lätt-tungviktsmästaren Daniel Cormier mötte i helgen tungviktsmästaren Stipe Miocic i huvudmatchen under UFC 226 och blev då den andra fightern i UFC som hållit i två bälten samtidigt. Trots att Cormier var tyngre i detta mötet och inte behöva göra någon viktminskning, känner han att var snabbare än han brukar i oktogonen.
Via The MMA Hour:
I felt like I was faster. Because at 205, I think my speed, it doesn’t jump out at you as much because all of these guys that I fight are pretty fast. So I think I felt faster, I think I felt faster at heavyweight, and then just not having to do that weight cut, it makes such a big deal, man. That weight cut can really, really — it can really brutalize you.
[Without the weight cut] I was so excited, man. I was in the back trying to contain myself. Like, how do I stay the course and not put myself in the fight too early, because without having to worry about the weight management, now I have all this time to think about the fight, and I do a lot of visualization and stuff. So it’s like, when I visualize, I’m like, ‘Wow, I could go and just fight right now. I don’t have to cut any weight. How do I monitor myself and manage my energy in regards to the fight?’ I can’t get too excited, so I was really trying to peel myself back a lot. I was trying to peel myself back a lot when it came to thinking about the fight.
Efter mötet kom tungviktaren Brock Lesnar upp buren och knuffade den nye mästaren. Cormier känner inte alls att detta förstörde hans kväll, utan snarare gjorde den bättre.
Cormier skämtsamt att vi mer eller mindre fick ett smakprov på vad som kan komma att hända i en titelmatch mellan de två i framtiden.
Not at all, it didn’t ruin my night. It made it even better. If not for anything, if I was a guy who just wanted that type of moment, that would’ve been OK, but how did it ruin my moment? When I won the belt the first time, the first thing I did was yell at Jon Jones to get his stuff together, set up my next fight. This fight with Brock Lesnar, I told him to get in the Octagon, and it set up my next fight. How did it ruin my moment? It doesn’t change the fact that I got to win the UFC heavyweight title. They’ve got this great image of me sitting on top of the cage floating around right now. I don’t understand how that would’ve ruined my moment.
He’s very strong. He pushed me and I went falling back, and then when he got close, I pushed him back but I barely moved him. I’m like, gosh, I should’ve pushed him so much harder. I was like, why would I push him so soft? Am I like kind of scared of Brock Lesnar? Like, why didn’t I push him a lot harder than I did? But he’s going to get his. He’s going to get his.
Dana White bekräftade att de två kommer att mötas i en titelmatch, men den kommer då först att bli av i början på 2019 eftersom Lesnar måste genomgå tester som genomförs av USADA.