The reigning two-division UFC champion roasted his Swedish rival on social media just hours after Gustafsson officially withdrew from his August 4 date at UFC 227 because of a “minor injury.” Gustafsson’s exit from the event was reported immediately following Anthony Smith’s destructive knockout of Mauricio Rua at UFC Hamburg and subsequent callout of “The Mauler.”
In post directly addressed to Gustafsson on both Twitter and Instagram, Cormier ripped Gustafsson as “entitled” and “delusional” for his repeated title shot callouts.
“I will always be grateful for October 2015 (when we fought at UFC 192), but you and I won’t share the Octagon again,” Cormier wrote.
Cormier’s full posts can be read below.
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
UPDATE: Gustafsson’s management released the following statement late Sunday.
Doctors pulled Alex from the card last Friday. Days before Anthony was to compete. 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.