Daniel Cormier didn’t react well to the news of Alexander Gustafsson’s withdrawal from UFC 227.
Yesterday, Gustafsson’s team announced that the Swede had been forced to pull out of the Aug. 4 pay-per-view due to a ‘minor injury’, just days after his opponent Volkan Oezdemir pulled out of the event due to a broken nose.
Cormier, who edged out a split decision win over Gustafsson in a Fight of the Night classic at UFC 192, ridiculed ‘The Mauler’ for withdrawing from the event and called him ‘entitled’ and ‘delusional’ in an Instagram post.
‘DC’ also candidly told Gustafsson that he would never share the Octagon with him again, despite respecting his skills as a fighter.
@AlexTheMauler pic.twitter.com/yVcYZH11G0— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 23, 2018
Dear Alex, I don’t know what happened to you going back to the Rockhold situation. You have always been a stand up guy but your behavior changed. From calling a guy out the day after he got knocked out, to now offering to fight me knowing I have a broken hand, after Volkan couldn’t go. Now you’ve turned down Jan, turned down Khalil all while calling for a heavyweight title fight. Now, moments after Anthony Smith does his work like an animal you decide you’re hurt. Man, I respect you as a fighter. I will always be grateful for October 2015, but you and I won’t share the octagon again. I am disappointed in who you’ve become. You are so entitled, man, I can’t deal with delusional people. Good luck recovering. Our time has passed. See you from the commentary table. DC @alexthemauler #wegoourseparateways
Gustafsson’s team released a second statement in light of Cormier’s online diss, claiming that doctors deemed the 31-year-old medically unfit to compete at UFC 227.
“Doctors pulled Alex from the card last Friday. Days before Anthony was tocompete.Before that we were trying to stay on the card. Assuming we could get cleared, we were prepared to face anyone. We assumed it would be Rountree as he was ready fight, and we were told Jan would fight at another time. We also offered to fight DC at heavyweight if he was healthy. So Alex was prepared to face anyone, ranked or unranked. But the doctor’s said he was unfit to compete.
It was determined last Friday he would not be on the card. Days before the Smith contest,” the statement read.
UFC 227 will still go ahead, and will feature the highly anticipated championship rematch between former teammates T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt in the main event, as well a rematch between flyweight champ Demtrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo in the co-main event. The PPV takes place next month, August 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.