Daniel Cormier Teases Fight With ‘Tiny’ Brock Lesnar At UFC 233

Daniel Cormier may be defending his heavyweight title at UFC 230 this weekend (Sat., November 3, 2018) against Derrick Lewis, but the double champ is still eyeing his big-money fight with Brock Lesnar. Cormier knows he has his hands full at Madison Square Garden this weekend. “The Black Beast” has won nine of his last […]

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Daniel Cormier may be defending his heavyweight title at UFC 230 this weekend (Sat., November 3, 2018) against Derrick Lewis, but the double champ is still eyeing his big-money fight with Brock Lesnar.

Cormier knows he has his hands full at Madison Square Garden this weekend. “The Black Beast” has won nine of his last 10 fights and is a legitimate contender to “DC’s” crown. On top of it all, if Cormier loses to Lewis at UFC 230, he can kiss his Lesnar payday goodbye. However, if “DC” gets the job done like he has done nearly every other time in his past, then he may be looking at another quick turnaround.

The promotion recently announced UFC 233. The event is set to go down at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on January 26, 2019. That date has piqued the champ-champ’s interest.

Cormier Ponders Lesnar Fight Date

“January 26 in Anaheim,” pondered Cormier. “Is Brock eligible by then?” asked “DC” during a recent media scrum earlier today (Thurs., Nov 1, 2018, in New York City.

Before Cormier can entertain welcoming Brock back into the Octagon, Lesnar must satisfy a six-month United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) window. He will not be given any exceptions this time around, however.

Indeed, if “The Beast Incarnate” does take care of his USADA obligations he should be good to go come January 26. “DC” has already started the war of words with Lesnar, as the champ said Lesnar looks to be complying with USADA given his ever-shrinking frame.

“DC” Takes A Dig At Lesnar

“Well, he looks smaller on WWE right now? You see his face? He looks tiny. Yeah, maybe on January 26. I think I have a wrestling tournament that weekend, But we will see,” added Cormier.

Despite the trash talk and their UFC 226 post-fight altercation, Cormier actually likes Lesnar and admires what the WWE star has been able to accomplish.

“I like Brock, I really do. Brock just isn’t going to take no sh*t. Brock isn’t going to mess around with you. But, I like Brock. I have known him for a long time, I met Brock in 1998,” said Cormier, before he was interrupted by a gift of chocolates handed to him by a reporter.

If Cormier and Lesnar do get booked for January 2,6 it would be a blow to Bellator MMA. The finale of their World Heavyweight Grand Prix is the same night, also in California.

For fight fans, it would turn into quite the explosive night.

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UFC 226 Didn’t Make Daniel Cormier Or Stipe Miocic Much Money

Despite making history at the event, Daniel Cormier didn’t make much money from his UFC 226 fight with Stipe Miocic.

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Daniel Cormier made history at UFC 226 this past summer.

“DC” became the UFC’s second-ever dual weight champion by defeating Stipe Miocic in the show’s main event. Cormier already held the light heavyweight title. He knocked out Miocic to capture the heavyweight belt as well. He now prepares to defend the heavyweight title at UFC 230 next month (Sat. November 3, 2018).

Despite making history at UFC 226, it turns out the monetary value of the feat didn’t quite match the impact it’ll have on his legacy. As he prepares to defend his title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 next month, Cormier spoke to MMA Weekly to promote the fight.

The topic of a rematch with Miocic was discussed due to the former champ’s resumé. Miocic has been frustrated recently because he hasn’t received an immediate title rematch despite being the most successful heavyweight champion in history.

Cormier said he’s not afraid to fight Miocic, but the financial appeal simply isn’t there considering the revenue he made from UFC 226:

“I’m not trying to say I’m afraid of Stipe. I swear I’m not afraid of Stipe Miocic. Why would I be?” Cormier said. “It just did not make sense right now. I don’t mind fighting him again. It’s not like it was the hardest fight.

“I do appreciate that he’s being vocal because sh*t man, maybe if he had done that in the beginning, maybe we would have made some money. The pay-per-view didn’t do that well because we did not make money. Obviously, issues sell. Maybe he’s trying to stir the pot a little bit to get some interest in our fight.”

Instead, Cormier faces Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 230. There he will make his first career heavyweight title defense from Madison Square Garden.

The show goes down live on pay-per-view (PPV) from New York City on November 3, 2018.

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Derrick Lewis Claims He Doesn’t Deserve Title Shot

This is a take you may not have expected to hear from Derrick Lewis. The rapidly rising Lewis picked up what turned out to be the biggest win of his career at UFC 229 last Saturday. Facing a certain loss to previous No. 2 Alexander Volkov, Lewis stormed back with a jaw-dropping knockout in the […]

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This is a take you may not have expected to hear from Derrick Lewis.

The rapidly rising Lewis picked up what turned out to be the biggest win of his career at UFC 229 last Saturday. Facing a certain loss to previous No. 2 Alexander Volkov, Lewis stormed back with a jaw-dropping knockout in the final 10 seconds of the fight.

That win earned him a surprising title fight with champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of November 3’s UFC 230 from New York as a result. “The Black Beast” is a sizable underdog to double-champ Cormier. That’s hardly a surprise, however. More surprising was the simple fact that he got the bout considering Cormier was slated to fight Brock Lesnar in early 2019.

But UFC 230 needed a legitimate main event and it now has one. ‘The Black Beast’ is thankful for the opportunity. However, he’s still a bit surprised. Lewis recently told TMZ Sports (via MMA News) that he thought former champion Stipe Miocic deserved his shot:

“I don’t know why they don’t want to give it to Stipe. It’d been great for them to give it to Stipe than to me, but I appreciate them giving me the shot. I really believe that Stipe really deserves the shot, seeing as how he was the champion for a while, he defended that many times, and I guess dominant for a while.

“I don’t know why they gave it to me before they gave it to Stipe. Everyone else, whenever they lost their belt, they got a shot to win it back. I don’t know why they didn’t give it to Stipe, unless he wanted some time off.”

Miocic Is Mad

From his point of view, Miocic does not want any time off. He went off on Cormier on social media last night. The record-setting former champion, who was knocked out by Cormier in their first match at July’s UFC 226, said he would beat “DC” nine out of 10 times.

From a pure legitimacy standpoint, Miocic is undoubtedly the most deserving. He set the record for most consecutive title defenses in a division that is notoriously the toughest to do just that. But Miocic won’t get the coveted rematch. Cormier will only give him one if Lesnar can’t make it to their expected fight in 2019.

Even Lewis acknowledged that. Perhaps Miocic has a quicker path to a title fight if Lewis somehow shocks the world at UFC 230. Based on the odds, that shouldn’t happen. This is MMA, and anything can happen.

Do you agree with Lewis’ assessment of the messy situation?

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Dana White Clarifies Future Of Light Heavyweight Division

It looks like Daniel Cormier’s days as champion in the light heavyweight division are numbered. Dana White has clarified his future vision of the 205-pound weight class and “DC” is nowhere to be found. Double-champ Cormier has been sidelined since winning the heavyweight title back at UFC 226 in July over then champion Stipe Miocic. Cormier […]

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It looks like Daniel Cormier’s days as champion in the light heavyweight division are numbered. Dana White has clarified his future vision of the 205-pound weight class and “DC” is nowhere to be found.

Double-champ Cormier has been sidelined since winning the heavyweight title back at UFC 226 in July over then champion Stipe Miocic. Cormier broke his hand in the fight, adding to his lengthy history of broken hands.

Further complicating matters the UFC has been urging “DC” to relinquish the title in hopes of booking the newly reinstated Jon Jones vs. anyone. Cormier, however, seems focused on defending his heavyweight title against the returning Brock Lesnar.

How White Sees It

Unfortunately for Cormier, White believes the time is coming when the UFC will have to strip “DC” of the 205-pound strap.

“Cormier is hurt right now, said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “He broke his hand in the Stipe [Miocic] fight. So when they’re in these types of situations, much like the Conor [McGregor] situation and others that it’s happened to, Georges St-Pierre, whoever, Cormier by tying up two belts is going to have to give up one of the belts.”

