Cormier, however, returned with a jab and hard leg kick.
The champ stayed down for a moment before limping off stage before returning moments after to face off against his opponent Stipe Miocic. After reigning for more than two years atop a notoriously unstable division, Miocic didn't hesitate to risk his belt in a career-defining bout. Cormier followed with a few more punches until Miocic was out cold. Now he gets a chance to do something Jones never has and that is rule the heavyweight division.
"I am 39 years old, and I've been second a lot of times, but today I finally accomplish everything". From there, Cormier would deliver some brutal ground and pound that eventually put Stipe to sleep.
And a fired-up Cormier told a packed media scrum at Wednesday's open workouts that the bookies in Vegas have got it wrong, by backing pre-fight favourite Miocic, and his rival only has one way of winning, and that's to knock him out. During the post-fight interview, Cormier called Lesnar into the Octagon. That is the second-lowest figure for a three-round fight in UFC history.
And the OH firefighter brushed off Cormier's suggestion that there was no way Miocic could win a decision.
Cormier weighed 246 lbs., while Miocic weighed-in at only 242.5 lbs., so Miocic won't have a major weight advantage when they're in the clinch and leaning into one another.
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Cormier became the new UFC heavyweight champion on Saturday night in quick and impressive fashion.
Prior to the fight, Joe Rogan heard Lesnar tell Dana White that he wanted the victor of the fight.
This time around the story is that Holloway has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms and it comes after he opted out due to a leg injury in a scheduled title defense against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.
It's another huge blow to UFC pay-per-views and tickets already sold for the live event. Check out the service you use to see if its being shown. I approach them all the same.
Lesnar has been with WWE for a while, his appearance sparks more rumors of a possible return to the UFC.