Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Daniel Cormier calls out Brock Lesnar after dominant UFC heavyweight title win

Michael Bisping, Kenny Florian: Jon Jones Lingers Over Daniel Cormier UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier Results
Rosie Leonard | 09 July, 2018, 04:17

Newly crowned heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier already seems to be locked in on his next opponent.

Cormier (21-1-1NC) flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight champ with a right uppercut out of a clinch. Conor McGregor was the UFC's featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.

Looks like Brock Lesnar will soon be fighting in the octagon again, as the WWE Universal Champion got physical with Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 after getting called out. Cormier was the betting underdog by a similar number coming into UFC 226 against Miocic and has been in bouts with Jon Jones and surprisingly against Anthony Johnson. Cormier and Lesnar are expected to battle for the UFC heavyweight title sometime before the year is out. Cormier was victorious in the fight and became the new heavyweight champion in the first round of the fight. Miocic, on the other hand, fell to 18-3 and saw his six-fight winning streak snapped. "I never thought I would fight him, but Brock Lesnar, get your ass in here!" "I know that when I talked to people at UFC earlier in the week the idea was definitely for the December 29th show".

"I was a heavyweight for a long time, and I left this division", Cormier said.

In the beginning of 2018, the speculation in wrestling was Lesnar's contract ran out after Wrestlemania and would be returning to the UFC. Cormier swarmed, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.

Cormier would have remained in the heavyweight division, but he elected to move down to the light heavyweight division because of his teammate, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

And, after an exhilarating start to the bout that saw both men trade heavy leather, Cormier made the crucial breakthrough in the final minute of the opening round.

If Cormier can win and claim two championship belts at the same time, it will be one of the most impressive accomplishments in MMA history. Welterweight Mike Perry also earned a copiously bloody split-decision victory over Paul Felder. "The last time I fought someone I was bigger than was Jeff Monson, that was in (2011) and I felt like Muhammad Ali out there (because) I had the reach advantage, the only time I've had the reach advantage".

That's a big, big difference, and could easily be the difference in the fight.

Perry edged the fight via split-decision after a non-stop, drag-out affair, but Felder's coach Duke Roufus confirmed to press row after the fight that his man fought nearly all of the fight with a broken arm after sustaining an injury early in the first round.

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