Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier are lengthy-time buddies and teaching associates at American Kickboxing Academy in California.
From the sounds of it, however, Rockhold wasn’t thoroughly sure what to make of the future two-division UFC champion when they very first satisfied numerous a long time in the past.
Rockhold looked back again on his initially encounters with Cormier all through a new visual appeal on Submission Radio.
“We have been all a couple of many years into AKA, me and Cain, and then DC came alongside,” Rockhold recounted. “You see a great deal of wrestlers come about. Duane Zinkin and Bob Cook, they would recruit a bunch of wrestlers, and they thought that definitely their pedigree would catapult them to remaining fantastic fighters. Effectively, it was not usually the situation. A great deal of them would occur in humbled. And I sort of forgot about my wrestling after a specific issue, following significant faculty, and did not abide by it all that substantially. I do bear in mind a very little little bit of DC when I was in high school, but he came in and was just a loudmouth and was just f**king owing it. I remember he was just instigating fights, like proper off the bat, like he’d been there for many years. And I was like, who the f**k is this man? Like, just cannot even fight, you know, I wanna see what’s up.
“I watched him afterwards that night, some of his wrestling matches and I familiarized myself with them, and I was truly, sort of started out liking him that night time, just seeing him,” Rockhold additional. “Because I could see that he was like preventing fellas just after his wrestling matches and acquiring authentic physical and just exhibiting emotion, and I like individuals that have that in them. And I was like [to Javier Mendez], ‘I wanna f**kin, I wanna go with DC tomorrow.’ And they ended up by now quite significant on him, and DC was in all probability 260 [pounds] at the time, something like that. I was 205 damp, soaking soaked at the time.
“So we went at it and we experienced a fantastic sparring match,” Rockhold concluded. “Then I liked him even additional. We defeat the f**kin’ crap out of every single other. I kicked him in the head, he slammed me on my head, and it went on and on. Then he began throwing canines, throwing punches, and he couldn’t do nearly anything. Then and there, I was like, I type of like this person.”
Daniel Cormier is slated to challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title in the major celebration of UFC 252 this weekend. Luke Rockhold, in the meantime, recently laid out ideas for a comeback. The pair continue being good friends and occasional education parters at AKA.