"I think about my past and stuff like that", Lewis told TMZ this afternoon, as he recounted the past events that gave him stock, as a strong-willed character, inside and outside of the octagon. Everyone else is a mixed martial artist.
In a clinical performance which badly exposed the gap in class and technical ability between the two fighters, Cormier made the first defense of his heavyweight title on Saturday via second-round submission in the main event of UFC 230. I'm like, 'Oh Brock's here, this adds another layer to the fight, ' as I'm facing the greatest Heavyweight in the world.
"I was definitely a big part of getting MMA legalized in NY", he said. "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'".
But with UFC desperate for a worthy main event, Cormier was offered a payday he could not refuse. "And that's what I did". I didn't like the visual of him pushing me and me flying back like that. He responded in his backyard, and so did his fans.
The main card and the preliminary fights will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Derrick Lewis is fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world.
Injuries have kept Weidman sidelined since the Gastelum bout, but heading into Saturday's matchup with Souza - who replaced the injured Luke Rockhold - "The All-American" is fired up and ready to make good on his second Garden appearance.
"It was insane in the ring, but when I got to the back I was like, holy smokes, we are going to make a s**t ton of money because look, Brock Lesnar is a special attraction".
"Everything's flowing", he said.
So will the Strong Island faithful be out in full force in the Big Apple again?
"He didn't want to wait until January and hear all the media talk about, 'Why is Cormier not fighting for the 205 belt?' They're already saying he's basically scared to fight Jones right now, anyway". No matter how many times reporters ask him or how much adulation is finally coming his way, the answer is still yes. "It's gonna be fun".
"Four fights in a row in NY and this is going to be the best ever", he said.
"He's just a real nice, fun-loving guy but when he gets in there, he tries to knock your head off", Cormier said.
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