UFC’s Cody Gibson Talks About Bar Fight
UFC bantamweight Cody Gibson recently fought at UFC 178 against Manny Gamburyan, and lost via second round submission. Unfortunately for Cody, that wasn’t the only fight he was involved in that night.
TMZ Sports obtained a video showing the UFC bantamweight in an argument with another man at a bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. It appears as if Gibson was trying to avoid a physical altercation, at first, but when Gibson warned the man that he was a UFC fighter, and if he didn’t believe him – perhaps he should “Google me, bitch” – the man threw a punch, and a scuffle ensued, with Gibson going 2-2 for takedowns.
Gibson has now spoken about the situation, giving his details of the incident to Sherdog. Here’s what he had to say:
“When I woke up this morning, I definitely had that pit in the bottom of my stomach, like, ‘Holy crap. Could I be that guy?’ You know, who gets fired over some stupid stuff. I didn’t think that it would be on TMZ… I have 1,800 followers on Twitter. I’m not Kershaw. I’m not Jeter. I’m not Jon Jones.
This guy was being a typical kind of bro and started saying some stuff to me. At first, I told him I did not want to fight, two or three times. He was definitely egging on the situation, and then he started to irritate me. Then I told him who I was, which was probably the worst idea, because then, after that, I feel like he really wanted to fight. And then, yeah, man, one thing led to another. I don’t know, man. definitely not something I’m proud of.
When he punched me, luckily I didn’t start throwing punches. Luckily, I just shot the takedown and his buddies kind of grabbed on to me, and it was done by that point. I’m actually fortunate that it kind of ended the way it did. Had I beat the hell out of him or something, I think it could be a whole lot worse situation.”
When asked if he was worried that the incident would lead to him being released from the UFC, here was his response:
“I don’t think I’m out of the UFC. There’s no charges pressed. I didn’t throw any punches. Obviously it’s on TMZ, so that’s kind of ridiculous. It reminds me of a Roger Huerta-type thing.”
Cody Gibson’s recent loss brings his UFC record to 1-2. It usually takes a UFC fighter two losses in a row before being released, but with the UFC having a strict fighter code of conduct, this incident could be trouble for Gibson. The UFC will likely issue a statement about the situation soon.
Check out the video of the bar fight