Javier Mendez has admitted that Daniel Cormier was ‘by no means the identical’ after his again surgical procedure.
Mendez is the longtime head coach of Daniel Cormier. He helped DC by way of among the greatest fights of his profession. Other than Cormier, Mendez has additionally coached a number of different UFC champions resembling Cain Velasquez, Luke Rockhold, and Khabib Nurmagomedov on the world-famous American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
Javier Mendez just lately appeared on The Schmozone Podcast and opened up on a number of intriguing subjects. Addressing the latest feedback made by Daniel Cormier whereby Cormier revealed that he had slowed down after present process again surgical procedure, Javier Mendez said:
“Properly, you already know, being that we’ve been in contact with DC, we’ve seen him, monitoring his progress and his decline slightly bit. 100% after the (again) surgical procedure, he was by no means the identical – Surgical procedure and age. In all equity, we nonetheless felt he was ok to keep up that (UFC heavyweight) title. We nonetheless felt he might have nonetheless stored that title, however we knew he slowed down. 100%; we knew he wasn’t the identical.”
“We see him day in and time out, we all know what he’s all about. We all know what he might do, and we knew that he misplaced a step. Sure, he hundred p.c did. Now, was it as a result of again harm? Partially. Was it as a result of age? Partially. So, I say a mix of each. You already know, it’s like all people says – The older you get, the slower you get, you already know. And the one factor that doesn’t go away is the facility, however we felt he was nonetheless ok to retain the title. However we positively noticed him by no means the identical after the again surgical procedure. And age slowed him down, for certain; a hundred percent.” (*H/T Sportskeeda for the transcription)
In a nutshell, Javier Mendez steered that it was each age (Daniel Cormier was 41 on the time of his retirement struggle in August 2020) and the again surgical procedure that adversely affected Cormier’s performances contained in the octagon.
Daniel Cormier competed solely twice after the again surgical procedure
Following his win over Derrick Lewis in November 2018, Daniel Cormier underwent again surgical procedure. Cormier competed in solely a few MMA fights since then.
DC misplaced by way of fourth-round TKO to Stipe Miocic in August 2019, and he then misplaced by way of unanimous determination in the trilogy matchup towards Miocic in August 2020. Daniel Cormier retired after that, and he’s now working as an analyst and commentator for the UFC.
Revealed 31 Dec 2020, 05:55 IST