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Donald Cerrone: Daniel Cormier fought ‘like a f*g’ against Anderson Silva

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS — On a weekend where the UFC celebrated its first openly gay champion, and released T-shirts benefiting the LGBT community, one of its most popular fighters dropped a homophobic slur.

Donald Cerrone made the comment about Daniel Cormier's performance against Anderson Silva during a Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo on Sunday here at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The panel with CM Punk and hosted by UFC broadcaster John Gooden also aired on UFC Fight Pass.

"How you gonna give up weight and then fight like a f*g, man?" Cerrone said.

The UFC 200 bout between Cormier and Silva came together in just 36 hours after Jon Jones dropped out due to a potential USADA anti-doping policy violation. Cormier weighed in at 206 and Silva at 198.5. Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, beat Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) and was booed by the fans for his conservative, wrestling style.

Later Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, Amanda Nunes beat Miesha Tate by first-round submission to win the UFC women's bantamweight title. With the win, Nunes became the first openly gay champion in UFC history.

The UFC also debuted "We Are All Fighters" t-shirts this week. All sales proceeds go to the LGBT Center in Las Vegas. Mark Hunt and Travis Browne, two UFC 200 fighters, wore the shirts during fight week.

UFC officials told MMA Fighting that the organization was incredibly disappointed by Cerrone's comment and would be discussing with him the severity of the situation. Officials added that the promotion is a proud advocate for equality and Cerrone will be educated on the issues impacting the LGBT community, "particularly related to the sensitivity surrounding his choice of words today."

(Update: Cerrone apologized for the homophobic remark in an Instagram post later Sunday.)

CM Punk, who did the Q&A with Cerrone, defended Cormier, calling his showing a "masterclass" in wrestling. CM Punk added that no one booed Brock Lesnar for the identical strategy against Mark Hunt. Cerrone doubled down, though.

"That's different," Cerrone said. "That was Brock. Anderson gives up 30 pounds, flies in on two days notice and fights you. Stand up and fight, mother f*cker."

"Cowboy" added that if Jones fought, he would not have had a hard time against Cormier.

"Jon Jones would beat the f*ck out of him," Cerrone said. ... "He got lucky. Lucky again."

At T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, Cerrone was audibly leading the "stand them up" chant in the crowd from the stands.

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