Daniel Cormier Not Happy With Promo Poster as Anthony Johnson Gets Top Billing

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/09/17 07:17PM EST
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LAS VEGAS, NV - Mixed martial artist Daniel Cormier poses on the scale during his weigh-in for UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Daniel Cormier has just found another motivation to get a decisive victory over Anthony Johnson in UFC 210. The light heavyweight champion felt slighted by the way the poster where his opponent got the top billing.

The 37-year-old called out the UFC on his own Instagram about the way the promotional poster was designed. In the image, Cormier has a belt on his right shoulder but is dwarfed by Johnson standing behind him.

Cormier wrote, "What is this? How many favors did Rumble have to call in to make this shit happen? Just remember last time the challenger looked so big on the poster RDA beat cowboy in one round. #andstill @ufc."

He's talking about UFC on FOX 17 when Ronald Dos Anjos knocked out Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the first round two years ago. It gave RDA a shot at Conor McGregor, but he pulled out of the fight due to an injury.

The poster for that fight is almost identical to the promo materials for the Cormier vs Johnson bout. RDA is looking straight to the camera with his belt on his left shoulder and the Brazilian flag on his right, while Cowboy looms behind him. The difference is that Cerrone has his back to the camera.

By all indication, Cormier has the right to feel slighted considering that he's the champion and Johnson is the challenger. For his part, "Rumble" has an axe to grind considering that his older opponent tainted his nine-match winning streak via submission.

"I didn't perform at the best of my abilities," he said. "I think that's what disgusted me the most. It made me disgusted. So the next time, it'll be a different story on my end."



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