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Daniel Cormier gets early Christmas present from Brock Lesnar

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC 200, with the addition of the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt fight to an already loaded and heavily promoted show, is expected to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest event in company history.

With Daniel Cormier's pay tied into how the pay-per-view does, the addition of Lesnar could mean significant extra change in his bank account, win or lose.

Cormier and Lesnar have actually known each other long before either considered MMA. Back in 2000, they were two of the best college wrestlers in the nation, Cormier at Oklahoma State and Lesnar at the University of
Minnesota. They were in different weight divisions, and Cormier was an All-American that year at 184 pounds, while Lesnar won the NCAA title at heavyweight.

When the story broke that Lesnar was being added to the show, and before it came out who is opponent was, Cormier immediately texted the current WWE star.

He said he wrote, "Hey Brock, is it Christmas time in the Cormier household, because Brock Lesnar means pay-per-view buys?"

"He didn't respond," said Cormier.

Then, after the commercial played with Lesnar on it, he got a response.

"Merry Christmas, DC," it read.

"You have Brock Lesnar, who you could argue is the biggest star in UFC history, and I believe you have the most important fight than UFC can put on right now. (I) Love Nate Diaz, love Conor McGregor, but what's it for? It's not for a belt and it's not going to lead to a title shot. It's a fight people want to see because it's an attraction. With Jon and I, you have the most important match the UFC can put on the most important event," Cormier said.