Yesterday footage emerged on TMZ Sports of UFC bantamweight fighter Cody Gibson being punched during a bar fight following UFC 178 and in a new interview with Sherdog.com he explains what happened.
“This guy was being a typical kind of bro and started saying some stuff to me,” Gibson said on yesterday’s edition of the ‘Beatdown’ show on Sherdog Radio. “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.”
Gibson admits he was stunned when he learned that footage of the incident had surfaced on the internet.
“I didn’t think that it would be on TMZ… I have 1,800 followers on Twitter. I’m not [Clayton] Kershaw. I’m not [Derek] Jeter. I’m not Jon Jones.”
Despite his sudden notoriety, which could have put his job in jeopardy, Gibson appears hopeful that he still has a place on the UFC’s roster after his management spoke with the promotion.
“I don’t think I’m out of the UFC. There’s no charges pressed. I didn’t throw any punches.”
If you missed it yesterday you can check out the full incident for yourselves in the video below.