Dewey Cooper is one of the coaches associated with the highly equipped UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. He is highly credentialed in the striking department as he was a former boxer, kickboxer and a MMA fighter as well. He has worked with fighters like former UFC interim lightweight title Kevin Lee and former UFC heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou.
Cooper started working with Ngannou after he shifted his camp from his hometown in Paris to Performance Institute in Vegas. He cornered Ngannou in his virtual title eliminitor fight against Alistair Overeem. Ngannou defeated Overeem via a brutal uppercut in the first round to earn his title shot. Ngannou however suffered a crushing defeat via unanimous decision against champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January 2018. However this has led to messages being hammered on Cooper’s Instagram account, most of them being death threats.
“I responded to every single one of them – ‘(Expletive) you, I’m at One Kick’s Gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays,’” Cooper told MMAjunkie Radio. “‘I’m at Mayweather’s gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. I’m at the UFC gym at 2 o’clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come kill me, mother(expletive).”
Cooper responded to the threats in his own style.
“We’re not being bullied physically or on social media,” Cooper said. “You talk (expletive) about me, I’m talking (expletive) about you. Period. I don’t give a (expletive) if I’m at the White House with the president. I don’t care if I’m at the hospital with my girl having my child. You disrespect me, I’m disrespecting you.
“I’m a Malcolm X follower. I believe eye for an eye, cheek for a cheek, and that’s what it’s going to be until the day I die. But I’m the nicest, coolest guy in the world. But I’m no punk (expletive). I’m not going to be disrespected and my life challenged and not have some serious recourse about it.”