Phil Hawes believes he was being underestimated by Daniel Cormier.
Hawes earned an impressive TKO victory over Deron Winn this past weekend at UFC Austin.
But what really made headlines for Hawes was after the fight when he confronted Cormier who was getting ready to interview him.
Things were a bit heated with Cormier not pleased with how he was being spoken to. In the end, Hawes eventually apologized and they conducted his post-fight interview with no further incident.
Not many knew the reason why Hawes confronted Cormier other than the fact that “DC” was friends and teammates with Winn. Until now.
Phil Hawes: I Took It Personal
Appearing on MMA on SiriusXM, Hawes explained the full reasoning behind him confronting Cormier after the fight.
“You look at fighters and you try to match yourself up with them… So, taking that part, me and DC have lunch in Abu Dhabi. … We’re having dinner, we’re cool, he’s showing me wrestling techniques,” Hawes explained. “… Then he talks about, ‘hey, come to AKA, we’ll get some work in.’ So in my head, I’m like alright, cool, I’ll train with him and get better, learn from him. … Then a month later, I see Deron Winn is booked to fight me. And in my head, I’m a competitor — Deron [Winn] is DC’s prodige. That’s his guy. There’s no way he’s gonna sign off on a fight without DC saying ‘this is a good fight, let’s do it.'”
“So I took it personal, I took it extremely personal. Someone thinks you’re lesser of what you think you are. … People are saying, ‘DC was speaking so highly of you’ during the walkout. But in my mind, he’s speaking so highly of me, because if Deron Winn beats the guy he was just gassing up, then what does Deron Winn look like?”
You can listen to the clip below:
"Deron [Winn] is DC's prodige. That's his guy. There's no way he's gonna sign off on a fight without DC saying 'let's do it.'"@philliphawes5 explains the reasoning behind the interaction with Daniel Cormier at #UFCAustin with @DinThomas and @RJcliffordMMA pic.twitter.com/WoXQ7ZaMyW
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) June 23, 2022
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