Cormier Apologizes To Johnson For “Soft” Comments
Following comments on a podcast, and social media arguing between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, the UFC light heavyweight champion has openly apologized to Johnson.
It began on Cormier’s podcast where he called Johnson “f**king soft” because of his close relationship with Jon Jones. Johnson took offense and responded by calling Cormier a “cry baby ass,” and saying that he and Cormier were never friends. Then Cormier got wind of Johnson’s response and it seemed that we may see a third fight between Johnson and Cormier.
Yet, following an interview Cormier did with MMAJunkie Radio, Cormier realized that he was at fault for what transpired and walked back his statements calling “Rumble” soft.
“After Rumble put that post up, I tweeted him, 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?”
Johnson has been rumored for a return to the octagon, but as a heavyweight. “Rumble” announced his retirment following a loss to Cormier in April at UFC 210. Johnson claimed he was walking away from MMA to focus on starting a business in medical marijuana. Though during an interview on the MMA Hour, Johnson’s manager told Ariel Helwani that Johnson is meeting with thE UFC to discuss a potential return.
One never to shy away from the truth, Cormier offered a sincere apology to Johnson and offered to make amends.
“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.”