Johnson: Cormier hasn’t earned a break

Anthony Johnson disagress with Daniel Cormier's view that he has earned time off from UFC.

This year saw Cormier bounce back from a defeat to Jon Jones in January by convincingly beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 to become the light-heavyweight champion (after Jones was stripped of the belt).

Cormier returned to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in October, and subsequently announced he was taking a break from the sport.

"I want to take a break, and I think I've earned it," he said last month.

But Johnson doesn't think Cormier is at a point where he can rest on his laurels.

"I don't know why he would say he wants six months off; maybe he wants time to heal, spend more time with his family and train more and just perfect his craft – I don't know," Johnson told MMAJunkie.

"Do I see it as being selfish? No. But I want to say this: I don't feel like he's earned it enough to say, ‘I need six months off.' If Jon was still the champ after like two years of whooping ass and said, ‘Dude, I need six or eight months off.' You deserve those six to eight months off because you put in the time and the work.

"I think he should keep grinding. In my opinion that's what Daniel does. He should just keep grinding before it gets too late because there's a lot of hungry guys coming up. It's just a matter of time before his body is going to say, ‘No more.' He needs to stay active."

A rematch between Johnson and Cormier is expected at some point, although Cormier has already said he not fight the former champ in his hometown of New York.

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