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Cormier called out Lesnar for a blockbuster heavyweight bout. "If Daniel Cormier wants to come back down to light heavyweight, he'll challenge one of the contenders for my belt". 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.

Daniel Cormier has set a deadline for his retirement in early 2019, and that means a win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 Saturday night in NY might leave room for just one more fight in his career.

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Assuming Cormier finds a way to win, his next fight will likely come down to two possible opponents: Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones.

Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight title and the 205-pound crown will go to the victor of the Jones-Alexander Gustafsson bout at UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.

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"It's massive to me to headline the Garden", Cormier said. "Legacy matters to me".

But Cormier has solidified himself as one of MMA's greatest fighters and most dominant wrestlers. The second bout past year was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months.

He was meeting an unlikely challenger in the form of Lewis, 33, who was appearing on consecutive main cards, having faced Russia's Alexander Volkov just four weeks ago at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, where he secured a stunning late KO win.

Lewis went into the fight looking a lot leaner than he was last month and Cormier was a lot heavier at 251 pounds and he has been dealing with a hand injury. And he'll be keeping an eye on his waistline - the one he expects to still be wrapped with the title belt after Saturday night.


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