Cormier apologizes for insulting Johnson
When former UFC light heavyweight champion Anthony Johnson said he would likely be returning to the Octagon, at heavyweight, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was not impressed. DC’s reasoning was, frankly, hard to follow but centered on AJ appearing to be friendly with Jon Jones.
“In my mind, that dude is f***ing soft,” said the champ.
However, Cormier gave it time, simmered down, and offered an apology during a recent appearance on MMAJunkie Radio.
“After Rumble put that post up, I tweeted him,” began Cormier, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “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. I shouldn’t have called him soft. 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?
“So I walk it back a little bit. I was wrong. I shouldn’t have said anything about him being soft. Everybody does not have to view competition like I do and I think that’s why – if he wants to be friends with [Jon] and be nice and cordial, then fine. What does that matter to me?”
“I said it before: I hope he comes back 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.”
“I need to talk to Rumble and try to either apologize or make it right in some way, shape, or form. The reality is, I was wrong. Not everybody should view competition like I do. So to Anthony Johnson, I apologize. I should not have said that. I should not have said that. I should not have said that and because I said it, I have to truly expect him to respond and he did and because he responded, I should not try to fight him in the streets of Las Vegas. I’ve got to be better than that.”
While the initial outburst was odd from the usually positive Cormier, the apology was not. Cromier is a role model and the role model has returned.