Getting Knocked Out Days Before Fighting
The terrors of UFC’s International Fight Week is already creeping out on our spirits, but it seems as if MMA gods want to delight us first with some accidental show.
First, it was featherweight champion Max Holloway’s withdrawal from his title fight against challenger Brian Ortega. Just hours after, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier takes a scary fall during Thursday’s press conference for his UFC 226 main card against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.
After UFC president Dana White called off the interview, Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) stood up, took a step back and tripped on a speaker unit. This epic accident led the attendees to a short fury after hearing a flashy crash on stage.
Dana White must be thinking: “Ohh Nah, not another main event pull out!”
Non-MMA fans won’t look at this as a big deal since all people trip in a way or another. But, accidents as this rekindle MMA buffs’ scar from losing an attempted matchup between current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and ex-interim-champ Tony Ferguson.
Well, thanks to the odds, they’re just exciting us a bit from the fight since Cormier immediately recovered from the minor fall. He’s still as prepared to fight Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) as he is from the beginning of the deal.
Just spoke to someone with DC, who said he is not happy about the spill today. A speaker was placed next to his chair and he tripped over it. Made it clear to say, “Fight is not in jeopardy” though.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 5, 2018
Apparently, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, DC wasn’t stirred a bit from the trip. Despite this, he’s clearly not happy about the spill.
The curse of the international fight week is saying hello. So perhaps UFC wants to put its main and co-main card fighters on bubble wrap for the next remaining days.
Meanwhile, here’s DC being all okay and funny:
Whether the international fight week curse is on or not, one thing’s for sure right now: the Cormier vs Miocic is still the headliner we’ve all been waiting for. Watch the slight but scary trip below:
On July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans will witness one of the most awaited fight weeks in history via pay-per-view. Here’s the final fight card lineup after Holloway vs Ortega’s elimination from the main event: