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As Daniel Cormier's career retires independently at the age of 40 at the age of 40, he finds himself in an interesting historical location.
There are some who will never forget the two losses of Jon Jones as if it were two losses for the man who would be the best fight of all times if he was somehow capable of acting outside his Octagon like Cormier.
Then there are those who look at the width of Cormier's accountant and the time spent in sports, and they are rightly recognized that their performance is a powerful competitor to be the greatest fighter in the history of the MMA.
Did Cormier's victory over Saturday Derrick Lewis give a big new dimension to his excessive goat net? Perhaps not in the way his other, more remarkable victory is. He was not in the same league as Cormier's quick resignation from Stipe Miocic or a litany of other prizes. It was simple, work and easy.
Lewis can not be found in Cormier's full martial arts. But then there were few in history. The 33-year-old challenger in the New York UFC 230 entered the Octagon, with the essentially the same outrageous and unique means that he always moves to the cage, that is, the ability to immediately stop the fight – no matter how bad the team is .
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The chances of the bunny. It was a cliché, but it was Lewis when he overlaid the basics. And that was not enough. Not for long. Cormier made the canvas ready for Lewis, revealing the gap that Lewis, who devoted exclusively to wrestling training for the next 10 years, was still unable to cross. Cormier also used base curves, travel, and even ankle cutting to keep Lewis in the back before the champion was second-round backward naked damping and winning.
"I think many people have to understand that I've been doing this for nine years and have fought for eight in the championship," he told Cormier Joe Rogan after the pay-per-view broadcast. fight. "So there is no surprise to me, I'm coming and trying to do my job. If a bureaucrat has a chance, as I said, that's not enough, one of the best in the world needs to compete. And Derrick is good but not at this level.
Cormier will be skeptical – those heartless people who have been happy to see their tears fall in July 2017 after Jones's second loss is likely to fall into this category – who will be on Cormier's Saturday night against Lewis. They fascinate and declare that Lewis has failed and defeated him, not as impressive as a 216 challenger who is a man who has never won the UFC.
Of course it is fake. Lewis is not the most wrought warrior, but he has abilities that turn over the cage boundaries. Good warrior. Dangerous warrior.
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And they suspect that Cormier had noticed Octagon for a short while as Lewis. He has a broken hand too. I met Cormier in his hotel room in September at the UFC 228 combat week in Dallas and told me there was no way to fight for January. We sat on the couch watching our son's football playing iPhone video and talking about how much he was looking forward to being able to do so. To be a dad all the time. In the meantime, however, he wanted to leave his hand and was ready for the 2019 fight against Brock Lesnar.
But then the UFC was tempted with a lot of money and Cormier could not stop it. Who can be? So he stepped into the cage against a power drill without being able to grab or fist with one hand. He was still struggling and still easily beat the man who abolished heavy heavyweight members.
What is the next step? There is no date, but Cormier is likely to close his career in a great fight against Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion, winner of WWE's best Raw singles title. Cormier, a notoriously athletic athlete, will earn that much money this night to support his generation's generations and leave the sport. Regardless of whether you joined WWE's commentary or move to ESPN next year, it will still be a public eye, even if it is no longer in the cage.
And beyond? The UFC Hall of Fame is probably later – a richly deserved honor for a man who was the greatest fighter in the history of sport before entering the cage in the world's most famous arena.