Daniel Cormier responds to Donald Cerrone’s comments: “Has he lost his mind? … You don’t disrespect me like that”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Daniel Cormier (photo credit Joe Camporeale © USA Today Sports)

Daniel Cormier has sounded off against Donald Cerrone following Cerrone’s derogatory comments about his performance at UFC 200.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday, Cormier ripped into Cerrone’s criticisms and his use of a homophobic slur.

“My reaction to Donald is shut up. Has he lost his mind?” Cormier said. “I mean, what was this guy talking about? Donald Cerrone, who made you the person… on what ground does he stand on to be able to say something like that to someone like me? He can tell me stuff. 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.’d 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… 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.”

Penick’s Analysis: Cerrone may have burned the wrong kind of bridges there. Who knows how much this will affect him moving forward, but it obviously touched a nerve with Cormier, who will have a sounding board at some point on Fox Sports 1. Whether anything more comes to him from the UFC remains to be seen, but he’s getting rightfully chastised in response.

[Photo (c) Joe Camporeale via USA Today Sports]

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