After getting knocked out by Jon Jones over the weekend at UFC 214, Daniel Cormier was so emotional, he didn’t have much to say.
Jones praised his longtime rival and was gracious in victory, calling him a “true champion”, but DC didn’t offer the same words.
However, late Sunday (July 30), Cormier took to Instagram to congratulate Jones on his victory… while also apologizing to referee John McCarthy, who he was seen arguing with after he called the fight.
“Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory,” he wrote. “Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason.”
First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It's a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I'll see you soon. DC 📷@layziethesavage
McCarthy himself responded to questions by fans on Sunday, who believed he should’ve stopped the fight quicker. He seemed to agree.
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017
Cormier has held the UFC light heavyweight title for two years, while Jones dealt with setbacks that almost derailed his career. During his professional MMA career, DC has only suffered two losses — both to Jones.
“I don’t know, man,” an emotional Cormier said after the fight. “I thought the fight was going well. I don’t even know what happened. I got kicked in the head. … Oh, man, I am so disappointed.”