In the post-fight interview, Cormier said, "Brock Lesnar, when you come bring that brand new WWE title so I feel like being the WWE champion too".
"Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that new WWE title", Cormier said. "I did it after three years".
Daniel Cormier has set a deadline for his retirement in early 2019, and that means a win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 Saturday night in NY might leave room for just one more fight in his career. He turns the big 4-0 in March and vowed long ago that would be the age when he retired. There's something different about him and that's why I know what's in front of me this weekend.
That's technically true, although the result of Jones' TKO win over Cormier last summer was overturned when banned substances were found in his system. They first met for the light heavyweight title in January 2015, with Jones winning a unanimous decision. Having defended her UFC title twice now, it can definitely be argued that this next bout with Nunes will be her toughest challenge to date as well as potentially her last (in the UFC that is).
The two rivals finally met again in the Octagon in July 2017 at UFC 214.
For now, Jones' focus is squarely on Gustafsson, who pushed him harder than any opponent has ever managed when they first squared off in Toronto back in 2013. But Jones was more popular and Cormier's reign as the light heavyweight champ during Jones' absences wasn't validated until he defeated Miocic.
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Huddlestone carves open the defence with a lovely ball through to Marriott, who still has plenty to do. It's a terrible own-goal by Tomori who nets for his parent club! Thereafter he performed well.
It's not a great look for a fighter who could conceivably earn herself a title shot with a win over Modafferi, although missing weight hasn't disqualified other fighters from competing for a belt in their next trip to the octagon in the recent past.
If the first quarter century of the UFC has taught us anything, it is that nothing is impossible. It hasn't always been good. "Stuff like that means something to me, which is a bit unsafe because the UFC knows, if they dangle the carrot, they know they can get me to bite by putting all that historical stuff in front of me".
Derrick Lewis celebrates after beating Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
"This is a guy that can finish a fight in one punch", Cormier said. "I also corner guys, I also coach, so there are ways for me to stay involved in competition".
While Jones and Gustafsson have already gone five rounds together inside the Octagon, Cyborg and Nunes have been battling for months on social media as they've each shared their thoughts on this historic meeting between female UFC champions. "I like breaking dudes". That's what I like.
Prediction: Cormier TKO 3rd round.