Anthony Johnson: ‘This Definitely Isn’t About the Money’

It appears that Anthony Johnson has faced some backlash after filing an appeal contesting UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier‘s weigh-in prior to their rematch at UFC 210 on April 8.

There was much criticism of Cormier after he missed weight by 1.2 pounds when he first stepped on the scale, but then made weight two minutes later with his hands touching the towel draped in front of him while standing on the scale upon his second attempt. 

Cormier was not reprimanded by officials and the fight moved forward. Cormier submitted Johnson in the second round of the fight, successfully defending his belt.

This week, Johnson and his camp filed a formal appeal of Cormier’s weigh-in, which, in part, asks for specific minimum penalties if Cormier is unable to provide “an evidence and fact based explanation for his conduct” at the UFC 210 weigh-in.

Anthony Johnson UFC 210 ScrumAccording to Johnson’s letter of appeal, as transcribed by MMAFighting.com, “After such sworn testimony, if Mr. Cormier could not, would not, or did not satisfactorily provide an evidence and fact based explanation for his conduct, then he should be disciplined for his action by the NYSAC to preserve the integrity of the sport. Should Mr. Cormier be subject to discipline, while it is clear he could be suspended for his actions, at a minimum, Daniel Cormier should be ordered to pay 20% of his fight purse to Anthony Johnson and should be stripped of his UFC Men’s Light Heavyweight Title for failing to make weight on April 8, 2017.”

Following news of the official appeal, Johnson took to his Instagram account to post a follow-up statement, in which he said that he does not want Cormier stripped of the title, despite what his appeal might say.

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“First and foremost I never said I wanted D.C. stripped of the title. He beat me and that’s that… 2nd I said everything would be handled After the fight because I was focused on the Fight. Weigh ins was messed up and at the end of the day it was wrong. If I lose fans because I’m fighting for what’s right then so be it. If it happen to me, it can happen to anybody,” wrote Johnson.

“The world made all of this noise about it and when an appeal is made the world will cry about the appeal. That makes zero sense! Weigh ins was messed up and the fight wasn’t because he beat me. I’m not complaining about the loss, I’m complaining about the weigh ins. D.C. shouldn’t be stripped at all but for sure answer to the weigh in situation.

“If you hate me you hate that’s what you have to deal with. If you love me then I love you back… Btw this definitely isn’t about money, that’s for damn sure. It’s the principal of the situation for you knuckleheads that have no brain.”

UPDATE: Johnson posted to Instagram at 4:49 p.m. ET on Thursday. His post was deleted a short time later.

First and foremost I never said I wanted D.C. stripped of the title. He beat me and that's that… 2nd I said everything would be handled After the fight because I was focused on the Fight. Weigh ins was messed up and at the end of the day it was wrong. If I lose fans because I'm fighting for what's right then so be it. If it happen to me, it can happen to anybody. The world made all of this noise about it and when an appeal is made the world will cry about the appeal. That makes zero sense! Weigh ins was messed up and the fight wasn't because he beat me. I'm not complaining about the loss, I'm complaining about the weigh ins. D.C. shouldn't be stripped at all but for sure answer to the weigh in situation. If you hate me you hate that's what you have to deal with. If you love me then I love you back… Btw this definitely isn't about money, that's for damn sure. It's the principal of the situation for you knuckleheads that have no brain. #RumbleSquad

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  • Yes Indeed

    just go quietly into your next career you quitter. DC looked worse than ever, even worse than he did in the Silva s–t show, yet you couldn’t finish a guy who was half gone from one kick you landed. hell, you turned into a panic wrestler and s–t the bed again. sure I’d like to see that placeholder “champ” stripped, because that’s exactly what will happen if this gets appealed, but just go away quietly.

    • Burnt

      So you think cheaters should prosper. Got it, POS.

      • Yes Indeed

        are you retarded?

      • Jess Fenchley

        Is your brain burnt? Moron.

        • Anonymous

          We all know yours is jessica

      • hunter williams

        and you have all the Facts ? You were there ? I think clowns like you should show us your UFC fight videos ?

      • Paul Miille

        exactly what cheating did he do? he stood there in front of the NYSAC reps and they didn’t see anything wrong with the situation. so, unless you have definitive proof of wrongdoing that nobody else has, give it up. you and johnson, both, need to realize it’s on the accuser to prove the accused did it, not on the accused to prove he didn’t.

  • Jess Fenchley

    I like AJ but don’t end your career whining about this… instead of striking, AJ chose to lean on DC. Why did he even enter the octagon? Even his corner disappeared after his stupid gameplay. Fishy.

