Anthony Johnson Sheds 'Rumble' Persona, Reaffirms Retirement in Monday Instagram Post

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With Jones set to return from suspension due to a failed drug test sometime in the second half of the year, Cormier said he's ready to make the fight happen the same way he's been ready since the moment his first showdown with "Bones" ended.

The New York State Athletic Commission considered the weight valid, though apparently during the early weigh-in format the UFC introduced past year, fighters are not usually given a second chance at the weigh-in. We just don't see eye to eye, so locking me in here, that's a favor.

However, the biggest surprise was saved for his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan inside of the Octagon, as he asked for his coaches to be by his side before emotionally announcing his retirement from the sport.

Cormier on if he'll fight Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa next: "I say over and over, if you're in class and you get suspended, you can't talk about a fight. I don't want to spend millions and millions of dollars again promoting a fight that doesn't happen". "I would love to fight him again and beat him, but if I did not fight him, especially for things that I can not control, I would be fine", he said. "I just keep pressing forward".

Neither Cormier, the defending champion, nor Johnson had appeared at the weigh-in until just four minutes before Friday's deadline. Thank you. I will never, ever forget you, and what better place to end my career than Buffalo, New York. "Why would I go into another sport that is the same thing as this and you take all this impact and stuff?"

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"But either way, I'll have to fight Jon at some stage regardless so I wouldn't be against the idea of testing my skills against him". I mean, come on.

Cormier said he always wondered if a direct blow from a shin would knock him out, as punches don't bother him much.

Earlier in the main card Cynthia Cavillo submitted Pearl Gonzalez, Thiago Alves won a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote who also retired, and Charles Oliveira impressed with yet another submission win, this time over Will Brooks.

"I guess I found out tonight that even a shin to the face ain't going to knock me out", he said. It kind of depends on what they do with Jones.

"But I didn't want any distractions".