The UFC heavyweight division crowned a new champion last night as Daniel Cormier toppled Stipe Miocic with a stunning knockout. After the fight, there was a confrontation with Brock Lesnar that now has everyone talking…
During a historic night, UFC 226 saw all the mayhem and drama of a top-drawer pay-per-view. Featured in the main event was a rare super fight between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and then-heavyweight boss Stipe Miocic.
Although a sizeable underdog, Cormier managed to pull off one of the greatest moments of 2018 so far. Capturing the heavyweight title to become only the second simultaneous multi-division champion, ‘DC’ knocked out Miocic in round one.
Following that epic win, WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar entered the octagon. Needless to say, it was a theatrical moment:
Daniel Cormier vs Brock Lesnar Met With Criticism
Obviously, there have been many critics of the next heavyweight title fight. Daniel Cormier vs Brock Lesnar, albeit a big money fight, again strays away from the more purist system of setting up title fights.
Again blurring the line between pro wrestling entertainment and actual combat, the DC-Lesnar scuffle, and matchmaking has led to tense debates online. Responding to the Daniel Cormier vs Brock Lesnar criticism, DC told reporters after UFC 226 that he really doesn’t care what people say:
Daniel Cormier Statement
As per MMAFighting.com, Cormier isn’t really bothered by the backlash:
“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.”
“‘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.”
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“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.”
“If they wanted me over there, I’d go over there,” Cormier said. “I’d go beat Brock in a wrestling match. Maybe they do us a shoot match. Put us in singlets and see who wins. Then go major decision him or something, maybe pin him.”