His win in NY could set up a bout with Brock Lesnar, who has not competed inside the octagon for two years. "Let's go Brock! Bring that belt with you when you come to my house".
Meanwhile, Derrick Lewis recently scored one of the greatest comeback wins in MMA history at UFC 229, defeating Alexander Volkov via knockout with just seconds remaining on the clock.
On paper, Cormier facing Lesnar would be a bigger fight in terms of paycheck, but getting one more shot to avenge his prior loss to Jones represents a massive legacy fight.
Cormier's last fight ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.
"Definitely - He can do anything". He attempts a head kick but Daniel Cormier blocks it and then shoots in for a takedown.
In between rounds, Cormier's corner instructed him to do the exact same thing and exhausted the Black Beast out.
Lewis struggled free to survive the first stanza, although Cormier picked up where he left off in the second round, nullifying Lewis' fabled punching power by securing yet another takedown before choking out the challenger, who in truth had offered little threat throughout.
From there, Cormier climbed around to Lewis' back and quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke, clamping down on the squeeze and forcing "The Black Beast" to tap out.
Daniel Cormier becomes the first double division champion to defend both belts!
It was a cagey start before Cormier took Lewis down about a minute into the fight.
Not long ago, during a backstage encounter, Derrick Lewis jokingly scolded his upcoming opponent Daniel Cormier for disrespecting Popeyes Chicken, which is apparently his favorite fast food chain to eat. "If you have a puncher's chance it's not good enough".
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza connected on a flush right hand to the temple to knock out Chris Weidman in the third round in a battle of two fighters who both badly needed a victory. "In that cell, you tell yourself a lot of things, you say "I'm going to do better when I get out" ... and the vast majority of guys that do say those things, they never change".