Former Light Heavyweight title contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson grumbled a bit at the media as he left the cage following his spectacular knockout victory over Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 in Las Vegas last night (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015).
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When asked in the post-event press conference what he meant, Johnson explained his thoughts about media coverage of his recent out of competition activities:
Reporter: "You had kind of a rough build up to this but you said it to all of us ..."
Rumble: "I thought it wasn't rough. I was fine. You guys weren't fine."
Reporter: "Ok, fair enough. I was going to ask you, this is an opportunity to expand on that now here in front of everybody. It was a brief message, 'hey write about this.' Do you feel like you've been treated unfairly and people are a little too harsh on you?
Rumble: "Like I said before, you guys are gonna write whatever you want to write. A lot of you guys write a lot of bullshit, you know? But that's what you do, that's what you have to do to get paid and I'm fine with that. But, if you're gonna write something bad also write something good."
Johnson is no doubt referring to numerous stories recently circulating involving misogynistic comments on Facebook and allegations of animal abuse that may not have put the fighter in very flattering light.
Well, "Rumble," I can't speak for every journalist on the planet, but to quote the old expression, "Don't shoot the messenger!"
Nevertheless, it should cheer up Johnson to know he's $50,000 richer thanks to a "Performance of the Night" bonus that puts him back in the win column in UFC's 205-pound division. Perhaps he can invest some of that money in a new gym membership where yoga mats are strictly forbidden.