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Daniel Cormier on rift with Anthony Johnson: ‘The reality is, I was wrong’

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Daniel Cormier takes the blame for his recent rift with former challenger Anthony Johnson.

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and retired former title challenger Anthony Johnson recently made headlines when they recently went head-to-head at each other via social media. It all stemmed from Cormier’s displeasure when he saw “Rumble” and Jon Jones share a moment during the UFC 214 weigh-ins in July.

Johnson and Cormier went on a trade of tirades last week, but during DC’s recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, he came to realize the absurdity of the situation, and admitted to be in the wrong.

“After Rumble put that post up, I tweeted him,” Cormier explained. “But then I texted him. Because I was mad. Like, ‘I’m mad. I want to fight.’ The reality is, I texted him, and I said some things that weren’t very cool. But then I was talking to somebody that means a lot to me and they said, ‘Why are you so mad? You started it. You said stuff. And you’re mad at him.”

“So the reality is, I was wrong,” he continued. “I should not have called him soft. But I thought that I didn’t like the action, but why do I expect so much out of him? Why do I expect him to not be able to be respectful and still compete at the highest level of the sport?”

Cormier also admitted that his real reason for the “soft” comments had nothing to do with Jones. Rather, it was about Rumble’s decision to retire from MMA after UFC 210.

“I think the bigger issue for me was just not even the thing with Jones; it was like, ‘Man, I wish you would have just thought about it a little more before he made that decision (to retire).’ Look, I said it before: I hope he comes back,” Cormier said. “Because he should be fighting. He’s that good. But it was just so quick.”

“It just seemed like he should have taken a little more time in regards to making that decision, but who am I to pick when he retires? I’ve just got a different way of viewing stuff, man. I guess that’s why I am who I am.”

Johnson recently revealed that he was considering coming out of retirement, but is planning to move up to heavyweight if he does return. Cormier, meanwhile, is looking to face rising star Volkan Oezdemir for his first title defense as reinstated champion.


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