    • Ojas Devam

      IMO,,He figured DC had a HARD weight cut…. thought he might be drained?? wanted to beat him at his own game.?? He was smart to keep quiet until the fight happened…

      • Paul Miille

        he was smart to keep quiet? and then come out afterward, retire, then whine about how things were handled? news flash. if something is wrong, during a competition, pretty much every sanctioning body(pro sports league or combat sports oversight organization) requires the complaint be registered during or within 24 hours of completion of the competition. waiting a week to say something doesn’t work here. if he’d said something the morning after the fight, about the weigh-in being wrongly handled, then i’d buy that. he didn’t. he waited until the end of the week and now, though he’s demanding a 20% purse penalty, he says it’s not about the money. why is there any demand for specific punishment even in the claim? NYSAC has penalties for bad conduct. they don’t need to be told what they are or what they should be. his claims he’s not after this or that are utterly destroyed by the fact that he specifically does ask for those things in the complaint.

  • hunter williams

    Johnson never had any heart……he should leave…

  • Anonymous

    It’s too late. There’s no way to prove it. If they had a problem at the weigh ins they should have addressed at the weigh ins. They should’ve immediately been like “Hey he’s taking weight off by holding the towel!” But they didn’t. They let it go. Highly doubt this would be an issue for Johnson and his camp had he won. You’re retired now and said it’s not about the money so why do you care?

  • BigMike7302

    He is now being a crybaby b!tchboy; shame…. Rumble could not beat Cormier twice and now he is acting lie Meisha Tate everytime Ronda beat her down…. Just sad

  • holkie

    Would he have complained if he won?

  • Paul Miille

    they are asking for a fact based explanation. what, exactly is a fact based explanation? cormier said he was holding the towel up in the middle. unless johnson’s camp has absolute proof he wasn’t, then they have nothing. the way this sort of thing works is the people making the claim have to prove their side. the defense doesn’t have to prove their side. it’s the same as a court of law, or NYSAC would be utterly devoid of any credibility. so it’s not up to cormier’s team to prove they did nothing wrong. it’s up to johnson’s side to prove they did. i mean NYSAC isn’t going to suspend yoel romero because bisping said he used steroids. they have to have proof he used steroids. bisping claiming he needs to prove he didn’t doesn’t change that. same here. johnson’s crew needs to prove something nefarious was done. they can’t just claim it, based on contact between the hands and the towel and say “you have to prove we’re wrong, or we’re right and you should face punishment.” and if it’s not about the money, then why demand 20% of his purse? don’t say it’s part of the process. file the appeal and let NYSAC decide what the punishment is. they don’t need your guidelines on what it should be. they have their own.

    • Ojas Devam

      AS I just looked at the video for the 10x…… HE WAS RESTING HIS HANDS ON.. The towel stretched DOWNWARD……. Yes JFK was shot from Behind EVEN THOUGH HIS HEAD WAS KICKED BACKWARD AND BRAIN MATTER WENT BACKWARD FROM A SHOT FROM THE FRONT REALLY.,,NOT(rotflamo). Look at the Evidence.. He LIFTED THE TOWELl!!! Not Pushed Down…..Also ..IF Rumble would of caused a big stink … DC didn’t make weight and got kicked out for trying to cheat… RUMBLE WOULD NOT OF GOTTEN PAID WHAT HE GOT PAID… He kept his mouth shut for $$$akes.. Smart Man..RAISE HELL RUMBLE…. And I am a fan of both.

      • Paul Miille

        apparently, it’s just beyond you to understand. the NYSAC reps were there the whole time. none of them had an issue with what cormier did. whether you think he cheated or not, them not saying a word against it says he didn’t. you don’t get to throw a fit a week later, if you say nothing during the weigh-in. not a smart man. the fight was going to go on no matter what, because NYSAC didn’t have a problem with what cormier did and that wasn’t going to change with him whining about it. doubt it’s going to change now. they have already refused to do anything about the weidman fight when it was 100% wrong in the way it was handled. what makes you think something less problematic is going to get any positive response for the whiner?

        and btw, not sure what you thought you were making a point about, with the JFK comment, but you missed by a mile. the simple fact is, if cormier was taking weight off with the towel, the two guys holding it from either side would have needed more than index finger and thumb to hold it for any length of time. but i’m sure the science involved is beyond you, so i won’t bother to explain. suffice to say, the only opinion that matters is that of NYSAC and they had no problem with it at the weigh-in. it’s unlikely they are going to throw their guys under the bus, now.

  • Johnny Sanchez

    lahoo zer

  • El Gvapo

    How much lighter can you possibly make yourself on a scale if you’re holding a towel?

    • TheCerealKiller

      Go stand on a scale. Then push down on the sink with one finger and do it again. You will lose 5-7 easy.

  • Anonymous

    So he just wants an explanation? Why file an appeal? Why not just ask Cormier to address it?

  • Brian Nelson

    Rumble is the biggest bitch of all time

    • jw

      you wouldn’t say that in his face