Birds once tried to nest in UFC champ Daniel Cormier's afro (when he had hair)

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Ahead of arguably the biggest fight of the year, UFC champion Daniel Cormier had a major media appearance.

Light-heavyweight titleholder Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) appeared on Monday’s edition of “Conan” on TBS to discuss next month’s UFC 226 heavyweight headliner against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC). While there, “DC” explained why he’s scared of birds, which can be traced back to his days wrestling at Oklahoma State University.

Cormier said he was riding his bike – before his current male-pattern baldness set in – and letting the breeze blow through his beautiful afro. But then two birds left the power line and went after him.

“They were like nesting my hair,” Cormier said.

While he was on the bike?

“Well, temporarily on a bike,” he said with a laugh. “Because I turned quick and fell. This is the college wrestler, an All-American, on the ground and picking up his books while these two birds – they’re fearless. They’re right behind my hair. And they’re trying to nest my afro.”

Check out the full clip above. And catch the one below as Cormier discusses while he nearly canceled his appearance (after all, MMA notables who appear on “Conan” don’t have a great track record of success).

UFC 226 takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Area in Las Vegas, and Miocic vs. Cormier headlines the stacked pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC 226, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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