Cormier chokes out Lewis, defends 2nd title at UFC 230

But then Lewis started stringing together victories and developing a cult following on social media, and when he rallied in the final seconds to defeat Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 to earn his ninth win in his last 10 appearances, the Houston native established himself as a legitimate title contender. I thought it happened this morning when I sneezed, and I slipped my back out. Like seriously. We got some pictures that we may release later in the week.

With trash talk worthy of WrestleMania hype, Cormier called out former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar for a match in 2019. I sneezed, and because I sneezed, my back slipped out.

That feeling led to some confidence from the 39-year-old Cormier, who had a statement from the octagon at Madison Square Garden for a certain fighter who will likely be his next opponent. Let's go, let's go Brock. I tried to do my morning run and it wasn't happening. "I can't predict anything but yea".

Let's just hope there is no last-minute sneeze drama like there was this weekend.

"Brock and I haven't talked in a little while".

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While suspended from UFC, Lesnar won the WWE Universal Championship at the promotion's controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, opening up Cormier to joke about winning three belts if he were to top Lesnar in 2019. I sneezed, and because I sneezed my back slipped out. So it was very scary because I had no idea how we were going to explain that one. That's what that is.

The pair touched gloves to start the fight.

"I hurt it this morning bad", Daniel Cormier told reporters post-fight at UFC 230 (transcribed by MMAJunkie).

But Cormier acknowledged that he felt the challenger's power during the contest and paid tribute to fan favourite Lewis, who came into the contest with the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history.

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