And yet, even Lewis is struggling to come up with reasons why anyone should be picking him to beat Cormier and leave Madison Square Garden with the heavyweight championship belt around his waist on Saturday night at UFC 230.
Cormier says nothing has been decided yet on which fight the UFC would favor much less the one he'd prefer to land but there are plenty of factors-including money-playing into what actually unfolds. Three years I've been the light-heavyweight champion because this dude can't stay out of trouble.
Derrick Lewis never expected to be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title; it was never his aim, nor was it something he fixated on.
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He will oversee the transition from Rio this week and fly to the capital Brasilia next week, Lorenzoni added. His chief economic advisor is Paulo Guedes, a University of Chicago-trained free-market economist.
"When you get to those numbers and you get 300,000 extra pay-per-view buys, at that number of pay-per-views, that's a big, big number".
For former middleweight king Weidman, 34, it's a further step back after he was looking to build on his win last time out against Gastelum, but now slips to 14-4 overall.
After Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 226, he called Lesnar down to the ring and the two had a brief confrontation ending in Lesnar announcing his intention to fight Cormier in 2019. All he needed to do in order to complete his improbable climb to the top was get through Daniel Cormier. I don't think none of my opponents are safe.
"Bring that belt with you when you come to my house", said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40. I guarantee you can. "I just like to have a good time and I like to make people laugh". I really haven't stopped training. "I'm an optimistic guy". Lewis turned his back to Cormier and was able to get back to his feet, but Cormier was able to hold Lewis against the cage before yanking Lewis right back to the ground, this time closer to the center of the Octagon giving the advantage to Cormier. Now that will be some post-fight interview.