"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."
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."
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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Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) May 7, 2015
@ScottCoker Hey Scott, miss your face.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) May 7, 2015
Ditto https://t.co/6lBCydQtwX— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) May 7, 2015
Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) May 7, 2015
Fellow UFC vets, Am I the only one who this deal benefited for in cage appearance? Outside the cage im fine . A lot of discontent out there?— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) May 7, 2015
Lots of talk about Reebok "ending" fighter sponsorship. None of my core sponsors have ever been based on logo placement. #management— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) May 7, 2015
@DiegoSanchezUFC Haha I've been getting shit all day from uneducated fans for calling people cry babies for bitching about this deal— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) May 7, 2015
Cody Gibson (@TheRenegade559) May 6, 2015
Why complain about something if you don't plan on doing something about it! ☕️— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 6, 2015
I have done very well in sponsorship for my 2ufc bouts but sponsorship is just a bonus. I get paid to beat my opponents ass @arielhelwani— Ryan Benoit (@BabyfaceBenoit) May 6, 2015
Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) May 7, 2015
Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) May 7, 2015
@MidwayPat let's just say I would be pissed if I was stuck in the reebok deal.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 7, 2015
The majority of them. But then again I know guys in the top tier who will lose pay bc of it also. https://t.co/rU7yM7Ks4K— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 7, 2015
Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 7, 2015
Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 7, 2015
Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) May 7, 2015
You are paid to fight end of.. Stop bitching about sponsorship @ufc— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) May 6, 2015
Im baffled as to why how much ufc fighters get per fight via reebok deal concerns everyone nobody asked how much i got on a building site— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) May 6, 2015
I focus on what I can control not what I can't.— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) May 6, 2015
Hey Tyron Stop shaking. I got an opponent. Y'don't hafta peek between the curtains— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) May 6, 2015
"You're", not "Your" "Were", not "Was" @TWooodley— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) May 6, 2015
Hard to concentrate on grammar and spelling when your hands are trembling' @TWooodley— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) May 6, 2015
Valdir Araujo (@bbmonstruoso) May 7, 2015
Did Steve really miss weight tonight? Lol taking it serious he want the gold :)— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) May 7, 2015
Well not gonna talk shit about the loss, but I will say I don't respect you as a human being and honestly think you are a piece of shit.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) May 7, 2015
All I got to say is karma. Think you are the shit and think people are below you look what happens. Put in fucking place.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) May 7, 2015
@kevinkocasey I showed Lyoto nothing but respect. You're a joke, u ain't climbing no ladder— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) April 20, 2015
Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 7, 2015
Talk about a drug test 24 hours later I'm here in downtown LA Goldenboy building about to get... https://t.co/VLkUlGUMbp— kendallgrovemma (@kendallgrovemma) May 6, 2015
San Diego sounds good! Let's scrap youngin! Meathooks and hammers https://t.co/MYrxTw7cBi— Samuel Sicilia (@SamSiciliaMMA) May 6, 2015
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