Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice.
"Obviously Stipe has been incredibly dominant at heavyweight". That's the only time I ever had the reach advantage. "But everybody's strong. Push me now, you go to sleep later". He doesn't have to cut down in weight. Now let's understand that Miocic was also an NCAA DI wrestler, so he is more adept at the ground game than Cormier's last power punching opponent but it won't be enough to get him out of the weeds when DC goes to the ground-and-pound.
"I think it's going to be an interesting fight". Penn and Georges St. Pierre as the only fighters to win championships in two different weight-classes.
Just about everybody breaking down this fight believes that wrestling will play a massive part in the ultimate outcome. The 39-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native was flawless outside of few eye pokes, one of which left Miocic in visible distress, resulted in a brief pause and prompted referee Marc Goddard to issue a stern warning.
Shortly after winning the heavyweight belt, Cormier gave a heartfelt speech in the cage, but then shifted gears and called out Lesnar.
"Yeah, you're drunk, but everybody's drunk", Cormier said in response to Lesnar's physicality.
"The only way he can win is to knock me out". So I've lived in that division for a long time. But it doesn't matter how good of a boxer you are if you get taken down. "I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do to Stipe".
As expected, Lesnar will challenge Cormier for the heavyweight belt, though a date and location aren't determined.
"When this is all said and done, I will be remembered as the greatest of all time", Cormier said.
The Vegas bookies, though, still have Miocic as the prohibitive favourite going into Saturday's big fight.