Daniel Cormier was riding high after his second-round submission of Derrick Lewis at UFC 230, defending his UFC heavyweight title and becoming the first fighter to ever defend UFC belts at two different weight classes.
That feeling led to some confidence from the 39-year-old Cormier, who had a statement from the octagon at Madison Square Garden for a certain fighter who will likely be his next opponent.
Daniel Cormier challenges Brock Lesnar for a third belt
“Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE title too. I feel like being a WWE champion too,” Cormier said in a postfight interview with Joe Rogan. “Let’s go Brock! Bring that belt with you when you come to my house.”
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 4, 2018
Lesnar has been looming for months as a future opponent for Cormier, who has stated he plans to retire when he turns 40 in March 2019. Even with former heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic seeking a rematch and Jon Jones’ return from suspension at UFC 232 looming, Lesnar could end up being the final opponent of Cormier’s career.
Lesnar made headlines when he entered the cage and shoved Cormier following Cormier’s win over Miocic at UFC 226. The 41-year-old will be eligible to face Cormier once his drug-related suspension ends in January 2019, setting up a potential superfight.
While suspended from UFC, Lesnar won the WWE Universal Championship at the promotion’s controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, opening up Cormier to joke about winning three belts if he were to top Lesnar in 2019.
Daniel Cormier compliments Derrick Lewis after UFC 230 win
Before Cormier called out his likely future opponent, he had plenty of kind words to say for his previous one.
“Everything he did had unbelievable power,” Cormier said. “What a guy Derrick Lewis is. I truly do appreciate him. I love his Instagram, I love his story and it was an honor for me to share the octagon with him.”
— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2018
Lewis was a massive underdog entering the fight having just upset Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 less than a month ago, but many believed the 31-year-old had a chance of connecting on a powerful blow and shocking the world. Cormier explained why he wasn’t so concerned.
“I think a lot of people have to understand that I’ve been doing this for nine years, and I’ve fought at a championship level for eight of them. So there’s no surprises with me,” Cormier said. “I come in here and try to do my thing. If you have a puncher’s chance, I’ve got to say that’s not enough. You’ve got to be one of the best in the world to even compete.”
We’ll likely see if Lesnar falls into that category in a few months.
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