What Did Dominick Cruz Say About Daniel Cormier? | Explained

Dominick Cruz is one of the greatest Bantamweight fighters of all time, who also commentates for the UFC, in addition to fighting.

At one point Cruz would set the Internet on fire from his remarks on his friend Daniel Cormier.

In this page, we will explain what Dominick Cruz said about Daniel Cormier, why he said it, and what happened afterwards.


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What Did Dominick Cruz Say About Daniel Cormier?

Leading up to UFC 269, Cruz would be critical about Daniel Cormier's commentary. Cruz would state that he usually mutes Cormier's commentary, but would explain that Cormier doesn't do the homework required for the commentator role. He further went on to say that he just wants to make his money.

You can see what he said in his own words below:

When it comes to DC, you know I usually mute it. I love DC, he's my friend, but to me from my experience he doesn't do the homework. He wants to get in and out, he wants to get the job done, make his money.

He would add a backhanded compliment near the end of his answer:

It's just different, he doesn't do the preparation from my experience. He might now, I'm hoping he watches some film this time on me so he know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.

But I'm not going to hold my breath on that, that's for sure.

Why Did Cruz Say This?

Cruz would later tell DC that he was holding him accountable.

Seemingly unprompted, Cruz would deliver these statements to the media during the media scrum session.

I don’t regret what I said because I hadn’t eaten in three days, I hadn’t drank in two days, they’re asking me questions, I spoke from the heart.

Cruz's opinion on this subject had obviously been brewing for a while, and it finally came out during his weight cut for his fight against Pedro Munhoz.

The bizarre part of this is that Cruz and Cormier are friends outside of the octagon.

However, Cruz is known to be among the most cerebral Mixed Martial Artists, studying fight tape for seemingly endless hours to understand his opponents.

One can safely assume that he takes a similar approach to commentating, so when he saw Cormier not studying as much as he did, this response came out.

Jobs of UFC Commentators

UFC commentators have some of the toughest jobs in the world, as far as needing to quickly process information and deliver it to the audience in a way that a casual fan will understand.

They have to deliver this information efficiently without stuttering, and as fast as possible due to how action packed fights are.

If they take too long to say something, that sequence could already be over, and the fighters could be involved in something completely different.

Every commentator has received criticism one way or the other, some are warranted and others are not. That's just the nature of the job.

Cormier and Cruz Sit Down Together

Hours after his comments, Cormier would invite Cruz to join him on his YouTube channel to discuss his comments.

Cormier would explain how he felt, and that he felt slighted due to Cruz saying this publicly, rather than behind closed doors.

The things we talk about privately, we aren’t supposed to say in public, that’s what you just did. That’s our rule. You say so many things privately that I would never say publicly. You and I say things privately that we would never say publicly.

Cruz would respond by explaining that he was only holding him accountable out of love, and doesn't think that it was a problem to say what he thought, and that he wasn't wrong.

Cormier would explain that what Cruz said was "not fair", and that what Cruz did was a "blatant mistrust of a friendship and a colleague".

Bisping Joins the Conversation

Eventually Michael Bisping would join the sit-down, to mediate the discussion.

The best part about Bisping joining is that Cruz and Bisping are notorious for bickering on air, both in the commentary and in the studio.

The below video captures this as for 6 minutes straight, they have some friendly banter.

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