The last time Daniel Cormier was in the octagon, he may have suffered more lasting damage after his championship-winning fight than he did in the actual fight.
After knocking out Stipe Miocic to win the heavyweight title at UFC 226 last July, Brock Lesnar entered the octagon. Lesnar, a current WWE star and a former UFC heavyweight champion, confronted Cormier in the cage. It was the type of confrontation promoters love. Why? It generates buzz, and more importantly, expands their video library.
That collection of video now includes Lesnar shoving Cormier and stirring the pot, WWE style, in the moments after Cormier became the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. In the months since, it hasn’t sat well with Cormier.
Should Cormier find himself in that position again this Saturday when he defends his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, he has a clear plan of attack for Lesnar.
“This time I will advise him to stay out of the octagon,” Cormier said. “Because last time he pushed me across the cage and I hate that visual. I hate that that’s the visual that’s gonna be shown in the buildup to our fight. This time I will buckle my heels into the mat and I will be ready to push him or smack him upside his head.”
Cormier has never hidden the fact that he wants to fight Lesnar. He wants that monster payday before he plans to retire next year when he turns 40.
When asked if starting a brouhaha with Lesnar would be the best course of action for him a month after the UFC 229 post-fight melee with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Cormier’s teammate at AKA, and Conor McGregor, Cormier dismissed any potential negative repercussions.
“No, it’s OK,” Cormier said. “We’re fighters. It’ll be fine.”