Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight-turned-welterweight attraction, Donald Cerrone, came under fire last weekend for using a homophobic slur to describe the way Daniel Cormier fought against Anderson Silva at the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He "fought like a fag," according to "Cowboy."
Following his three-round decision over "The Spider," Cormier told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan he "did what he had to do" -- which was not strike with the greatest striker in the history of MMA -- because he trained for Jon Jones, not the Brazilian.
Safe to say he was not impressed with Cerrone's comments, based on this blurb from The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
"My reaction to Donald is shut up. Has he lost his mind? If he had a problem with the way I performed, he could have told me in the back that day. ‘DC, it wasn't a very good fight, man, I didn't like it.' But to do it publicly? Who are you? Are you the greatest fighter of all times? Are you the guy that went out there and got stopped in the first round by Anthony Pettis, that kick in the side and fell down? Are you the guy that got dominated by dos Anjos in the first round, where you just fell down? I've been nothing but a gentleman to that guy, and he just likes to talk. Maybe he was drinking a little bit, I don't know. But who is he to make that decision, and so rude about it? That's a type of thing that's upsetting. What are you doing? Who are you to say that you can say something like that? You beat a couple of guys and all of a sudden you walk around with that stupid cowboy hat... I'll smack the side of your hat with that stupid hat. I'll actually have Khabib do that for me. I'll ask Khabib to smack his head. It's very disappointing, especially under those circumstances, with everything that happened in Orlando and everything, he uses that word and those terms. Man, nobody is exempt from just being like... you have to have some class, man. Hey, Donald, this isn't the wild wild west where you can walk around with your stupid cowboy boots and your hat and spitting tobacco and just talking crazy. You have to have respect and carry yourself with some class. You don't disrespect me like that. At the end of the day, I'm a man. When I see him, we'll have some words, and we'll discuss it."
Let's hope the "Embedded" cameras are nearby when that happens.
Cerrone -- no stranger to hot water -- apologized for using the term at the UFC Fan Expo last Sunday and reiterated his support for the LGBT community. While no specific punishment was mention, UFC officials said they were "incredibly disappointed" with the remark.
For more on that fallout click here.