The announcement did not go over well with fans, and a couple of weeks later the fight was scrapped when the UFC announced Derrick Lewis would be challenging Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title in the main event this Saturday in NY.
A 6-foot-3, 265-pound Texan (21-5-1 with 18 KOs), Lewis got the title shot after dropping Alexander Volkov with a heavy right-hand in the third round of their showdown at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.
UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has a fight in front of him.
"It's history, baby", said Cormier, who improved his heavyweight record to 15-0 (4-0 in UFC).
He quickly called out former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar for a match in 2019. And he'll be keeping an eye on his waistline - the one he expects to still be wrapped with the title belt after Saturday night.
"I've got into the octagon into this quicker before I made it into UFC", Lewis said.
"Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE title because I feel like being the WWE champion, too", Cormier said. Then he left, but I mean I would have dug my heels first off, and secondly, I would have pushed him back. No matter how many times reporters ask him or how much adulation is finally coming his way, the answer is still yes.
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But Cormier has solidified himself as one of MMA's greatest fighters and most dominant wrestlers.
The win for the veteran Brazilian, 38, will fuel calls for a title shot against the victor of the planned match-up between current middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum next year.
Cormier was a significant betting favorite going into Saturday, and it was clear why.
"I'll be ready to push him or hit him upside the head". That's why Cormier says in reality a fight against Jones should be bigger-it's actually two of the top fighters in the history of the sport clashing for the third time. "I just had to stay longer in the gym". "I also corner guys, I also coach, so there are ways for me to stay involved in competition".
"I see Brock, right, and here's the insane thing about this".
Despite the talk of his impending retirement, Cormier insists he's not taking Lewis lightly.