Daniel Cormier gives passionate speech supporting Cain Velasquez.
Considering the bond that Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier share, Cormier’s tribute to Velasquez in such a tough time will come as an emotional one.
Having moved down a weight class at the height of his powers to allow Velasquez to continue on as the Heavyweight champ, Cormier has always been clear in his respect for his teammate and believes that he wasn’t the only one who helped the other in their partnership.
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“Every time you see him go to court, I will be there because he was always there for me.”
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After receiving the news that he would be inducted into the hall-of-fame, Cormier spoke to the media about those who helped him get to where he is.
“I was lucky because I had some great coaches,” said Cormier.
“I had a lot of people that loved and cared for me and allowed for me to get where I went. To have two hall-of-famers in one year from the same gym… think of the level of coaching we’ve got inside the walls of the American kickboxing academy.
“It’s like nothing else, a lot of things had to go right for me.”
One thing he certainly believes went right for him is his partnership with Cain Velasquez who is currently in the midst of a serious trial.
“Cain Velasquez, who is now faced with the worst possible situation, he carried me to heights I never thought.
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“In all my biggest moments, he was right next to me. Now as he is on this journey and this fight that he’s in, I try to support him as best I can. Every time you see him go to court or something, I will be there because he was always there for me.”
Cormier, like many, is upset about Velasquez’s situation because his alleged crime came from a place of duty to a young relative of his.
“It absolutely kills me as a father to see what he is going through. Yeah, it kills me.
“But I get to talk to him, which makes me one of the lucky ones. I’ve gotten to visit him and I get calls from him. I’m one of the lucky ones, who still get to have him in their life.”