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. Derrick Lewis is fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world.
People still don't believe Daniel Cormier. They go back and do the same thing.
Cormier, though, has been in with huge punchers before and has only once been wobbled, in the first of his two wins with Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. Lewis also won and continued his ascent into contention. "Also Derrick Lewis will eat for free at this location for the rest off his life!"
That fight would carry a purse in the eight-figure range for Cormier, but it would go away with a loss. Lewis mimicked Cormier's moves from the video at the news conference and both fighters erupted into laughter. [For example], Conor McGregor.
A month or so ago, the UFC was desperate for a title fight to headline this weekend's UFC 230 card in Madison Square Garden. I had never felt energy like that and I was at UFC 200, we fought on the same card so it was electric that night as well. "It's not going to be a problem at all". I don't want to do that.
Lewis' recent record is about as good as it gets in the UFC, particularly at heavyweight where the majority of the fighters in the division are capable of one fight-ending strike at any moment.
But with UFC desperate for a worthy main event, Cormier was offered a payday he could not refuse.
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"He's a wife beater, I'd like to get in there with him", Lewis told TMZ Sports of Hardy earlier this year. No matter how many times reporters ask him or how much adulation is finally coming his way, the answer is still yes.
"It's where all the famous fighters put down their mark in the sport", he said.
For all his Instagram antics, Lewis maintains that he is taking this fight serious, and that's all that matters to him. That would likely earn Cormier the biggest payday, and why not cash-out on your way out of the fight game?
Chances are, he'll have one last fight after Saturday in which he can continue to secure his legacy as one of the greatest athletes to ever step into the octagon.
The other option, of course, is Jon Jones, who has beaten Cormier twice.
It's been a insane last couple of months for you.