Last Saturday, Daniel Cormier lost the UFC light heavyweight title to his fiercest rival Jon Jones, succumbing to a third-round head-kick and followup punches. Shortly after this emotional loss, during his ill-advised Octagon interview with Joe Rogan, Cormier broke down in tears. In the opinion of UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Cormier should have done his best to hold back his tears until he got backstage. Crying out in the open, Bisping suggested, gave Jones just the revenge he was looking for.
“Cormier shouldn’t have done that,” Bisping said on his podcast Believe You Me (h/t Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com) . “I thought it was bad because – listen, I’ve never cried when I’ve lost a fight, that’s not what I’m saying though. What I’m saying is because how much they dislike one another, and for as classy as Jon Jones could be inside the octagon, don’t tell me that that wasn’t the ultimate f**king revenge for Jon Jones to see D.C. crying. So what I mean is that the way he should have handled that better is to save that for the private moments.
“But he’d just been scrambled. Obviously he wasn’t thinking straight. He was highly emotional, he’d just been knocked out. You don’t know where you are when you’ve been knocked out, I’ll tell you that right now. Even though you’re back on you’re talking to Joe Rogan, you still don’t know what the f**k is going on. And by the way, that was a bad knockout.”
Bisping then commented on the widespread pity that people seem to be feeling to Cormier. In his opinion, there is no reason to feel sorry for the former champ.
“In that period of fighting for the title and being the champion, he’s made millions and millions of dollars. I would guess six to seven million dollars in a couple of years, maybe more. Maybe close to ten million dollars, who knows? I was feeling sorry for him but then I said, hold on a minute. At the end of the day, we do this for money. He’s earned a s**t-ton of money, he’s been the champion, and he’s lost and he’s a grown ass man and he’ll deal with it. There’s no need to sit here feeling sorry for him and he probably doesn’t want that anyway.”
What do you think of these comments from the middleweight king Michael Bisping?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/1/2017.