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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: If I beat Brock Lesnar, I’m one of the greatest heavyweights of all time

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At UFC 226, Daniel Cormier became only the second man ever to hold two UFC belts simultaneously when he knocked out Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title. It was the biggest win of Cormier’s career and immediately vaulted the double champ into the conversation of “Greatest of All Time.” It also set up a massive money fight with former champion Brock Lesnar, who was cageside for the fight and came in afterwards to cut a promo on Cormier.

But while the UFC is full steam ahead with the return of Lesnar, Miocic is upset with the way things went down after he lost his belt, and he’s not the only one. Fans, fighters, and even UFC commentator Joe Rogan have opined that, as is often the case with long-reigning champions, Miocic deserves a second shot at Cormier. But while Cormier is sympathetic to the idea, the champ champ says that Miocic will just have to wait because “you don’t turn your back” on a fight like Brock Lesnar.

“Obviously he feels he deserves a rematch,” Cormier said on The Steve Austin Show recently. “Again, for what he’s done in the sport, you would think that he would get a rematch, but when there’s a fight like Lesnar on the horizon, you don’t turn your back. Honestly, Stipe has a lot of really loyal fans, but you can’t think for a second that if he would have won that fight, he wouldn’t have wanted or taken that Lesnar fight. It’s the biggest fight in the sport outside of fighting Conor McGregor and he fights at 155 pounds. So yeah, I’m gonna fight Brock.”

Lesnar is among the very biggest pay-per-view draws in MMA history, topping over 1 million buys on four separate occasions, a feat only matched by Conor McGregor. His return to the cage at UFC 200 after a five-year hiatus from the sport was among those, proving he still has a powerful ability to draw interest among fight fans so it’s no wonder Cormier wants to fight him since, as champion, Cormier gets a percentage of the PPV sales. But, ‘DC’ says that fighting Lesnar is about more than just the money. Before he dropped down to 205 pounds to pursue Jon Jones, Cormier was among the very best heavyweights in the world, and his title win at UFC 226 showed that, had he stayed at heavyweight, he might be in consideration for the Greatest of All Time conversation in the weight class. A win over Lesnar, Cormier says, would only solidify that argument more.

“Brock’s a big, bad, tough boy,” Cormier said. “A former UFC champ. Obviously he’s the WWE champion. Just a massive guy with a lot of fighting ability. I’ve known Brock a long, long time and I’m excited to compete against him. And really, not to compete against him, I want to put it on him because when you beat a guy like Brock Lesnar - if I beat the most dominant heavyweight champ of all time and then couple that with a fight over Brock, they may call me one of the great heavyweights of all time.”

Lesnar is currently out of commission until January as he must pass six months of USADA tests to be cleared to fight. In the meantime, Cormier has said he intends to defend his 205 pound title before the end of the year, despite many thinking Cormier would never fight at light heavyweight again after winning the heavyweight title since the cut is so difficult for him to make. But Cormier says that he has every intention of holding on to both belts right up until he retires in March.

“It’ll be tough but it’s always tough,” Cormier said. “It’s well-documented how difficult it is for me every time I go to 205. This will be nothing new. The next time I have a light heavyweight fight, I’ll go down there, I’ll make the weight, and I’ll fight. . . I do want to keep this belt. I don’t want to have to give it up because the UFC doesn’t believe I can make the weight. I can make the weight.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Dustin Poirier knocked out Eddie Alvarez and the other results from UFC Calgary.

Results. Takanori Gomi knocks out Melvin Guillard plus the other Rizin 11 results.

Punishment. Dana White non-commital on sanctions for McGregor: ‘Conor and I are good.’

205. Daniel Cormier says he’ll defend UFC light heavyweight title before end of year.

Back. Dominick Cruz says he’s cleared to return to action, hopes to fight before end of year.


VIDEO STEW

Post-fight show.

Check out this awesome feature.

Free fight.

Rashad on hanging him up.

DC interview from last week.

Behind the Scenes of a title fight.

Rogan on if Shaq had gotten into MMA.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Calgary.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Calgary, Conor McGregor, and Bellator U.K.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Conor being Conor.

Click clack I’m back

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A perfect photo.

Aldo rearranging some organs. #UFConFOX30 #UFCCalgary

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Goddard’s response to the controversy.

Volkov calling out evveryone.

And Derrick Lewis calling out Volkov in Russian.

Looks like T-Wood wants to get some training in with Rockhold in prep for Till.

It’s time

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Call out.

Don’t see this kind of thing a lot in MMA.

Back to bantamweight.

Weekend violence roundup.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Antonio Carlos Junior (13-1, 1 NC) vs. Elias Theodorou (15-2); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.

Alex Oliveira (19-5-1) vs. Neil Magny (21-6); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.

Ketlen Vieira (10-0) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-7); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.

Ben Saunders (22-9-2) vs. Sergio Moraes (13-3-1); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2011: Dan Henderson knocked out Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Also that evening, Miesha Tate submitted Marloes Coenen to claim the women’s bantamweight title.

2016: Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler to claim the welterweight title at UFC 201.


FINAL THOUGHTS

UFC Calgary was wildly fun. Hope y’all enjoyed it as much as I did but we’ve got another big fight week ahead. It’s the immediate rematch no one wanted other than Garbrandt but it’s still a great fight so keep it locked to MMA Fighting for all your UFC 227 coverage.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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