I’m but to obtain a private apology from Dan Miragliotta. It appears he’s apologising to everybody, besides me.
I settle for his public apology, however I don’t perceive why he’s tried to justify his actions. His case appears to be he was improper, however I used to be improper too. This is shortly turning right into a he mentioned, she mentioned state of affairs, however I didn’t swear at him. That didn’t occur. I informed him to cease speaking to me, however I by no means informed him to f*** off. If he misheard me, then honest sufficient. But he confirmed a large lack of professionalism within the cage.
When Richard Kiely caught his center finger up at me, I hadn’t performed something, however he felt the necessity to give us each a verbal warning. When I used to be taunting Richard, as I’ve performed to all my opponents in my profession, he picked me up from a fight-winning place to dock some extent. That’s unfair.
I by no means deserved a verbal warning within the first place. It all felt pre-mediated to me, like he’s obtained some kind of private problem with me.
After the warning he informed me I wouldn’t get away with behaving like that with him. I really feel he’s gone in there wanting to tug me up on my model. He could not like the way in which I struggle, however that shouldn’t have an effect on how he referees me.
John McCarthy mentioned after the struggle he has by no means needed to step in like that, ever. McCarthy is among the finest referees MMA has ever had and he didn’t agree with the calls Dan Miragliotta made. I would love a private apology, however I’ll be comfortable if he by no means referees me once more.
I don’t agree what I did was ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’. This is MMA. We’re punching one another within the face. We can do and say something we like to advertise a struggle, however as soon as we’re within the cage, out of the blue it’s like we’re in class? That, for me, doesn’t make any sense.
I get kicking somebody within the nuts is ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’, however I can discuss to my opponent, if I would like. I can taunt him, if I like. It’s all a part of combating. I’m getting in his head. We’re not even miced up, nobody can hear what we are saying to one another.
My fanbase is constructed on the model I carry. Now I’m not allowed to struggle like that? You can’t encourage pre-fight antics after which flip round and police us like children within the cage.
If they’re going to inform me I can’t be myself within the cage, then I received’t struggle. I received’t repress myself for anybody. I’ll solely struggle for an organisation who’s comfortable for me to be myself once I struggle for them. It’s that or retirement.
Bellator has all the time let me be myself and I don’t need that to vary. You can’t dictate personalities. This sport is constructed on personalities.
All that mentioned, I’ll 100 per cent be on the London card in November. It’s all sorted, I’m simply ready on an opponent. It received’t be Douglas Lima, clearly, however everybody is aware of I’m itching for that rematch. I’ve a lot respect for Douglas, however I do know I can overturn that end result.
Derek Chisora and I are good mates and if I used to be him I’d take myself off that October card now that Joseph Parker has pulled out. Derek shouldn’t be regarding himself with the likes of Otto Wallin, Shannon Briggs or Michael Hunter.
Parker is an enormous struggle and I feel Derek should wait for him to get well. He had a problem with Eddie Hearn anyway about being co-main behind Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis. Parker is the perfect struggle on the market for Derek for the time being and if he beats him he can choose his subsequent opponent.