Not all celebrities or athletes have the luxury to own a private jet. They can be immensely expensive and sometimes outright worth less than their utility. Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier isn’t happy about his treatment at the hands of American Airlines.
Having made his UFC debut in 2013, ‘DC’ went on to have quite an illustrious career that not many can boast of. Throughout the years, the 44-year-old Lafayette native has secured wins over the likes of Stipe Miocic, Derrick Lewis, Anderson Silva, and more. However, like every athlete, his reign came to an end.
Often touted as Jon Jones’ biggest rival, Daniel Cormier retired from the sport of MMA after suffering two consecutive losses to Stipe Miocic. However, the Louisiana resident has stayed a prominent part of the company. DC now commentates on fights alongside the likes of Joe Rogan and Jon Anik.
And due to his outside-the-cage responsibilities, Cormier has to spend a good amount of his time in fighter meetings and traveling in and out of the city. However, as per Daniel, he might not be able to make it to one such upcoming meeting tomorrow morning.
“That’ll be it for me.”
Daniel Cormier officially announces his retirement from UFC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 16, 2020
The 44-year-old recently took to social media to share a seemingly uncomfortable experience he had with a major United States airline at San Francisco International Airport. According to him, American Airlines gave his seat away to another individual, without even notifying the former UFC fighter.
“I am literally in the worst experience. It’s unreal how horrific @AmericanAir staff at SFO is behaving right now. I show up to my flight to find out my seat has been given away,” Cormier said, before going on a rant about someone who seemingly appears to be an American Airlines employee.
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He added, “If that isn’t enough this man Jose Chavez won’t even speak to me. This dude walks away from me as I am speak and he slams the door in my face. This is the same airline that gave @paigevanzant issues. This is insane! So unprofessional! Wouldn’t even speak a word to me and then slams the f*cking door in my face!”
In the accompanying Instagram caption, Cormier wrote – “@americanair get your people right fuck man! I can’t believe this shit. I have fighter meetings in morning !” As of now, it is unclear whether Daniel got his issues resolved with the airlines.
Similar to Daniel Cormier, Paige VanZant also faced an issue with JetBlue
When Daniel Cormier pointed to Paige VanZant‘s similar issue, he wasn’t wrong. In April of last year, PVZ, a former UFC fighter had a similar experience, albeit with JetBlue. For fans unaware, JetBlue and American Airlines announced a partnership in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As per their deal, the two airlines would coordinate schedules and share revenues in Boston and New York.
VanZant, who is known for her dazzling looks and fighting skills, shared a strong message for JetBlue last year. In mid-April 2022, the 29-year-old took to Instagram stories to call out the said airlines for allegedly canceling her flight without prior notice.
Paige VanZant went OFF at JetBlue after they canceled her flight https://t.co/heN7HZHQ2y
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) April 16, 2022
As per TMZ, her flight was canceled which seemingly angered the AEW star. She fumed even more upon later realizing that there were many families stranded at the airport. “F U JetBlue,” VanZant said in an Instagram story, “Just sat at my gate for over an hour waiting for my flight. Never got an updated gate or delay info.”
She continued, “Went to ask where the flight is. Apparently, they changed the gate and didn’t tell anyone. Me and multiple family’s now are stranded. They didn’t call our names or update the app or announce a gate change.”
“They will not get us on a flight until tomorrow. I’m lucky I live in Florida. What about all these other families!!!! Multiple families with nowhere to sleep. JetBlue you s*ck,” PVZ concluded.
Vanzant then added that her rescheduled flight was further delayed but eventually took off later. An anonymous representative of JetBlue spoke with TMZ after the chaos ended. They informed, “Our records indicate this customer missed her flight and was put on the next available flight. This flight was not canceled.”
Paige, who competes in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Champion, also signed a contract with AEW in March 2022. During her time with the UFC, PVZ secured wins over the likes of Felice Herrig, Bec Rawlings, and Rachael Ostovich. VanZant went 5-4 with the Las Vegas-based promotion from 2014 to 2020.