One of the most shocking moments from the UFC 210 main event was Anthony Johnson attempting to wrestle with Olympic wrestler and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
Johnson’s corner wasn’t too happy with their fighters game plan and it showed, according to the transcript of what was being said by the cornermen.
Transcript provided by MMA Junkie.
Voice: Take your time. Nice. Take your time. Don’t take him down.
Hooft: Don’t wrestle him.
Voice: If you’re going to go, go single.
Hooft: You don’t have to wrestle him, AJ. Just relax.
Voice: Don’t wrestle him.
Hooft: Get out of there. Get out of there.
Grappling coach Neil Melanson: OK, stud. Now, let’s get your hands hot.
Voice: Why is he wrestling him?
Hooft: This is stupid.
Hooft: (Expletive) it, man. Just get off the cage.
Voice: Get out of there.
Voice: Why isn’t he listening?
(Johnson and Cormier are broken up by referee John McCarthy, and Johnson lands kicks.)
Voice: He’s tired already, DC. He doesn’t need to do this.
Hooft: I don’t know why he’s doing that. We have no (expletive) eyes.
In between the first and second round of the fight, the cornermen were wondering just why Johnson was trying to wrestle with the champion.
In Between Round One & Round Two
Hooft: Can you tell me why you’re wrestling? Now, you’re not going to wrestle. You take your distance. Stay away, two steps away. Why are you so worried about everything? The kicks and the knees are really good, but no kicks. Where’s your hands?
Voice: You’re doing great. Don’t (expletive) wrestle him.
Hooft: If you stand your distance, it’s an easy game. Why make it difficult?
The fight came to a stunning conclusion in the second round, which is where the champion submitted the challenger with a rear naked choke.
Hooft: Movement. Athletic. Movement. That’s it. Take your distance.
(Johnson reverses against the cage and goes for another takedown)
Hooft: You need distance.
Hooft: I’m not saying nothing.
(Cormier has Johnson on the mat and is setting up a choke)
Hooft: It’s going the same as last time.
(Johnson submits to Cormier via rear-naked choke)
Hooft: Why, why the (expletive) does this happen every (expletive) time, man? Crazy.
After the fight was over, the fallen Johnson attempted to get his angry corner in the cage with him as he announced his retirement from the sport. The cornermen did get back into the cage with him, but were left scratching their heads after the choices Johnson made during the fight.
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