The American Kickboxing Academy captain retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title and looked dominant in doing so, as he submitted Derrick Lewis with a rear-naked choke in the second round of the UFC 230 headliner on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in NY. He also said the only fight he would be open to at 205 pounds would be a rematch with Jon Jones, the only man to ever defeat him, provided Jones defeats Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on December 29.
Cormier and Lesnar have been linked to fight each other since they scuffled inside the cage following Cormier's victory over Stipe Miocic earlier this year, and the championship bout seems all but confirmed following a dominant win by Cormier against Derrick Lewis in NY.
After Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 226, he called Lesnar down to the ring and the two had a brief confrontation ending in Lesnar announcing his intention to fight Cormier in 2019.
"Brock and I haven't talked in a little while".
Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage.
In the event, a clinical, controlled performance from Cormier meant he retained his heavyweight strap to keep alongside his light heavyweight version, and became the first man to defend belts in two weight divisions.
Despite getting booed each by the Madison Square Garden faithful each time he took the fan-favorite Lewis down, Cormier continued to maul and grind until "The Black Beast" finally exposed his back and instantly tapped out via rear-naked choke at 2:14 of Round 2.
"At around 12, 1 o'clock it was to the point where I was kind of singed over and leaning and Bob Cook said, 'If you don't get better then we're going to have to make a decision on whether or not you're going to fight, '" Daniel Cormier stated. The second bout past year was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months. You have to be one of the best in the world to be able to compete.
Adesanya flipped off Brunson early in the first round and finished him not much later for the TKO win. Brunson pressured Adesanya and worked to get the fight to the ground but couldn't control the Nigerian.