“Push me now, you’re gonna sleep later!”
After double champ Daniel Cormier successfully seized three-time heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s belt on UFC 226, he called out Brock Lesnar from the ringside and confronted what his ‘presence’ means.
During a post-fight presser, DC explained the Octagon shout out:
“I guess Brock Lesnar is here to pick a fight. 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.”
Apparently, Cormier felt like Lesnar’s presence at UFC 226 was obviously because he wanted to fight the winner and heavyweight champion next. Which means that’s either DC or Miocic at the end of his gloves next.
This confrontation reminds people of something else. A WWE stunt maybe?
Criticisms quickly popped out on social media, including fellow fighters, accusing the new heavyweight champion of staging a WWE skit.
Tired of all the politics 🤦🏾♂️ like is it even still even about fighting first CM Punk now @BrockLesnar I’ll just continue to grow as a martial artist and become more dangerous and I refuse to resort to that WWE bs fake arguing just to draw in lame ass casual fans pfft
— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) July 8, 2018
This is so WWE. Just absolute nonsense. Lesnar ain't never gonna fight DC because Lesnar has to first get through his toughest opponent: USADA. https://t.co/9AA2tZ11Vk
— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) July 8, 2018
While UFC has long had similarities to WWE, confrontations inside the cage (or ring in boxing) have been going on forever. How many people would be knocking last night’s DC/Lesnar confrontation as “WWE nonsense” had it not been Brock in the cage? Probably nowwhere near as many.
— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) July 8, 2018
Total cringe WWE moment with fake pushing and trash taking In The octagon with DC and Brock Lesnar
— Ricardo Lamas (@RicardoLamasMMA) July 8, 2018
Here’s what Cormier has to say on that:
(He indicated that he did that ‘Pro-Wrestling’ type segment with Lesnar to sell their fight and make big-time money.)
“‘Staged, they’re idiots’ — fine. 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.”
The 39-year-old fighter denied that the confrontation was scripted. He was saying that to his surprise, his wrestling ‘friend’ pushed him during the face off. But, nothing stunned him more when his boxing coach Rosendo Sanchez got in Lesnar’s face.
“When Brock was wrestling in WWE, he was always great to me and my family. We’d go to the matches, he’d take pictures with my kids. I guess when you step into 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.”
Despite claiming it was an authentic exchanged Cormier enjoyed talking profanely with Lesnar as a long-time wrestling fan:
“You know me, I love wrestling. 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.”
In fact, UFC President Dana White called the confrontation off because he’s starting not to like it.
“I said ‘Calm down, relax, stop. We get it, there’s going to be a fight. Calm down. They were both … did you see DC push me up against the cage? I’m too old for this s**t, you can’t be doing this for me. They were all fired up, everybody in there was crazy. And then Cormier’s little guy is running over pushing Brock. I’m like ‘This is about to turn into a s**t show that the commission is not going to like.”