UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, who as noted, has a tryout to become a commentator for WWE and is rumored to be fighting WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in his Octagon return in early 2019, recently appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio to promote his first UFC Heavyweight Title defense against Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis at UFC 230. Featured below are some of the highlights from the show that included WWE and/or Brock Lesnar-related discussion.
On feeling like he had his “WrestleMania Moment” by having the altercation with Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon at UFC 226 after winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship: “I am in the ring, as Stipe Miocic’s song starts I look across the octagon and Brock Lesnar is staring at me smiling. I am thinking to myself, okay, obviously Brock is here for a fight. Let me take care of this and I will come to you afterward.
“I win the fight, I go, ‘Brock, you obviously wanted it. Get your ass in here if you wanted it.’ Now, I didn’t know he was going to push me. If I knew he was going to push me I would have dug my heels. I didn’t like the visual of him pushing me and me flying back like that. It is not the best visual for a guy like me. I don’t want to seem like he can just toss me around.”
“Right after that, we kept going back and forth. Brock did a promo on me calling me a piece of sh*t. I don’t know why they haven’t had Brock talking in years because he is good at it. It is special when he does so maybe that is why it resonated so well. Then he left, but I mean I would have dug my heels first off, and secondly, I would have pushed him back. But honestly, I was in there thinking, holy s**t, I am having a WrestleMania moment. I am having a WrestleMania moment right now with Brock Lesnar. It is the greatest, craziest thing and was thinking about how amazing it was. Even at that moment, I was like, this is crazy.”
On knowing that an enormous pay day comes with fighting the reigning WWE Universal Champion: “It was crazy in the ring, but when I got to the back I was like, holy smokes, we are going to make a sh*t ton of money because look, Brock Lesnar is a special attraction. That is why when he shows up, he wasn’t at UFC just to watch a fight. He doesn’t go to a UFC and watch a fight. He barely watches WWE and he works there you know what I am saying? I knew he was coming for something so I was like this dude wanted something and I am going to give it to him.
“Me getting to fight Brock Lesnar – because I remember my partner, Cain Velasquez fighting him in 2010. Brock walked into the arena and that place was electric. I mean, Anaheim was insane. 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. So, just to be standing opposite of him in an octagon is going to be insane, but once that bell rings and they yell fight, I am going to kill him. He is going to be completely in over his head.”
Check out the complete Daniel Cormier appearance on Busted Open Radio below, and order UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis live on pay-per-view tonight from Madison Square Garden in New York to see if D.C. retains his UFC Heavyweight Championship, and whether or not “The Beast Incarnate” makes another post-fight promotional appearance inside the cage.
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