UFC light heavyweight Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith isn’t happy with UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Cormier in an interview after capturing UFC heavyweight belt last weekend, expressed desire to cap off his career with a fight against legendary Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
However that didn’t go well with Smith who is scheduled to fight Rua next weekend at UFC Hamburg. The dangerous light heavyweight feels he was ‘overlooked’ by Cormier and Smith is rather upset about that.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Daniel Cormier,” Smith told Fightful’s James Lynch. “He’s been saying recently that he thinks ‘Shogun’ is next in line, completely dismissing the fact that ‘Shogun’ has to fight me. I’m not sure what DC’s problem is. He’s smarter than that. He’s an analyst. He knows that anybody can lose at any point in time. He’s also smart enough to know that I’m more than capable of walking right through ‘Shogun.’ He knows that that’s a possibility.
“For him to completely dismiss me, number one, it pisses me off. Number two, it also puts me in a position where, if you think ‘Shogun’ is next in line and I go in and starch ‘Shogun,’ what does that say? Me and you are together now, b-tch.”
Smith believes it was ironic of Cormier say such a statement.
“It does put a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, because DC is one of the first guys that b-tches and complains about being overlooked and people not taking him seriously,” Smith said. “But he’s the first person to dismiss people. It’s real easy to sit behind your desk and talk about how you’re not respected, and in the same damn sentence completely disrespect and look over somebody. He’ll look at this, he’ll ignore it, and he’ll pretend like I don’t exist, but regardless, DC knows that the Shogun fight is the gimmick.”