Daniel Cormier tells Sean O'Malley that 'popularity fades, legacy lasts', after commentary row

After Sean O'Malley claimed that Daniel Cormier dlslikes him, the former UFC heavyweight champion accused the fighter of using him for 'motivation'.

Sean O'Malley has enjoyed a successful comeback to the octagon following his injury problems with his foot, and 'Sugar' now boasts a 15-1 record in the UFC.

But with the Bantamweight fighter now pushing on to win titles, many have urged the 27-year-old to fight tougher opposition.

Daniel Cormier is included in that demographic, and O'Malley also didn't take kindly to the UFC commentator labelling him "tired" in his last fight against Kris Moutinho.

As a result, O'Malley accused Cormier of disliking him and being biased during his commentary.

But Cormier has since responded, insisting that he doesn't "care enough about Sean O'Malley to care if he wins or loses."

"It doesn't really affect me. I like the kid, I think he's a fantastic little fighter, I think he's tough. But the reality is I have eight championship belts at home…it's crazy when we mistake popularity for putting you on the level with someone else.

"The reality is, I don't care if he wins or he loses. I don't want to see the man lose. I think he's good for the sport. I think winning does good things for the sport. But I do believe that he uses this to serve as a little bit of motivation.

"People say, 'You need haters to propel you forward', so I think he's trying to make me that. But the reality is I don't care all that much because I have so many championships at home.

"The guys that should address me in that manner are the ones who have stood alongside me, that have done the things I've done in the game, and that will be remembered forever,"

Cormier was quick to remind O'Malley of his own achievements in the UFC, with the 43-year-old issuing the Montana-born fighter a warning.

"Because until Sean O'Malley wins some championships and gets all the way to the top of the game, bro…. popularity fades. Legacy lasts."

O'Malley isn't alone in his criticism of Cormier's commentary however, with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje both previously accusing the former heavyweight of being biased towards particular fighters.

Frankly, whether Cormier is right or not about O'Malley using him as "motivation", the 27-year-old will be eager to continue his winning streak and challenge for a UFC title in the near future.

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