Despite the talk of his impending retirement, Cormier insists he's not taking Lewis lightly.

Their chicken challenge goes back to July when the fighters shared the dais after they both fought on the same pay-per-view card. Lewis also won and continued his ascent into contention.

Saturday's fight marked Cormier's first heavyweight title defense, and the victory kept a planned matchup against WWE star Brock Lesnar intact for early 2019. A shirtless Cormier had starred in a parody video of "All About That Bass", and danced with drumsticks out of a Popeye's box.

"My balls was hot", uttered Lewis when asked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan why he had stripped down to his boxer shorts after the fight.

This kind of hype wasn't exactly brimming with the nastiness of Conor McGregor throwing a hand truck at a bus to get at his foe.


However, former heavyweight champion Lesnar seems to be stealing the headlines, as "The Beast" is expected to be present to watch Cormier and Lewis headline UFC 230, staged at Madison Square Garden. "It's not going to be a problem at all". I was being a wild dude, and I was still winning, and it caught up to me.

Cormier (21-1, one no contest), also the light heavyweight champion, made history when he scored a first-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to capture the heavyweight title and became the second fighter to hold two championships at the same time.

UFC president Dana White, center, breaks up Jon Jones, left, and Alexander Gustafsson during a news conference talking about their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in NY.

"I gave my timing to the UFC", countered Nunes, who has always maintained she would be ready to fight on this card. Fans want to see him fight, and the UFC isn't just going to cut him.

"When I didn't fight after I fought Alexander Gustafsson and I was only 36 or 37, I went nine months and I was OK", Cormier said. "But as a whole I've tried to do things with a level of professionalism that a lot of guys aren't showing in today's mixed martial arts".


"It's where all the famous fighters put down their mark in the sport", he said.

His fight with Gustafsson will probably wind up being one of the biggest sellers of 2018 for the UFC, and Jones' presence alone will draw interest for any matchups with future opponents.

"This is a guy that can finish a fight in one punch", Cormier said.

Jones recently completed a 15-month suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. "I feel like I've said what I had to say about the situation".


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