UFC icon Daniel Cormier declares IC champ Gunther as favorite WWE star, snubbing Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins

Daniel Cormier, known as DC, a former UFC two-division champion widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, has expressed his admiration for WWE, both as a spectator and as an occasional participant.

Apart from the UFC, Cormier has had a friendly relationship with WWE for a long time. Cormier has been a guest commentator on WWE programming on several occasions. Recently, in an interview, Cormier picked a WWE Raw superstar as his all-time favorite.

Daniel Cormier lauds Gunther

Cormier’s admiration for WWE is not surprising. He is a lifelong wrestling fan, and he has a deep appreciation for the sport. Recently Cormier named the RAW star as his all-time favorite wrestler during an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. Cormier has expressed his admiration for WWE Superstar Gunther, calling him his favorite wrestler of all time.

“My boy Gunther is just so good. He’s my favorite wrestler of all time. He has surpassed The Macho Man. I love Seth (Rollins), but Gunther… I got in a fight a while back with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks because they were doing too many flips. They were doing too many flips. It really pissed me off, all the flips. So, because they were doing all the flips, I was like, ‘What about a Body Slam, or like a Splash?’ Gunther’s move is a Sleeper Hold, a Powerbomb, and he does this Splash off of the top rope, where he jumps off, and it is just awesome,” said Cormier.

Cormier, a self-proclaimed fan of traditional wrestling styles, particularly appreciates Gunther’s emphasis on strength and power moves. Gunther is the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in history. He is also the leader of Imperium, a faction of wrestlers who follow a strict code of honor and respect. 

Gunther With IC Title
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Gunther’s dedication to traditional wrestling, coupled with his strong physique and engaging persona, has made him a fan favorite and a formidable force in WWE. As he continues to dominate the competition, it’s clear that Gunther is a wrestler to watch, and Daniel Cormier is not alone in his admiration.

Daniel Cormier believes Sasha Banks likely to return to WWE

Sasha Banks, made headlines in May 2022 when she abruptly walked out of WWE, raising speculations about the reasons behind her sudden departure. While the exact cause remains shrouded in mystery, a combination of factors, including creative disputes and financial grievances, is believed to have played a significant role in her decision.

During an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Daniel Cormier shared his thoughts on the possibility of Sasha Banks’ return to WWE. Cormier expressed his belief that Banks’ return is inevitable and could occur as early as the Royal Rumble in 2024.

Sasha Banks with WWE Championship
via WWE

Cormier also highlighted Banks’ recent success in Japan, where she captured the IWGP Women’s Championship in February 2023. He believes this experience will only enhance Banks’ skills and further ignite her desire to return to WWE and reclaim her position as one of the company’s top stars.


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