Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to become a two division champion, he was already the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and immediately afterwards former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar charged the octagon then cut a WWE-style promo on Cormier. This is great news for Cormier, because due to his popularity outside of the UFC Brock Lesnar is a huge star and draws many more pay-per-view buys than any established UFC heavyweight challenger would draw in a matchup than Cormier, if he fights Brock Lesnar this becomes a huge payday for Daniel Cormier.
The potential fight cannot take place until January of 2019, due to Brock Lesnar being suspended after testing positive for banned substance clomifene after beating Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but based on all reports the fight is happening. Many online sportsbooks are already taking bets for a fight which has not yet officially been announced and we would advise you to be picky when looking at sports betting websites, as Bovada’s early moneyline has Lesnar at +185 vs Cormier at -235, while BetOnline thinks even less of The Beast Incarnate, setting Lesnar at +235 vs Cormier at -275.
We see value in Daniel Cormier, because he is probably the best overall MMA fighter alive, and he is undefeated at Heavyweight during his career. Both of Cormier’s career losses came against Jon Jones at light heavyweight, and one of those losses was overturned when Jones failed his post fight drug test, leaving many to question if Jones was clean when he beat Cormier the first time. Cormier has dominated much larger heavyweights in the past, such as Soa Palelei, Josh Barnett and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, so he has plenty of success against much larger opponents.
Brock Lesnar has major advantages over Cormier as well, Lesnar is the much bigger man at 6’4 and having to cut major weight to reach 265lbs (Lesnar will be much heavier in the octagon), while Cormier is listed at 5’11 (though he is believed to be much shorter) and will probably enter the octagon against Lesnar around 230lbs. Lesnar has a freakishly long 81” reach while Cormier’s reach is only 72.5”.
It will be interesting to see how the line moves, because while the smart money will be coming in on Daniel Cormier, the casual fans and the WWE crossover audience will be placing wagers on “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.
If we had to make a prediction, Daniel Cormier will wear Brock Lesnar down and cause him to gas, eventually taking Lesnar’s back and winning the fight by submission in the second round, much like the way that Cormier defeated the much more powerful Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.