Popeyes Chicken Nearly Derails Daniel Cormier’s Light Heavyweight Debut

Written by Tom Ngo
February 20th, 2014

Strikeforce UFC Daniel Cormier

“Love That Chicken From Popeyes.” As it turns out, that’s not only the fried chicken food chain’s slogan, but also Daniel Cormier’s (pictured) rallying cry.

Cormier was set to make his light heavyweight debut against Rashad Evans at UFC 170. However, Evans pulled out at the 11th hour with a knee injury and Cormier thought all of his hard work – specifically dieting – was for naught.

A depressed and teary-eyed Cormier proceeded to do what any fried chicken aficionado would – go on a four-piece bender.

“I hear I’m not fighting on Wednesday and I’m all sad,” Cormier revealed during Wednesday’s UFC 170 media day. “The only thing that can make a Louisiana boy feel better is Popeyes. So I freaked out the next day. It was bad, it was horrible. I had four pieces of chicken and cajun rice, it was so good. I was laying on the ground, I was hurting. I was like, ‘Oh, this is so bad.’

“Because I hadn’t eaten anything like that in so long. How could it taste so good to be so bad? I was like, ‘Oh, my stomach’s killing me, but I feel so good.'”

Cormier felt even worse the next day when UFC president Dana White called and said he was still fighting this Saturday. The former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner now meets last-second substitute Patrick Cummins at UFC 170.


Thankfully for Cormier, his nutritionist had the secret remedy to flush out the 34-year-old’s greasy intake from the prior day – chug three gallons of water.

Cormier says after inhaling the H2O, he was right back on track.

Just in case you were wondering, Cormier is planning to pig out again Sunday with some barbecue and, you guessed it, Popeyes Chicken.

Don’t feel bad, Daniel. Popeyes is also Beyoncé’s kryptonite.

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