Daniel Cormier backs Chimaev: ‘No law that says you have to touch gloves’

Daniel Cormier has been slow to catch up on UFC 279 which is why he offered an interesting take on what transpired during Khamzat Chimaev clash against Kevin Holland.

Initially the onlookers believed that Chimaev’s quick takedown landed thanks to a ‘dirty’ move.

UFC Lightweight Matt “The Steamrolla” Frevola was among the first to accuse Chimaev of using a dirty tactic to score his takedown.


Chimaev’s critics accused him of showing poor sportsmanship by allegedly pretending to touch gloves.

UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier remarked in a video

“There’s no rule under which you have to touch gloves to start. Chimaev would get into the octagon. He went to touch Kevin Holland’s glove. When he got in there, Kevin said, ‘No, I’m good. I’m good.”

He added: “Do I think Khamzat tried to do a fake glove touch? No. I think that he feinted a punch; hands go up, you shoot on your opponent… Even if he did, there was no law that says you have to touch gloves.”

But despite the initial impression, processed footage of the incident reveals a different picture.


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Chimaev was confronted by the theory during the press conference. He was once again unapologetic and explained that he wasn’t looking at Holland’s hands.

“How are you going to see it? I wanna take off his head and I’m going to watch his hands. So I why they’re watching on my head, you know, what is his head? So I don’t know. So we’re always people find some funny things to say. I don’t know. So you want to go back? We’re going back and squeeze his head off again.”

Frevola recounted his accusation when confronted with the footage.