When the two light heavyweights clashed just months ago at UFC 210 in April, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier were respectful, courteous, and even jovial towards each other before, during and after their fight. That however, seems now like a distant memory, as the two are currently going at it in a Twitter beef.
It all started when Cormier talked about Johnson in his podcast “Talk & Talker” and criticized “Rumble”.
“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?”
Daniel Cormier continues his rant, says Johnson gave Jon Jones tips prior to UFC 214
Cormier took issue in particular with how Johnson appeared to be giving tips to Jones just before his match with Cormier.
“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?”
Anthony Johnson responds on Facebook, and then DC fires back
Johnson, who recently announced he was returning to the UFC at heavyweight, responded to Cormier who then fired right back.
Here is Johnson’s response via Facebook:
And then Cormier came right back:
Could a rematch be brewing between these two? Seems like bad blood is starting to boil.