Daniel Cormier made a second career out of talking, as the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 205-pound champion is an analyst for FOX Sports and can be seen dissecting fights on the post-fight shows, as well as on “UFC Tonight.”
But according to Anthony Johnson, “DC” likes to talk about himself more than anything else. In a sense, he is his own biggest cheerleader. But when it comes to being a promoter, “Rumble” says “DC” is lacking.
“‘DC’ will always talk. I just found out he just talks. I kind of figured it out. He talks just to hear himself talk,” Johnson told FOX Sports. “I know he wants to be that guy that’s a big-time promoter and all this other stuff, but I think he’s his own biggest cheerleader and his own worst promoter, for sure. People don’t believe half the [expletive] he says.”
After attacking his verbal and promotional skills, Johnson shifted his attention to Cormier’s fighting style, saying that the current 205-pound champion isn’t exactly the most “exciting” fighter. But at the end of the day, he finds a way to walk away the victor.
“Everyone knows if he gets hit or even if he doesn’t get hit, he’ll go in for the takedown,” Johnson said. “That’s kind of what he’ll do. He’s a wrestler. That’s where his heart is and that’s just the truth. He’s not the most exciting fighter, but what he does gets the job done,” added Johnson, who was choked out by Cormier at UFC 187.
After months of promoting a rematch that was supposed to go down at UFC 206 last December but was delayed due to this, Johnson says he’s just about had it with the talking ahead of this weekend’s (Sat., April 8, 2017) title fight at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York.
Though the same can’t be said for his opponent.
“It comes to a point where you get tired of talking. I’m not ‘DC.’ I don’t want to do all this talking to make myself look like Billy Bad Ass. I go in and I fight and I do my best, win or lose,” Johnson said. “That’s just what it is with me. I don’t go in there half-assing. Either I’m going out on my shield or you’re going out on your shield. That’s just what it is. I go out there and fight. I see an opening, I take it. You make a mistake, I take it.”
Indeed, Johnson has been known to “talk with his hands.”
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