Last night UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has made history by becoming the second fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously after knocking out Stipe Miocic in the main headliner of UFC 226 PPV event.
Afterward, Cormier called out former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar into the Octagon who was in attendance at UFC 226. Lesnar stepped inside the cage and immediately shoved ‘DC,’ then some pro-wrestling craziness followed. (Via MMAFighting)
“I guess Brock Lesnar is here to pick a fight,” Cormier said afterward at the post-fight press conference. “So I called him out. I’ve been knowing him for a long time. I told him I was gonna kick his butt. And I will kick his butt when we fight.”
Cormier’s first defense of that title is set to be against former champion Brock Lesnar and for that Lesnar has to serve out the remaining six months of his one-year USADA suspension.
Social media criticized the post-fight brawl, with many fighters calling that act staged and Cormier has few words for them.
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 8, 2018
That was a wrestlemania 2018 promo on steroids! Lol what is going on in MMA today 🤦🏾♂️People night forget that we actually play for keeps on that octagon! Ain’t no scripts for the fights!! #UFC226
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 8, 2018
“‘Staged, they’re idiots’ — fine,” Cormier said. “Stay broke. You’ve got a guy like Brock Lesnar in front of you and you don’t go crazy on him? Are you crazy? Brock is a pro wrestler, he does fake fighting. So I will do fake fighting with you until I put my fist upside your face. I’ll do fake fighting with you, Brock. And then I’ll punch you upside your head.
“So yeah, yeah. You guys call it fake online. I see a bunch of fighters. ‘Oh, it’s so fake, I don’t want to watch this.’ Tune in and keep lacing my pockets. You’ve guys gotta get on board. These guys get on the microphone after their fights and say, ‘Yeah, it’s whatever the UFC decides.’ OK.”
‘DC’ admits his love of sports entertainment and made sure to take full advantage of such a moment.
“When Brock was wrestling in WWE, he was always great to me and my family,” Cormier said. “We’d go to the matches, he’d take pictures with my kids. I guess when you step in the Octagon, your emotions are raised a little bit and Brock pushed me. And then Rosendo pushed him, which was absolutely crazy. Because Rosendo is like 5-foot-nothing. But that’s what my team does for me.”
Cormier took offense of ‘fake’ allegation and reminded us he loves wrestling and there was no script, even he was surprised when Lesnar shoves him.
“You know me, I love wrestling,” he said. “I watched some WWE stuff this weekend. I watched WrestleMania back in the day. I love it. I think it’s great. But look, Brock Lesnar is the champion of the WWE. So, when he comes over here, there’s no script. There’s no Vince McMahon saying, ‘Hey DC, easy on the punches.’ There’s no [WWE star] Braun Strowman where if Brock punches him hard on purpose he isn’t gonna respond. The moment Brock Lesnar punches me, I’m gonna get in his ass. And we’re gonna have him running across that Octagon like a lot of other dudes did. So he can be big and bad and tough right now. But once that cage door closes, he’s gonna have to answer for his words. And he’s definitely gonna have to answer for that shove.”
A showdown between Cormier and Lesnar comes with some history attached. ‘DC’ said their relationship dated back to their amateur wrestling days. That in-cage confrontation was friendly, distracted me from crying and we are on each other’s radar for a fight.
“So in that sense, Brock Lesnar stopped me from crying in the Octagon again,” Cormier said. “He kind of distracted me from saying all that stuff and that would have made me cry again. I don’t need to be another meme.”
How many of you excited to see Daniel Cormier throw down with Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon?