ranked Tuivasa has drank from another person’s shoe outdoors the octagon, after profitable every of his final two fights in Perth and Chicago.
The crowd in Chicago had been each amused and appalled by the Australian customized, which Cormier cheerfully described as “disgusting.”
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Light heavyweight champion Cormier, who challenges heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic in UFC 226 in Las Vegas subsequent weekend, is aware of Tuivasa, who has earned a excessive rating after profitable his first three UFC bouts. “A great guy, an infectious attitude,” is how Cormier described 25-year-old Sydneysider Tuivasa.
“A horrible tradition of drinking beer out of someone’s shoe in the crowd. “It’s gross and unsanitary, the shoey.”
Cormier, who’s striving to grow to be the primary man in UFC historical past to concurrently maintain the sunshine heavyweight and heavyweight titles, does nonetheless like what he sees of Tuivasa contained in the octagon.
“He’s a big strong kid, I think he’s an amazing fighter,” Cormier mentioned. “He reached out to train at AKA and hopefully we can work something out and he can be in there and work with myself and (former UFC heavyweight champion) Cain Velasquez.”
At 39, American Cormier believes time will most likely rely towards him having a UFC combat in Australia, the place he had two XMMA bouts in 2010.
He had first-round wins in Sydney over two Australians, Soa Palelei and future heavyweight boxing star Lucas Browne.
“It was fantastic but I don’t know if the timing will work out for me to fight in (the UFC in) Australia before my career goes,” Cormier mentioned.
A former United States Olympic wrestling consultant, Cormier attributed his longevity in fight sports activities to his love of competitors.
“I compete at everything,” he mentioned.
“It’s what I’ve done since I was 15 years old, so when I think of a life without it, it’s very difficult.”
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