He was meeting an unlikely challenger in the form of Lewis, 33, who was appearing on consecutive main cards, having faced Russia's Alexander Volkov just four weeks ago at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, where he secured a stunning late KO win.
Lesnar became the WWE Universal Champion last Friday at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view, and given the fact that Lesnar isn't likely to defend his title any time soon, he could still be a WWE champion by the time a fight with Cormier materializes. "Bring that belt with you if you come to my house." .
Daniel Cormier has cemented his spot as the baddest man on the planet with a dominant second round submission win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.
Lewis managed to work his way back to the feet, but he expended too much energy and Cormier was easily able to take him down again and control him for the rest of the round. "It's history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time". Derrick gives up his back and Cormier locks in a rear-naked choke.
"If Derrick Lewis wins eat for free from 2-4 on Sunday" at Popeyes on 9120 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 7743.
Cormier showed a ton of respect for Lewis all week long in the leadup to their fight but the two-division champion understood why he was a massive favorite according to every odds maker on the planet.
UFC president Dana White has said he wanted a Lesnar-Cormier bout signed for next year, a showcase that would surely be the biggest ever for heavyweights.
Once the fight was on the ground, Cormier stayed in complete control by keeping Lewis down and then just hammering away with punches.
"I like Brock, I really do".
"He did what we thought he was going to do: wrestle", Lewis told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight.
Cormier will now reportedly fight former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in 2019.
You never know how one thing can change another in time and there's always the possibility that you might never expect how different things could have been if things would have been different.