Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson will most likely return to continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career inside the Octagon, and Daniel Cormier doesn't seem to be a fan of the decision.
Cormier and Johnson are no strangers to each other, as the pair have clashed inside the Octagon twice before. Both time "DC" emerged victorious via submission, however, whenever "Rumble" steps into the cage against anyone else he is able to dominate them and finish the bout with a vicious highlight-reel knockout. After his second loss to Cormier at UFC 210 this past April, Johnson shockingly announced his retirement in favor of pursuing other business opportunities.
Now only six months later reports have surfaced indicating that Johnson is in negotiations with the UFC to make his return to the Octagon, but this time it will be in the heavyweight division. Cormier recently took to his podcast, Talk & Talker, to comment on the situation.
Cormier explained that a situation between himself, Cormier, and Jon Jones at UFC 214 weigh-ins is what started the beef between he and Johnson (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“So here’s the thing, there’s something that’s kind of bothering me right now and it’s news that Anthony Johnson is coming out of retirement.
"I feel like if he was going to retire maybe he should have stayed retired a little bit longer because when you do that, you come back this quick, it just kind of feels like ‘Oh you were mad because you lost, so you just quit’.
"Right? It’s not even a six-month retirement. So it feels kind of like you were mad because you lost, and you kind of just quit. That’s not the way things are supposed to be, you know?”
“Rumble Johnson and I have always been respectful with each other but something happened at UFC 214 that has forever made me change the way I’m going to interact with Anthony Johnson:
“I walk into the back of the weigh-ins for UFC 214, and there’s Rumble. And I go up to Rumble and he says ‘What’s up DC? You look good.’
"Give him a hug, and I say ‘Hey man, I hope you’re enjoying your retirement. You seem happy. I wish you nothing but continued success,’ and I go about my business, much as you’d expect two guys who have competed and have respect for each other would interact.
“Then in walks Jon Jones, and I expect him to - a guy he was supposed to fight, and may at some point still fight - give him the same type of conversation and kind of keep it moving, as a man.
"But Jon walks in, they give each other the shake and the hug, and they talk a little bit, and the conversation seems like Anthony is almost giving him advice. . .
“[Later], I guess Jon’s putting on his shoes or something, and then Rumble walks up to him again but now they’re hugging. Legitimately hugging! Rumble’s leaning over while Jon’s tying his shoes, and Rumble’s leaning over and giving him advice.
“What the f**k kind of advice are you giving him? F**king what the f**k? Why are you so friendly? This is a guy that at some point you may have to fight.
"You’re his friend now? Why the f**k are you his friend? Are you just hoping that he wins because I beat you? What the f**k are you doing?
“I’m done dude. Rumble and I have no more relationship. What the f**k are you so friendly with a guy in your weight class for? F**k that.
"The competitor in you shouldn’t allow you to be that nice to that guy. In my mind, that dude is f**king soft. You should never be that f**king friendly with somebody, especially if it’s somebody that you may end up fighting.
"We can be respectful but you don’t need to be f**king friendly bobbing all over the place.
“The reality is, that s**t pissed me off. I’m not gonna be f**king friends with him anymore, I’m not gonna be f**king respectful with him anymore because who needs to be that f**king nice. Anybody that’s that nice has an ulterior motive, that’s my thought. F**k that.”
What are your thoughts on Cormier's comments towards Johnson after the announcement that he is considering a return to fight at heavyweight? Did Cormeir go too far with his comments? Or is "DC" trying to set up another fight with the vicious knockout artist? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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