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Jones criticized Cormier of using a "dirty" tactic, accusing Cormier of trying to balance out his weight. The fight came to an end when Cormier pulled Johnson's head back with one arm to slide his other under the neck.
Johnson's (22-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) early attempt to out-grapple Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) backfired spectacularly when the Olympic wrestler from Lafayette, Louisiana, reversed him and set up the same rear-naked choke he tapped to in the first meeting. I love you all.
Abdelaziz said he immediately informed UFC president Dana White and Cormier's camp of the impending investigation, but did not mention it publicly so Johnson could focus on the fight.
Johnson has fought three times during that same stretch, including twice in 2016, knocking out Glover Teixeira in 13 seconds at UFC 202 and Ryan Bader in 1:26 at UFC on Fox 18.
"As a fighter, I respect him", 'DC' said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Jones was handed a 12-month suspension by USADA and will again be eligible to fight in July this year.
Johnson initiated the wrestling with Cormier, something he was repeatedly advised not to do as we know from the transcribed corner audio that has emerged after the fight.
"The UFC could offer me the victor of Cormier vs. "Rumble". I want him to enjoy his last moments with the belt".
But after Gonzalez made weight and her medical paperwork were reviewed, the fight was ruled back on. Why would I go into another sport that's the same thing as this, and you take all this impact and stuff?
Cormier on if he was surprised Johnson tried to wrestle with him: "It did surprise me, but then I said ok, I hung on him and I knew I'd get him". Jimi, you can come in here with your bare knuckle and punch me. "No one's addressed it; they just completely got away with one of the dirtiest things I've seen in sports".
"Honestly, man, my team was standing with Anthony's team in the back and they spoke to a couple of his coaches, and they said he been working out and not losing weight", Cormier said. He beat me, so what? "I agree with Daniel Cormier that he still has a lot in the tank and is at the top of the game". Because when I got off the first time, my ass was showing. He's won a couple fights in a row.