It’s fair to say that Daniel Cormier had a good weekend.
At UFC 226 on Saturday night, Cormier became only the second “Champ Champ” in UFC history, knocking out heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic to claim the title of “Baddest Man on the Planet.” Then, just moments after having the belt wrapped around his waist, Cormier was given a gift - a big bag of money in the form of Brock Lesnar coming into the cage and shoving Cormier, setting up a huge money fight for the new champion, a fact UFC President Dana White confirmed afterwards.
“We’re definitely gonna make that fight,” White said in the post-fight press conference. “Lesnar hit me up a couple days ago and said, ‘Sorry I went dark on you but I had some stuff I had to take care of. I’m gonna come to the fight this weekend.’ [I said] ‘Okay, see you Saturday.’
“He came here tonight, he was all fired up, if you couldn’t tell. Right when he got to my seat on the side, he was acting like a lunatic. He was fired up and excited for this fight. His gut told him Stipe because he felt that Cormier put too much weight on for this fight and he thought it was gonna affect him. It didn’t.”
Lesnar is a polarizing figure in MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion retired from MMA in 2011 and returned to the WWE, but in 2016, Lesnar made a brief detour back to the UFC, winning a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. That win was overturned though when Lesnar failed a USADA drug test for clomiphene. Now, two years removed form his testing failure, Lesnar is seemingly set up to return to the UFC next year.
“He’s free and clear to do this fight,” White said. “He and Vince [MacMahon, WWE President] have a good relationship and he’s not gonna do anything to piss Vince off. I don’t know the specifics but he’s good.”
So, if everything goes according to plan, Lesnar would be jumping right back into a title fight despite not having officially won a fight since 2010. Some UFC heavyweights are already miffed at that idea but it doesn’t especially concern White, especially given Cormier and Lesnar’s backstory.
“People are gonna criticize us no matter what we do,” White said. “Brock came in, he popped for that thing but he beat Mark Hunt who was one of the top guys. He’s a former world champion, it’s a fight that people want to see, and it’s definitely a fight that Cormier wants. Cormier wants that fight.
“They’ve known each other a long time - the whole wrestling thing - and they talk a lot of s**t to each other about wrestling and who would have won in wrestling and who would have done this and that. There is a thing with those two on who would win and now they’re gonna find out.”
Still, Lesnar won’t be eligible to compete until January at the earliest and Cormier has made it clear he’d like to get one more fight in before closing out his career with Lesnar. Fortunately, Cormier has another belt he can defend without jeopardizing the heavyweight title and the Lesnar fight - and unlike his other double champ, White says he’s willing to let Cormier defend both titles.
“I gotta talk to Cormier - we haven’t talked about any of this stuff yet but we will talk this week - maybe he defends his light heavyweight belt. He’s a guy I would let do that.”
UFC 226. Check out everything that went down on Saturday night at UFC 226.
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GOAT? Dana White calls Daniel Cormier ‘one of the best of all time.’
Smart. Daniel Cormier to fighters calling Brock Lesnar confrontation fake: ‘Stay broke.’
Some other post-fight highlights.
Asking the important questions.
Cruz’s arm is still jacked.
T-Wood taking shots at Nate.
Jeremy Stephens mad.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 226 and Cormier’s big win.
MMA on the Rocks. Drinking and discussing the historic moments from UFC 226.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Tonight wasn’t my night. I’m feeling good. Thanks to all my fans for the support. Love you guys! See you back in The Land! pic.twitter.com/D2KUR4ex4d— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) July 8, 2018
And friendly disrespect.
Good to see ya smiling but why are your pants so tight? So tight https://t.co/daMeH0tZSX— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) July 8, 2018
Less than a year ago, Cormier lost a second fight to Jones and had no path back to a title fight. Today, he has two belts.— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) July 8, 2018
Make it happen.
This just made me realize I’d pay 500 dollars for a three way UFC/Ladder Match with Jon Jones, Cormier, and Brock— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 8, 2018
GRAPHIC: Paul Felder's Post Match Medicals at UFC 226 pic.twitter.com/NLRfIKRIwB— ZombieProphet (@GIFsByZP) July 8, 2018
Imagine designing a “Double Champ” shirt and not having DC hold two belts.
This is why no one has a bad thing to say about Max.
It was what it was. Respect to Ortega and his team. Thank you @danawhite and the @UFC staff for making my health priority. Also thank you to @lilheathenmma and @frankieedgar for being about that champ life and stepping up. I see you. To all the fans I know this rollercoaster can pic.twitter.com/I094Gv74CK— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 6, 2018
Thank you my brother. I know you know what it is because your whole team is champions. Peace be with you https://t.co/WEtHgunoh3— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 6, 2018
Thank you champ champ. One of the best minds in this game said we win or learn. This is learning for me. Hope to see you back brother https://t.co/qdj9IbZDPg— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 6, 2018
Thank you for being a true friend and calling me out on TV. This fight game breaks when champs can’t be checked https://t.co/IYKTuHsrZw— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 6, 2018
Apparently the UFC has decided not to have women’s featherweights on TUF next season.
So for who did Not hear it yet,... I did not make it into TUF28... nor did the other featherweights. I dont know what the @ufc is planning with the division, I don’t really know myself what is going on. I got so many questions, sorry I can’t Answer them. But there is nothing I can change about it... I am here, ready and on weight! It is what it is, and we grow from dissapointments! I believe God has a plan, although I am extremely dissapointed I didnt make it... I believe and hope that our turn will come also! - - - I am Not giving up my dream... there is still a lot of work to do! @criscyborg @danawhite 12-3-0 won 4 in a row after being cut as a bantamweight - 9 stoppages! #ranked - one day I Will get my shot! Doesnt mather where! vs #battlecat #wmma #mma #ufc #fight #backtowork #featherweight #featherweightdivision #perfectteam #teamdandois #believe #faith #hope #hardwork #dedication #passion #belgium #tuf28 #belgianathlete #motivation
Wand gonna soccer kick Rampage it seems.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2015: Cris Cyborg stopped Faith Van Duin to retain her featherweight title at Invicta FC 13. that night also featured Tonya Evinger claiming the vacant bantamweight title with a win over Irene Aldana, and Ayaka Hamazaki taking the atomweight title with a split decision victory over Herica Tiburcio.
2016: Amanda Nunes became the UFC women’s bantamweight champion when she stopped Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Also on the card, Brock Lesnar returned to the UFC after a four year absence, taking a decision from Mark Hunt and Jose Aldo won his rematch with Frankie Edgar to claim the interim featherweight title which was later promoted to the undisputed championship.
I don’t think Cormier is the GOAT but he’s a dark horse in the conversation now. In a world without Cain Velasquez, there is a strong possibility Cormier would have been the heavyweight champ for the last five years. Still though, you can’t judge a fighter on what could have happened - if you do, B.J. Penn is unquestionably the greatest fighter of all time. Cormier has a great resume and is a deserving champion but he still doesn’t stack up with GSP, DJ, Andy, and Aldo (I intentionally left Jon off this list because people get crazy about him and also because DC’s 205 career is arguably better than Jon’s at this point if you’re one of those people who just don’t count the fact that he lost to Jon). Just my two cents.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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