Daniel Cormier makes a surprising revelation
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 574
As we know well in two days there will be WWE Extreme Rules which this year finally has again a card full of matches with a special stipulation worthy of the name that bears the PLE and among these there is a Fight Pit Match between Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle.
In addition to being a singular and quite brutal match, the special thing for this event is that there will be a special referee: UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier. Speaking to ESPN MMA's Marc Raimondi, Cormier revealed that it was Seth Rollins who first contacted him regarding getting involved with Extreme Rules, not WWE executives.
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Former UFC star Daniel Cormier said: “The [WWE] managers did not contact me. It was Seth Rollins, he wrote to me: 'We have a real fight in the fight pit and we are interested in a special referee, would you be interested in that?' So I said: 'Yes, I would be interested in doing it.
I think it's funny. I think what you did was a pleasure to watch. I think it will be intense, I think I can add something to the story.' These guys who are professionals will do magic as they have done on so many occasions. So I hope I can add something to what they are doing in there.
I said I would be interested and put them in touch with my agent and it worked." Then he went on to say that he immediately contacted UFC president Dana White who gave him permission without hesitation: “I called Dana right away.
He was like, 'Dude, you in WWE? How could I say no? ' He was like, 'I would never say no to WWE. I know how much you like it. 'So yes, they were all in favor of it. The UFC is exalted. And they also gave me permission to nominate the UFC so I'll try to do it as much as possible." Daniel Cormier has voiced his excitement about his upcoming WWE debut at the WWE Extreme Rules event that'll transpire on October 8.
Additionally, 'DC' also alluded to the real-life animosity between Rollins and Riddle by stating: "This made sense because not only is this program between the two very intense, it's rooted in something more. If you keep up with the [WWE] product, you'll understand that these two guys [Rollins and Riddle] don't get along.
And it's not only in terms of, 'You're my enemy in the match.' No, they don't get along outside of the ring. So, it just made sense."