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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says he doesn't just spar with Cain Velasquez, they 'fight five rounds'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

If you think UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is sweating Dana White's 'stone age' comments regarding the training habits of San Jose's American Kickboxing Academy, guess again.

"We have to train hard," Cormier told Chael Sonnen this week on the latter's podcast. "Guys get praised for what they do when they come out of this gym. Only good things are said about Luke Rockhold right now. When [UFC heavyweight champion] Cain Velasquez fights, only good things. Myself, all of our guys, not even just the top guys.

"Our guys train really hard and we're going to continue to do it. We're going to continue to train hard. We're going to continue to work our butts off. We're going to continue to spar hard."

In the wake of former champion Jon Jones' being stripped of the light heavyweight title, Cormier will face Anthony Johnson for the vacant championship in the main event at UFC 187 May 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Earlier this week, White elaborated on his concerns of the training habits of select gyms like AKA, saying, 'You can't have all the best guys in the world beating the living s**t out of each other every day.'

"We have changed our training a little bit," Cormier explained. "Like, over the course of the week we'll go lighter. Cain and I tomorrow, we'll spar five rounds. We'll spar five rounds, light. Yesterday, Cain and I fought. We didn't spar yesterday, we fought. We fought for five rounds and today I'm feeling it. [Cain] says he's feeling it, but it's why we will be prepared whenever the Octagon door closes."

Sonnen brought up Velasquez's struggles to stay healthy, the champion not having fought since scoring a TKO victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October 2013.

Velasquez is booked to headline UFC 188 opposite interim heavyweight champion Fabrício Werdum in Mexico City, Mexico.

"He's going to walk out there and fight Fabricio Werdum finally," Cormier said of his teammate. "Get to finally fight in Mexico City. They've tried three times. This is the third time they've gone to Mexico City with the idea that Cain Velasquez is going to main event the card. This time he's healthy. This time he looks amazing. The dude's ready to go. I can't wait."

Barring a loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 later this month, middleweight champion Chris Weidman would likely see AKA's Rockhold named the next No. 1 contender.

Cormier happily took the chance to remind everyone AKA isn't the only camp with casualties.

"We get a lot of flak, man, but Weidman hasn't made it to the Octagon as many times as he's been scheduled, too. So it's a situation where Chris needs to come out healthy in this [Belfort] fight if him and Luke are going to fight later in the year."



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