Donald Cerrone is going to be getting serious heat after comments he made on Sunday in a Q&A panel with CM Punk to discuss UFC 200, as he dropped a homophobic slur when discussing the efforts of Daniel Cormier on the card.
Here’s the exchange, as transcribed by BloodyElbow.com:
Cerrone: “What about the worst fight?”
CM Punk: “The worst fight?”
Cerrone: “Your boy, DC. Terrible!”
CM Punk: “What?”
Cerrone: “Terrible. How are you going to give up weight and then fight like a f*g, man?”
*applause breaks out in the audience*
CM Punk: “Wait a second. You and everybody else who clapped for that were the same people who were cheering when Brock would take Hunt down, and do the exact same thing DC did to Anderson.”
Cerrone: “That’s different. That was Brock.”
CM Punk: “It’s the same thing!”
Cerrone: “Yeah but Anderson is giving up 30 pounds, flies in, two days notice, fights [Cormier], you’re — f*cking stand and fight, motherf*cker!”
CM Punk: “Hey, I get it! Everybody’s disappointed. They want to see Anderson Silva do some ninja shit. But if I’m standing across from him, I don’t want to see him do ninja shit. I’m gonna take his ass down.”
The comment, asinine on its face, is even more poorly timed given the UFC’s efforts this week to benefit the LGBTQ community with their “We Are All Fighters” shirt, the proceeds of which went to the LGBTQ Center in Las Vegas, and in the fact that newly crowned champion Amanda Nunes is herself a gay woman. No further comment has been made by the UFC regarding Cerrone’s statements.
Penick’s Analysis: Michael Bisping recently dropped the same word to Luke Rockhold after their UFC 199 bout, which while awful in its own right saw him immediately apologize. The way Cerrone drops it here is flat out unacceptable, and undermines him to a degree as a fan favorite. It’s a word he’s dropped before, and it’s completely ridiculous that it’s still getting thrown out by someone in his position in 2016. Just an extremely stupid thing to say.
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