But Lewis (21-5) showed he's no chicken when comes to accepting title fights on short notice: He's fighting Cormier for the belt Saturday at Madison Square Garden just one month after knockout win at UFC 229. "I didn't know he was going to charge at me as I would've dug my heels into the octagon...throughout this whole time I was like 'Holy shit, I'm having a WrestleMania moment'".
Assuming Cormier finds a way to win, his next fight will likely come down to two possible opponents: Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones.
Brock Lesnar (L) confronts Daniel Cormier (R) after his heavyweight championship fight against Stipe Miocic at T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In general, most fighters don't get to announce when they're going to retire. Avenging that defeat as his final fight would certainly be a great way for Cormier to go out on top. No matter how many times reporters ask him or how much adulation is finally coming his way, the answer is still yes. "Stuff like that means something to me, which is a bit unsafe because the UFC knows, if they dangle the carrot, they know they can get me to bite by putting all that historical stuff in front of me".
"I've been doing nothing but cardio". Brock did a promo on me calling me a piece of s**t. It is not the best visual for a guy like me.More news: Shah Rukh Khan's birthday party stopped by Mumbai cops
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"The reality is with me, it's not like just because I'm not fighting I'm not making money".
UFC 233 is set to take place on the night of January 26th inside The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and Cormier may just be on the verge of defending his heavyweight title against Lesnar, provided, he beats Derrick Lewis this Saturday night at UFC 230.
"I got Dana on the phone that day and was like 'What the?' and Dana doesn't take too many calls from fighters", Eubanks said Thursday in NY.
"I'll be ready to push him or hit him upside the head".
That's why Cormier says he would potentially consider sticking around past his retirement deadline of March 2019 if the right opportunity presented itself but his decision won't be changed by Lesnar, Jones or the amount of monetary gain on the table to delay the end date for his career.