Back in July, Cormier scored a stunning first-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title, becoming the first man to hold the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles simultaneously. And he'll be keeping an eye on his waistline - the one he expects to still be wrapped with the title belt after Saturday night.
"Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE title too". "I know y'all guys don't expect me to come in here and get no submissions or nothing technical, you're going to get what you've been seeing, it's going to be all heart".
Lewis got a couple of shots in early but Cormier took him down.
With two belts draped around his shoulders, Cormier was in typically fine form and with retirement looming, the 39-year-old doubled down on his desire to secure one last payday against the former UFC heavyweight champion and crossover pay-per-view superstar, Brock Lesnar.
"I think a lot of people have to understand that I've been doing this for nine years and I've fought at a championship level for eight of them", he said.
Lewis' manager clarified that this deal with grant the heavyweight free Popeyes for life in his home city of Houston. His status remains as murky as ever - he still has to serve out the remainder of a USADA suspension - and was not spotted at MSG.
In between rounds, Cormier's corner instructed him to do the exact same thing and exhausted the Black Beast out.
Lewis propelled himself to the title bout with a thunderous victory over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. He moves back to half guard and lands some short punches from top position. You have to be one of the best in the world to be able to compete. Cormier took his back and forced him to tap out.