From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out. And with wins in nine of his last ten bouts, with seven of those victories coming by knockout, it's clear that Lewis is unsafe on fight night.
One of the most genuine and honest people in sports, Cormier heaped praised upon Lewis' power, but it was never a factor.
The closest Cormier came to defeat on Saturday was apparently early on fight day, when he claims he threw out his back. due to a sneeze.
Quoted on the UFC website, Cormier said after the fight: 'There are no surprises with me.
Lewis definitely had earned the right to fight him (having won nine of his last 10), but Cormier's wrestling is too good and he is too professional to take Lewis lightly, which was probably the only way Lewis could have caught him.
"Joe Rogan, you are the man but I want to kiss you!" "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.
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You never know how one thing can change another in time and there's always the possibility that you might never expect how different things could have been if things would have been different.
At 39, Cormier has suggested he has just one fight left in his decorated MMA career, and Lesnar looks to be the ideal opponent for him in terms of potential revenue. "Stuff like that means something to me, which is a bit risky 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". But he took the fight, knowing that he already finished a full camp for Volkov and that he has the power to score the upset anytime from round one to five.
"And I weighed in at 205lbs on January 19 to fight Volkan Oezdemir".
"Winning the heavyweight title to me would be really good for people who were in my situation to see that life is not over", said Lewis.