UFC light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier tells top contender, Anthony Johnson that he'll abandon his wrestling and knock "Rumble" out if they fight a second time.
In a recent Twitter feud, the Olympic wrestler said that he wants to fight Johnson on Dec. 30, which is UFC 207 – the last card of the 2016 calendar. No fights have been announced for UFC 207.
Cormier also took a shot at Johnson's reputation of being the hardest-hitting striker in the 205-pound division, saying that Johnson doesn't hit as hard as people think he does.
Cormier (18-1) was recently scheduled to defend his UFC light heavyweight belt against current interim champ, Jon Jones, but Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 card just days before due to a USADA violation. Instead, Cormier faced MMA legend, Anderson Silva on short notice. "DC" won that bout, defeating Silva via unanimous decision. Cormier's only career loss was to Jon Jones at UFC 182, in January 2015.
Meanwhile, Johnson (22-5) is coming off a devastating win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 in August. 'Rumble' knocked out the Brazilian just 13 seconds into the fight. That victory improved Johnson's win streak to three in a row since losing to Cormier at UFC 187.
It's unclear if Johnson will be the next contender to challenge Cormier for the belt, despite his Number 1 contender ranking. Both fighters show interest in fighting each other, but we all know that's not always the deciding factor. UFC president, Dana White said recently on the 'UFC Unfiltered' podcast that he’s considering Johnson vs. Jon Jones to see who fights Cormier for the title.
“I’m in a weird place,” White said. “We saw that fight, and it was a great fight. I’ve still got to talk to Joe Silva [UFC matchmaker] and see what he thinks, but I’m thinking maybe we do Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones to see who gets to fight Daniel Cormier.”