One of the unique features to the UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service is the ability to view what’s going on inside the octagon from numerous angles. But as has been seen several times in recent years, it’s not always pretty.
Following Daniel Cormier’s knockout loss to Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 214 headliner, an overhead octagon cameras locked in on the now-former UFC light heavyweight champion.
On the live pay-per-view broadcast, it was evident Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was having trouble regaining his wits after the stoppage. That fact became undeniable when UFC commentator Joe Rogan interviewed a concussed “D.C.,” which he later apologized for doing without order.
For more than 2 minutes Cormier is seen stumbling around the octagon as medical personnel, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) representatives, referee “Big” John McCarthy, and even UFC President Dana White attempt to help calm and assist the 38-year-old.
(VIDEO) This overhead camera shot stays on Daniel Cormier for a few minutes following the knockout loss to Jon Jones. Not an easy watch. pic.twitter.com/5UIUDvGGIH
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 30, 2017
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald was caught collapsing to the canvas following his “Fight of the Year” war with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 2015. Another example from December 2015 saw footage released of a devastated former featherweight king Jose Aldo after his 13-second knockout to Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
Outside of his brief in-octagon interview with Rogan, Cormier has not spoken or released a statement since UFC 214. The footage, however, speaks volumes.
Watch the full highlights from the fight: