Daniel Cormier did what he needed to do to make himself great and notable, which is defeat Stipe Miocic to become both the reigning light-heavyweight champ and heavyweight champ simultaneously. Coming from the guy who would likely forever be stained by two losses to Jon Jones, this is just what the doctor ordered.
The UFC of course wasted no time getting Cormier’s next challenge into the cage, with former champ Brock Lesnar pushing Cormier around like he was a cutting a promo for WrestleMania. Considering both men’s accomplishments and abilities, it’s not hard to see who will be kicking whose butt.
As per MMAJunkie:
The oddsmakers like Daniel Cormier’s chances when it comes to a potential blockbuster fight against Brock Lesnar.
Following his historic win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Cormier was installed as more than a 2-to-1 favorite (-225) to successfully defend his heavyweight title against Lesnar (+175) in a potential future matchup, according to odds posted Monday by online bookmaker Bovada. Cormier defeated Miocic, the UFC’s record-breaking former heavyweight champion, via first-round knockout at UFC 226 to become only the second man in the promotion’s history to hold two belts simultaneously.
UFC president Dana White confirmed at UFC 226’s post-fight press conference that Lesnar will indeed be the next man to challenge for the heavyweight title. The matchup won’t be able to take place until at least Jan. 8, 2019 — the first day Lesnar will be cleared to compete after he officially re-enrolled into the USADA testing pool on Monday.
A WWE superstar, Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC) held the UFC heavyweight title from 2008-10 until losing it via first-round knockout to Cormier’s friend and teammate, Cain Velasquez. Lesnar made his return to MMA in 2016 with a dominant decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, however that win was eventually overturned into a no contest as a result of Lesnar failing two pre-fight drug tests.
So yeah, Cormier beating Lesnar is purely academic. But really, it’s all about Cormier making waves and riding out his career as a pay-per-view draw. And maybe this could be the final act that puts him over the edge.
Here’s Cormier making some post-UFC 226 media rounds. Gotta make them bucks!