Making it look so easy, UFC’s double division champion Daniel Cormier
— UFC (@ufc) November 4, 2018
Not That Level Yet
After scoring a Hail Mary knockout win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229, the “Black Beast” picked up an unexpected heavyweight title shot vs DC. The champ-champ surprisingly took the match on short notice, putting his belt on the line after seizing it from Stipe Miocic last July.
During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, DC manifested his simple analysis of the game:
“I think a lot of people have to understand that I’ve been doing this for nine years and I’ve fought at a championship level for eight of them, so there are no surprises with me … Derrick is good, but just not that level yet.”
Cormier: I think a lot of people have to understand that I've been doing this for nine years and I've fought at a championship level for eight of them, so there's no surprises with me … Derrick is good, but just not that level yet #UFC230
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 4, 2018
The heavyweight champion gave Lewis a bloody fight. Upon the second round of the match, Cormier successfully locked his opponent in a rear-naked choke and got the tap, becoming the first fighter to submit the Black Beast.
Despite this, Cormier admitted that Lewis has an impressive punching power. He said:
“He punched me in the eye on the way in. I was blinking for like 30 seconds. Everything he did had unbelievable power.”
Cormier: He punched me in the eye on the way in. I was blinking for like 30 seconds. Everything he did had unbelievable power. #UFC230
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) November 4, 2018
Pulling Him From The Fight
However, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani released a report on his post-fight meeting with DC, saying he almost pulled out of the fight last minute. Apparently, the 39-year old mixed martial artist had a strenuous sneezing attack and threw out his back, hurting him too badly.
Cormier told us on the post-fight show that he sneezed this morning and threw out his back. He said he couldn’t move. It got so bad his coach Bob Cook was considering pulling him from the fight. He had a lot of work done all day and it felt better around 5 pm.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 4, 2018
Though no further confirmation was released regarding the report, the incident clearly didn’t get in DC’s way. Since many fans billed this matchup as ‘one of the easiest fights for Cormier,’ he lived up to their expectations and handily won the tap.
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