UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fights #1 contender Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Saturday. However, Cormier has been defeated by Jon Jones, and Johnson has been defeated by Cormier. Jones has only been defeated by a perfect storm of a struggling referee and a vestigial Unified Rule, and by deep character flaws.
DC and Rumble appeared recently on the 5ive Rounds podcast and were asked about Jones. Johnson kindly tried to set aside Jones numerous failings. Cormier didn’t.
“I think we’ve got to stop saying, ‘Regardless of what happened.’ We know what happened,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “We know exactly what he did. So when we say stuff like, ‘Regardless of what happened,’ or we don’t state the facts, it’s almost like we’re sweeping it under the rug. We know what he did. We know the bad things that he did. We know that he tried to cheat. We know all this stuff. So I get annoyed because I’m like, ‘Why are you asking me about a guy that, three days before we were supposed to fight, pissed hot?’ That’s the stuff that annoys me, not the fact that he’s a good fighter. He’s a great fighter.”
“He got that year [suspension] from USADA, right? He got a year suspension and there’s this misconception that USADA believed his excuse. They did not believe his excuse. They gave him the max amount of time that they could for what he did! The defense that he had didn’t prove anything. USADA gave him the max suspension that they could give him so, to me, he’s a cheater. They didn’t buy that whole — what was it, a fertility pill, or a sex pill? They didn’t buy it because if they bought the explanation, they would not have given him the max amount of time that they could have.”
“You cheated. You also smashed into somebody’s car and ran away. I know what you did. If everybody else wants to ignore it, they can. I’m not.”