White isn’t opposed to a third Cormier vs. Jones fight, however, he wants that fight to take place in the heavyweight division. Cormier insists he wants to finish the trilogy with Jones where it started – at 205 pounds.

What Cormier Wants

“[Cormier] wants to fight Jon Jones and beat Jon Jones at 205 [pounds],” White revealed. “Not that that’s going to happen, but that’s what he wants in a perfect world. I would obviously rather see them fight at heavyweight, but I really don’t know if Jon Jones wants to move up to heavyweight. It really hasn’t played out yet.”

White had hoped to announce Jones vs. Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title as the main event for UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.

That fight is definitely worthy of such accolades, but with Cormier unwilling to play ball, the future of the light heavyweight division is very much up in the air.

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Jon Jones Flames Daniel Cormier: “Daddy’s Home Now”

It’s that time of the year when Jon Jones flames the double champ Daniel Cormier on social media…again. The back-and-forth between 205-pound champion Cormier, Jones, and Alexander Gustafsson has been hard to follow these last couple of days. It’s been unfolding at a breakneck pace. Just earlier today Gustafsson claimed Jones had ‘gone missing’ in an […]

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It’s that time of the year when Jon Jones flames the double champ Daniel Cormier on social media…again.

The back-and-forth between 205-pound champion Cormier, Jones, and Alexander Gustafsson has been hard to follow these last couple of days. It’s been unfolding at a breakneck pace.

Just earlier today Gustafsson claimed Jones had ‘gone missing’ in an attempt to get the recently-reinstated fighter to sign their perceived contract to fight.

While its unlikely Gustafsson’s antics will get “Bones” any more excited to fight him, Jones did sound off on Twitter. However, Jones took aim at his bitter rival “DC” instead.

Jones Flames Cormier…Again

The UFC has been urging Cormier to relinquish the title but the double champ doesn’t seem to keen on that proposition.

Muddying the waters even more, the UFC announced a rather head-scratching main event for the highly anticipated UFC 230 next month in New, York. Still, Jones and Gustafsson could end facing off for “DC’s” belt. Should they?

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Gustafsson Claims Jon Jones Refuses To Sign UFC 230 Contract

Alexander Gustafsson claims Jon Jones ‘has gone missing’ before November 3’s UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden in New York. After Jones was recently given a reduced suspension by USADA, speculation ran rampant that ‘Bones’ would meet longtime rival Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 230. Current UFC 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier even said the UFC was […]

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Alexander Gustafsson claims Jon Jones ‘has gone missing’ before November 3’s UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

After Jones was recently given a reduced suspension by USADA, speculation ran rampant that ‘Bones’ would meet longtime rival Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 230. Current UFC 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier even said the UFC was attempting to get him to vacate his belt for the fight. UFC President Dana White confirmed on the ‘UFC Unfiltered’ podcast that the promotion was indeed looking into it.

But when a head-scratching main event was confirmed for UFC 230 today, the fight seemed like it wasn’t happening for now.

It’s lead Gustafsson to suggest Jones has gone into hiding. He trolled the troubled former champion on Instagram with a post claiming he signed his bout agreement before suggesting Jones was chicken:

@jonnybones, you are pissing me off! I signed my agreement. Where are you?? Are you chickening out again?? Stop being a coward! #chicken#signthecontract #scared

Gus Is Getting Impatient

‘The Mauler’ suggests that the ball is in Jones’ court. Apparently, all he need do is sign the contract so they can fight. But White has repeatedly said Jones will return in 2019 rather than at UFC 230.

It’ll be interesting to see how this situation plays out. There’s a lot of doubt that Cormier will cut back down to 205 pounds to defend that title before he fights Brock Lesnar at heavyweight. Jones vs. Gustafsson is the only fight to make for the belt if that’s the case. There’s not enough talent at light heavyweight to avoid it due to the division’s pure lack of depth at the top.

Gustafsson, meanwhile, has been out of action for too long. He was last seen defeating Glover Teixeira in May 2017. Time could be running for his title relevancy. He’s been chasing a rematch with Jones ever since their classic first fight at UFC 165 in 2013.

Will he finally get the fight he’s been chasing for five years? Or is Jones truly M.I.A.?

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