UFC bantamweight fighter Cody Stamann was up against a tough challenge when he fought Jackson-Winkeljohn representative Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 216. In turn, a lot was expected from the two-weight BAMMA champion, who was coming off a second round TKO win against Patrick Williams in his UFC debut last April.
But it was Stamann who emerged victorious via split decision in the card’s final preliminary bout. After getting to watch his fight again and hearing the commentary work from Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan, he is now calling for an apology from both men for supposedly being “biased.”
“As soon as it came out, I watched it. I had my phone hooked up to my Bluetooth, I was with a few people and I was listening to the commentary, and now by the end of the first round I was frustrated enough to want to throw my phone through a wall after what they were saying,” Stamann told MMA Fighting. “They were talking about Duquesnoy, where he trains, and I’m taking him down, hitting him with combinations and they’re not saying anything about that.”
“I felt like Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan owe me a little bit of an apology.”
There is a lot of hype behind Duquesnoy, who is being perceived as the next challenger for the 135-pound title. This makes the victory a lot more satisfying for Stamann, who feels he was able to “open people’s eyes” about what he can bring to the table.
“He’s got a humongous following, he’s got the whole country of France following him basically,” Stamann said. “He had every single thing that the UFC would want in a guy coming into the UFC. All the hype, everybody thought he was the man, so when I had the opportunity to fight him I was all over that. I knew that was my opportunity to steal that shine.”