You’ve heard of the supposed “Eminem Curse,” right? That when a fighter walks out to Eminem, the chances of a loss seem to be higher than other artists’ walkout songs?
But how about the “Conan Curse”? This was a thing that maybe slipped under the radar a bit, but it seems any time UFC fighters made pre-fight appearances on “Conan” with host Conan O’Brien on TBS, those fighters went on to lose their fights.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was on with O’Brien a few weeks back to promote UFC 226 – and told the host straight up that he nearly canceled because the curse seemed to have sent Ronda Rousey down to defeat … and Miesha Tate … and Conor McGregor … and Nate Diaz … and Michael Bisping …
But Cormier tested fate, anyway – and this past Saturday, he came out better for it.
Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) knocked out heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 226, which took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
And in the process, Cormier became just the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions at the same time, joining McGregor. The curse, seemingly, has been broken.
On Tuesday, Cormier went back on “Conan” – with both his belts – to talk about breaking the curse and his planned future fight against Brock Lesnar.
Check out the video above for Cormier’s appearance on the show. Below, don’t miss his altercation with Lesnar, as well as our photo gallery from his win over Miocic.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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