Daniel Cormier may have unintentionally provided an unfair advantage to several fighters at Saturday's UFC 249 event.
Several fighters who ended up winning their bouts said they could hear Cormier in his role as analyst, since the event was held without spectators in the Jacksonville, Fla. venue. Those fighters took his analysis as coaching, tweaked their approach in the fight and ended up winning.
Among the fighters to thank Cormier for his advice were Carla Esparza and Greg Hardy. Jr.
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Cormier later in the broadcast acknowledged that he may have given advice from his booth, but added there's nothing he could do at the moment since he still had a job to do.
It will be interesting to see how UFC responds to this unforeseen twist, or if fighters continue to take advantage of Cormier's coaching — er, analysis.